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LISBON TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES

  

Council Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2018

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LISBON PUBLIC HEARING

Public Hearing Notice - Business Application

Slovak Catholic Assoc - Special Entertainment Permit on Nov. 13, 2018

The Lisbon Town Council will hold a public hearing on November 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Office at 300 Lisbon Street in the Public Meeting Room to consider a renewal Special Entertainment Permit for the Slovak Catholic Association, located at 26 Avery Street in Lisbon Falls, Maine. The public is invited to attend.
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Friday, October 26, 2018

LISBON TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL AGENDA - OCTOBER 30, 2018


LISBON CHARTER COMMUNICATION NOTIFICATION

 

Charter Communications Notification - Effective November 22, 2018

Charter Communications (“Charter”), locally known as Spectrum, is making its customers aware that effective on or after November 22, 1018, Viacom is discontinuing its Nick 2 service. Charter carries Nick 2 on Preferred TV channel 260.
Click here for copy of notification letter.
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LISBON HARVEST POSTPONED

Harvest Festival Postponed to Sunday, October 28th

Stormy predictions for Saturday prompted PCL organizers of the Harvest Festival to postpone to the same time on Sunday October 28th.

Thank You!
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LISBON HARVEST FESTIVAL POSTPONED

  

Harvest Festival Postponed

Stormy predictions for Saturday prompted PCL organizers of the Harvest Festival to postpone to the same time on Sunday November 28th.

Thank You!
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

LISBON TOWN COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

 

Council Meeting - Special

October 30, 2018 Agenda & Attachments

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LISBON LIBRARY CLOSED

Lisbon Library Closed until Monday, October 29th.

Due to the renovations at the Lisbon Public Library, the re-open date is pushed back until Monday, October 29, 2018.  The library will open at 8:30 a.m.  Thank you for your patience.
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Monday, October 22, 2018

WHAT IS GOING ON?


Over the weekend, I had the misfortune to review the Town Council meeting of October 16, 2018.  The meeting lasted two hours and twelve minutes.  It should have taken an hour.  Instead we have two Councilors trying to outdo each other in stupidity. 
 
Councilors LaRochelle and Albert continued to make comments that we already explained.  This is my personal opinion:  (1) LaRochelle just likes to hear himself talk because it makes his ego get bigger and (2) Albert talks to make people believe that he is as smart as All Ward, which will never happen.
 
There was a lengthy discussion between these two on what the towns’ marijuana policy is going to be.  This discussion should have been held during the workshop but apparently was not.  The Council should be united on each item before it is added to the agenda so that the Public can express their concerns.
 
This marijuana policy is being pushed through so very fast.  I believe that Councilor Brunelle is the one doing the pushing.  This is because Brunelle want to corner the market when he opens his marijuana retail store in Lisbon Center.  He is pushing this so he can open before Christmas.  As it is going, I believe, that Lisbon will be the pot capital of Maine.
 
Also, during the meeting it was brought out there will be an environment inspection of the Worumbo Mill property.  The Town Manager acknowledged that the last environmental inspection was done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) several years ago was on file.  If I remember correctly the report found coal ash and other toxics underground on the property.   Councilor LaRochelle was quick to point out this is a different kind of environmental inspection.  I hope this is performed prior to the town purchasing the property for $30,000.00 as agreed by the Council.
 
If you remember a few years past when LaRochelle was last time on the Council, he pushed for the town to purchase the Worumbo Mill from the Millers.  This is when the EPA did their inspection and the people turned it down.  I believe that LaRochelle is back on the Council to purchase the property now.
 
It was also brought out that the Lisbon Communication Center will no longer be dispatching for Durham effective January 1, 2019.  Durham, like everyone else, is having Androscoggin Country Dispatch perform this task.  If Lisbon chose to take advantage of Androscoggin Country Dispatch, it would save the taxpayers over $200,000.00 yearly.  This will never happen because the Town Council is not interested in saving taxpayers money instead spend, spend, spend and raise taxes.  Lisbon has the second highest tax rate in Androscoggin Country.  We passed Auburn this year and will be pushing to pass Lewiston in the years to come.
 
Also, it came out that the town has now loaded the Accounts Payable module of MUNIS.  This has taken close to three years to accomplish load the first module.  I predict that at the current rate, MUNIS will not be fully functional by the end of the seven year contract.  I personally believe this was major blunder, that the Town Manager and Ryan Leighton, forced the Town Council to do.  Now it will cost the people a large amount of tax dollars to correct this mistake but putting this task on the Finance Director is insane.  I have performed several conversion and they are extremely hard for a team of professionals to do but impossible for someone to perform alone.
 
Larry Fillmore

 

 

LISBON PLANNING BOARD MEETING

Planning Board meeting

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DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

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DEMOCRATIC REGISTRATION

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Androscoggin County Budget Committee

Androscoggin County Budget Committee

Public Hearing - Nov 1 2018 at County Building 6:00 PM

See County Budget attached.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

LISBON Rt. 196/125 Road Construction Projects Video

Rt. 196/125 Road Construction Projects Video

This is a short video explaining the referendum question on the November ballot regarding the Rt. 196/125 Road Construction Projects and what the vote would mean.  Rt. 196/125 Video
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

TRULY AMAZING


It is truly amazing to me how Councilors on our Town Council can negotiate the purchase of property, the tax dollars being spent, environmental studies and more.  Then turn around and purchase the property from the town for a song and turn around and make a profit.  I call this abuse of their position.  Currently, we have two Councilors that, I believe, fall into this category.
 
The first one is Councilor Chris Brunelle who purchased the town property at 385 Lisbon Street.  Councilor Brunelle’s desire for the property is to renovate the building into a marijuana retail store.  However, Councilor Brunelle is trying to strong arm our Code Enforcement Officer into getting out of having a structural engineer look at the building.  Our Code Enforcement Officer is doing his job to ensure the building is structurally sound.
 
The second objection I have to this is that even though the zoning is commercial and Councilor Brunelle has a legal right to put a marijuana retail store in Lisbon Center it is located near three housing developments with families and kids. 
 
Councilor Brunelle is currently fighting the emergency moratorium ordinance currently in place.  This is an items on the agenda for October 16, 2018.
 
The next Councilor is Fern LaRochelle, who is on the Town Council for a second time.  During the first time he was on the council, he used the council and his position to purchase town property.  According to the town lawyer, it is perfectly legal for councilors to purchase town property but he never addressed the negotiation by Councilor Fern LaRochelle leading up to the purchase.
 
During the Executive Session, which we are not allowed to see, the Town Council came up with purchasing the property at 1 Canal Street.  This is the location of the old Worumbo Mill site.  The Town Council agreed to purchase the property for $30,000.00 of tax dollars and have an environmental survey done. 
 
This is the same property that is in a flood plain zone which runs to Davis Street.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has told the town about coal ash that is currently under the surface which is very toxic.  I am sure that this idea was that of Councilor Fern LaRochelle directly or indirectly, because Councilor LaRochelle wants to put a garage on that site.  This issue is going to come before the Conservation Commission on October 16, 2018 and I am not sure this commission is aware of the Environmental Protection Agency’s report.  Trust me; I do not believe that Council LaRochelle will bring this to their attention.
 
The two Councilors have used their position on the Town Council for pure profit.  I personally do not believe that this is legal.  For years, I have complained about the “Good Old Boys” network and this is more of the same.  Several years ago the Planning Board approved a Land Use Condition which was for a former Councilor.  It was a “temporary” land use condition with no expiration date.  How can you have a temporary condition without an expiration date?  This situation is still in effect today. 
 
In my opinion, these two Councilors have abused their position on our Town Council for their own agenda for a profit.
 
Larry Fillmore

 

Friday, October 12, 2018

HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!

 
By now everyone has received the information sheet published by the town pertaining to the bonds everyone will be voting on November 6, 2018.  Naturally, this information sheet was sent out after some absentee ballots were issued.  Kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think.
 
This is yet another example of the town spending money.  They have absolutely no problems spending our tax dollars but you never see any councilor trying to save our tax dollars by reducing the town’s operating cost.
 
If one was to pay attention to documents associated with the Town Council agenda for October 16, 2018, they would have noticed that the last paragraph of the Police Department’s report states that come January 2019, the Lisbon Communication Center will no longer be performing dispatching for Durham.  If I remember correctly, that leaves only Lisbon performing dispatching for Lisbon.  This means the taxpayers have to pay for the entire Lisbon Communication Center which was budgeted for $345,246.00.
 
Several years ago, Councilors Garrison and Pesce conducted a survey and determined that by joining the Androscoggin County Dispatch, the town could save at least $200,000.00 per year.  However, the Town Council voted 4-3 not to join Androscoggin County Dispatch and again the following year the Town Council voted 4-3 not to join Androscoggin County Dispatch. 
 
The reason provided was that the Town Council did not want to give up control to Androscoggin County Dispatch.  This effort both times was spearheaded by Fern LaRochelle who neglected to inform everyone that he was and is a subcontractor of the town who works directly with the Lisbon Communication Center.  In my eyes, this was then and still is a conflict of interest that he should have revealed at the time.  Now that he is once again a Councilor, he should recuse himself from any vote on this issue, if it ever came up again.
 
This is an excellent way for the town to save at least $200,000.00 tax dollars and no one is willing to look into saving taxpayers any money, just spending.  It has been proven that letting Androscoggin County Dispatch perform our 911 calls if a much more efficient and at a cost savings to taxpayers.
 
I can almost guarantee you that this will never happen because it makes sense and it is the right thing to do.  No one, from the Town Manager or the Town Council wants to do away with Chief David Brooks’ legacy.  This has nothing to do with logic; it is strictly a political decision.  Well, political decisions do not pay the bills or provide for taxpayers’ family. 
 
So tell me again, why is our Councilors NOT looking for way to save our money?
 
Larry Fillmore

 

 

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA - OCTOBER 16, 2018


LISBON TOWN COUNCIL MINUTES - SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

 

Council Meeting Minutes

September 18, 2018 Minutes

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REVISED TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - OCTOBER 16, 2018

Council Meeting - Revised Agenda/Added Election Warrant

October 16, 2018 Agenda & Attachments

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TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Council Meeting

Joint Meeting w/Planning Board

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LISBON TOWN COUNCIL MEETING - OCTOBER 16, 2018

Council Meeting

October 16, 2018 Agenda & Attachments

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LISBON SCHOOL COMMITTEE AGENDA - OCTOBER 15, 2018