Limestone mil rate set at 23.5

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President of the Limestone Snow Hawks Phil St. Peter, announced that the snowmobile club had awards created for former Limestone Recreation Director Amanda Brooker and Trombley Industries for their assistance to the club.

By Natalie Bazinet
Staff Writer

LIMESTONE — A 23.5 mil rate for the town of Limestone will provide an overlay of $24,014 according to Town Manager Donna Bernier, and the town’s Board of Selectpeople approved the mil rate at Bernier’s recommendation.

During their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 19, the selectpeople were also slated to review the contract Limestone has with Fort Fairfield to share the services of a fire chief.

The selectpeople tabled reviewing the contract until the three-person board was returned to its five-person capacity — which the board also discussed the timeline for.

Two seats vacated by the resignation of former Selectpeople Danny Gahagan Sr. and Jimmy Pelletier will be filled during an election on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Potential candidates were provided the opportunity to take out nomination papers starting on Sept. 16, and all nomination papers are due back to the Town Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

Voters will elect new selectpeople to fill the two terms — one term that runs until June of 2013 and the other runs until June of 2014.

Discussion between the selectpeople, Bernier and Town Clerk Marlene Durepo concluded that holding the municipal election in conjunction with Election Day on Nov. 6 would be overwhelming for those counting ballots come the night of Nov. 6; Durepo explained that last presidential election, officials counted ballots until nearly midnight and had to return the following morning to finish.

Selectperson Gary O’Neal expressed his concern that those working the harvest may have difficulty making it to the polls, but was assured that absentee ballots will be available for those who don’t have time to vote.

While the selectpeople have set a date for the board to be filled once more, there was news of a new recall petition during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Helping coordinate the second recall petition is former Selectperson Gahagan, who expressed that he’d fielded an enormous amount of phone calls after the first recall petition was found to be invalid due to a formatting technicality. The town’s attorney explained his findings on the recall petition in a letter dated Sept. 12.

Gahagan explained that accurate petitions have been created, “and we’re going to file the petition, gentlemen.”

“One hundred eighty taxpayers, 180 registered voters don’t have faith in your ability to lead the town,” he added, asking Bernier how much it has cost the town to obtain legal opinions.

Aside from the recall petition, the town has sought legal opinions regarding the approved motion to not reappoint Police Chief Stacey Mahan during their July 18 meeting and the approved motion to terminate the contract with Fort Fairfield for a shared fire chief as of Oct. 15 during their regularly scheduled on Aug. 15 meeting.

Gahagan asked Bernier why the taxpayers were paying for the legal opinion, and not the selectpeople.

“You each get a stipend; I say split it down the middle and cut that bill three ways,” he suggested to the board. “We should not be paying for your mistakes.”

The other resignation that occurred for the town this summer was that of their former recreation director, Amanda Brooker, who now works for RSU 39.

President of the Limestone Snow Hawks Phil St. Peter, accompanied by Adam White, stated during the public comments portion of the meeting that the snowmobile club had awards created for both Brooker and Trombley Industries.

“[Brooker] has helped us out a lot with projects and getting grants done,” St. Peter explained. “Trombley’s donated a lot of concrete blocks to us because we had a bridge fall down and we had to rebuild the whole structure; I would just like to thank both of them.”

The next meeting of the Limestone Selectpeople is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building.