February 25

Flat budget to be presented at Cornville Town Meeting

First Selectman Melvin Blaisdell, who is running unopposed again this year for a three-year term, said municipal spending will still be about $543,000.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

CORNVILLE — Aside from raising $9,000 to buy a new stainless steel sander for the Highway Department this year, municipal spending proposed at Saturday’s annual Town Meeting is expected to remain about the same as was approved by voters at last year’s meeting.

The Town Meeting is set for 10 a.m. at the Cornville Town Hall on West Ridge Road. Polls for the election of town officers will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the same location.

First Selectman Melvin Blaisdell, running unopposed again this year for a three-year term, has been a Cornville selectman for 35 years and board chairman since 1988.

The budget approved at the 2013 annual Town Meeting was about $543,000, which Blaisdell said should be about the same this year, leaving the tax rate at $16.70 for every $1,000 in property valuation.

Blaisdell, 64, said veteran Road Commissioner Myron Moody Jr. also is on the ballot unopposed, but the town needs a candidate for a vacant seat on the School Administrative District 54 Board of Directors.

Cornville has two seats on the 23-member school board. Jennifer Lynds, whose term of office expires this year, has declined to seek another term, leaving the seat open for a write-in candidate for a three-year term.

“No one took out papers,” Blaisdell said. “Hopefully somebody is interested enough to do a write-in for SAD 54 director.”

Board member Theresa Howard’s term of office is up in 2015.

In voting from the floor of the meeting Saturday morning, voters will be asked to raise $65,000 for the disposal of recyclables and solid waste, $130,000 for winter roads, $90,000 for summer roads and $40,000 for Highway Department equipment. Also proposed is the annual payment of about $79,000 for the 2011 paving project loan for town roads.

The budget draft also calls for raising $60,000 for general town government expenses.

Residents also will be asked to raise $16,000 for the Cornville Volunteer Fire Department.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367 dharlow@centralmaine.com Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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