Warren Town Meeting

At Town Meeting next Tuesday Warren residents will vote on 18 articles including one that asks voters to direct the select board to not put anymore topsoil on the downside of the Blueberry Lake dam.

Voters will also decide, by Australian ballot, whether to keep the parking lot of the East Warren Schoolhouse as a gravel surface and limit outdoor lighting. The town is in line to receive state funding to pave the parking lot in order to accommodate an official park and ride. The grant requires also requires additional lighting.

The 2010 budget totals $2,142,658, a 7.05 percent increase from last year's budgeted $2,001,591. In 2009 the town expended $2,156,244.

There are two contested races in Warren. This year select board chair Burt Bauchner resigned before his three-year term was up in 2011; Charles Snow and Anson Montgomery are both running for the remaining one year of Bauchner's three-year term.
Andrew Cunningham and Ken Frey are running uncontested for re-election to three and two year select board terms, respectively.

Sandra Brodeur is running for a three-year term as a lister, challenging current lister Priscilla Robinson who is running for re-election.

This year, the annual school meeting will precede regular Town Meeting.

Voters will be asked to adopt the 2010 school budget, totaling $2,102,142, an 11.2 percent increase from last year's $1, 889, 811. The budget will allow the school to hire an additional classroom teacher for the intermediate unit and provide classroom aides to support the larger classes.

The upper unit is expecting 49 students next year; with two teachers and two aides, their classes will average 24-25 students, which is larger than usual for the Warren School. The following year, the upper unit is expected to have only 37 students.

As a result of the 14 percent increase in equalized pupil enrollment and a significant increase in expected revenues, the cost per pupil in the proposed budget will drop from $12,335 to $11,561 and the elementary tax rate will go down from $1.23 to $1.19.

The select board will call the meeting to order at 9 a.m. and immediately adjourn until after the completion of the school meeting. Regular Town Meeting will follow the school district meeting.

Voters will be able to vote, by Australian ballot, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Warren School. Lunch will be served in the school cafeteria between the two meetings.