LISBON

It’s been a little over a month since Lisbon voters finally approved a 2015-16 spending plan for Lisbon School Department, but officials this week are already tackling the 2016-17 school budget.

The Lisbon School Committee will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Lisbon town office. The meeting will consist largely of a budget workshop, after which the committee is scheduled to tentatively approve a budget for the 2016-17 school year.

The Lisbon Town Council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town office where one of the first orders of business is a school budget presentation.

Grant request

The council will also hear a Community Development Block Grant Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program request. In January, the town submitted a letter of intent for a $150,000 facade grant to the CDBG Micro- Enterprise Assistance Program. It has been given the OK to submit a full application.

According to a memo from Economic and Community Development Director Tracey Steuber, the Route 196 Master Plan Committee and town staff recommend that the council authorize the town manager to submit the application for the facade grant and, if successful, accept the money to implement the grant program.

New truck

The council is also expected to discuss replacing the animal control officer’s truck. A memo from Lisbon Police Chief David Brooks notes the town of Sabattus is willing to pay 28 percent of the cost of a truck over several years. Sabattus’ share of the average animal calls received by the Lisbon Communications Center in the past five years is 28 percent. Brooks has received at least eight quotes from five dealers.

In a memo, Town Manager Diane Barnes stated she found that $10,293 in animal control officer fines and fees related to dogs between 2010 and the current fiscal year “has been erroneously diverted” from a reserve account to fund balance. She notes the error should be brought to the attention of the council “to authorize a prior period adjustment to reinstate the cash to the reserve count.”

The council will enter close doors executive sessions to consult with its legal counsel and also for union negotiations.



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