News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 27, 2014
Penobscot town meeting opens with spaghetti

by Anne Berleant

Penobscot’s annual town meeting will begin with the election of officers on Monday, March 3, at the Penobscot Community School, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters will reconvene on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. to consider the remaining warrant articles. A spaghetti dinner sponsored by the PTF will precede the meeting on March 4, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Stanley Shorey seeks re-election to the board of selectmen, as does Anne Hayes-Grillo to the school committee and Mary Ellen Gross as town clerk. One open school board seat and two on the finance committee have no declared candidates.

The amount to be raised through taxation for the proposed municipal budget is $215,518—not the $264,320 reported in the February 20 Castine Patriot—for a total school and municipal amount of $1,812,455 proposed to be raised through taxation. Selectman Paul Bowen, in a telephone call to the Castine Patriot, stated that the $502,320 municipal budget has stayed about flat from last year, not including the $46,802 from the state Urban Renewal Initiative Grant to the Town Road Capital Improvement account.