Bethel Town Meeting: 'No' on dog park; 'Yes' on basketball court
Highlights of votes at the June 12 annual Bethel Town Meeting:
(188 voters turned out for the meeting.)
1. A proposed dog park (funded by donations) for Davis Park was defeated.
2. A basketball court (funded by donations) proposed for the same site was approved.
3. A proposal for selectmen to accept donations to implement recommendations of a Recreational Facilities Committee tasked with coming up with an overall recreational plan, to include a dog park and a basketball court, was defeated.
4. A resolution originally approved at a special town meeting in January opposing the possible flow of “tar sands” oil through Bethel via the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line was rescinded.
5. A proposed plan to amend the Sign Ordinance was approved.
6. A Capital Improvements proposal, most of it for roadwork, was reduced from $815,000 to $569,500 (including reductions of $180,500 for Chapman Street work Town Manager Jim Doar said could not be done this year; $25,000 for Cole Block improvements; and $40,000 that would have been raised privately for a dog park).
7. A recommendation by selectmen to take $100,000 from the Undesignated Fund Balance to reduce taxes was increased to $250,000.
(More on the meeting in the June 20 Citizen.)