S.P. 603 - L.D. 1626
Resolve, Regarding the Town of Cooper
Mandate preamble. This measure requires one or more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures. Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21, 2/3 of all of the members elected to each House have determined it necessary to enact this measure.
Sec. 1. Department of Transportation, Town of Cooper and surrounding communities to develop plan for road maintenance. Resolved: That the Department of Transportation, the Town of Cooper and the surrounding communities are directed to develop a plan for winter maintenance for Route 191, including the section of Route 191 that is currently the responsibility of the Town of Cooper. The plan must include fiscal and planning support; and be it further
Sec. 2. State Planning Office and Town of Cooper to develop plan for Municipal Officer position vacancies. Resolved: That the Executive Department, State Planning Office and the Town of Cooper are directed to initiate cooperative efforts with adjacent towns to share town services to address the vacancy issues in municipal officer positions that are being experienced by the Town of Cooper; and be it further
Sec. 3. Report and recommendations. Resolved: That the Department of Transportation, the Executive Department, State Planning Office and the Town of Cooper shall report their plans and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government no later than January 15, 2006; and be it further
Sec. 4. Administrative support. Resolved: That the Department of Transportation and the Executive Department, State Planning Office shall provide administrative support for the development of plans, and any costs associated with this study must be absorbed within existing budgeted resources; and be it further
Sec. 5. Authority to report out legislation. Resolved: That the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government is authorized to report out legislation that addresses the plans and recommendations in section 3 to the Second Regular Session of the 122nd Legislature, including allowing the Town of Cooper to continue its deorganization process.
Effective September 17, 2005.
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