Dresden will hold the open portion of its annual town meeting outside the fire station at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 18.
The secret-ballot portion of town meeting will coincide with the state primary election Tuesday, July 14. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pownalborough Hall, next to the fire station.
Dresden Fire Chief Steve Lilly is cleaning the fire station for the meeting, Third Selectman Allan Moeller said at the Tuesday, July 7 selectmen’s meeting. He said the fire trucks will be moved out of the station to allow for physical distancing and the bay doors will be open for ventilation.
“He said we would definitely have the fire station ready,” Moeller said.
Chairs will be spaced 6 feet apart.
The selectmen agreed that if more than 50 people show up, an alternative plan would need to be implemented because of statewide restrictions on gatherings of more than 50.
Town Administrator Michael Henderson said by phone Wednesday, July 8 that he does not expect more than 50 people to attend. But he said if attendance does exceed 50, the space outside the fire station or Pownalborough Hall could be used for overflow, with the proceedings being broadcast into the overflow area.
The municipal budget totals $1,048,882, an increase of $59,939 or 6.06%.
Also on July 7, the selectmen approved the warrant for the RSU 2 budget referendum. Dresden’s share of the school district’s budget totals $1,769,226.12, up $51,999.12 or 3.03%.
The next selectmen’s meeting will be held via Zoom at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 21.