Selectmen’s Minutes, August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016

Opened the meeting and established a quorum at 6:06 p.m.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Gordon Schneider, Tax Collector Elizabeth Gray, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting with one amendment.  Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 (Astbury abstained, not present last week) to approve the minutes with the amendment added.  Amendment:  bids were read with bidder’s names, addresses and bid amounts.  No official decision was made.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $30,899.91; town records (2 vital records books) $1,350, administration $ 142.25, transfer station quarterly payment $26,367.50.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Garry Schneider asked how much, if any, was the increase in taxes in view of the school expenses.  He was advised that they increased just under one mil.  He thanked the selectmen for doing their best to keep the taxes down under the circumstances this year.

OLD BUSINESS:  Town Office repairs – Peter Woodward estimated under $500 to fix two doors and install a gutter over the third door.  He was given the go-ahead to do them.  CEO/LPI Ford to work with Woodward to design the handicap bathroom according to ADA requirements.

Town Dock bids:  Astbury read the list of bidders, their town, and the amount of their bids aloud.

Selectmen discussed the bids and the project as a whole.  All bidders were judged to be capable of doing the work.  Farley & Son, Rockport, bid $220,266; Eaton Paving & Excavation, LLC, Deer Isle, bid $79,697; Maine Coast Marine Inc., Winterport, bid $122,900; Chesterfield Associates, Inc. Westport Island, ME bid $138,020.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept the bid from Eaton Paving and Excavation, LLC of Deer Isle for a total of $79,697 for the town dock project.

Town Dock legal analysis:  Davis spoke with the town attorney as voted on by the board to explore the town’s existing rights on the property.

NEW BUSINESS: Selectmen discussed potential dates for starting the review and budget process. Would like to start this fall and include the school budget committee, superintendent, and the town budget committee.

CEO REPORT:  Been working on projects, answering questions, and doing research, etc.  Town is busy.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully saubmitted,
Ben Astbury, 3rd Selectman