Selectmen’s Minutes, January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Bob Publicover, Horace Wardwell, Doug Drown, Chris Elkington, Susan Ford, Leslie and Garry Schneider, Paul Trowbridge, John Higgins, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Met with the budget committee, Superintendent Elkington and School Board Chair Susan Ford at 5 p.m. to discuss the school budget. It will be voted on by the school board at their next meeting and any changes will be made then. Excellent presentation by the Superintendent.

There being one correction in the minutes of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept the minutes with that correction. (The tower is not a cell tower, The word ‘cell’ was eliminated.)

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $7,336.55; roads $3,960, general assistance 820.34, administration $128.43, HCPC dues $1,250, RCC quarterly payment $663.78.

NEW BUSINESS: Discussed the on-going problem of water over the road on Old County Rd. The road was closed during the recent storm because of flooding. There doesn’t seem to be any beaver dams backing the water up, so something is going to need to be done to raise the roadbed above the water.
Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to set February 8 at 7 p.m. for the public hearing on the Strong Brewing Company’s entertainment permit.
Upcoming meetings for the budget committee were set for: tonight – school budget with Superintendent Elkington, Monday Jan. 22 for the non-profit requests and Monday Jan. 29 for finalizing the town’s budget requests.

OLD BUSINESS: Higgins reported on efforts to stock alewives back into some ponds and streams that historically had them. Requested that the selectmen write a letter to the Department of Marine Resources in support of the program.
Scheduled a meeting with town attorney to discuss acquisition of town dock easement.
Fire chief is looking into combining vendors for heating fuels. Currently working with three separate vendors.

CEO REPORT: Waiting for harbormaster to get home from Florida before discussing money for floats at the dock. Still working on the soil erosion problem. Talking with DOT representative at the dock, weather permitting, Thursday to look at the floats and discuss a possible grant. Asking Planning Board to call a public hearing to discuss the updated Shoreland Zoning Ordinance.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant