Selectmen’s Minutes June 25, 2015



June 25, 2015


            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Fire Chief David Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Robert Jones, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Health Officer Dennis DeSilvey


Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $89,247.61; education was $83727.20, Emera for a total of 386.54 (fire depts., streetlights, town office, town house), 911 dispatching 3rd quarter $592.02, RJD for spring work $3,090.


Tax collector, Treasurer. Clerk:  Have the auditor do an audit before new tax collector takes over,

Discussed a 3’x 5’ banner on the lawn for Nichols Day Camp, decided not to allow it because it would be setting a precedent.  Signed the contract with James Wadman for auditing the town books this year.  Agreed to put nails in window sills at office for the fans before July 4.  Filing cabinet needs to be put down cellar.


OLD BUSINESS:  Dennis DeSilvey was in to check on the town dock grant progress, discussing options, need to decide whether to go for the grant or not.

Discussed abatement book issues.  Found abatements, process not completed.

Signed the contract with James Wadman, CPA for auditing the town books.

Grindal has ordered a catalog for office furniture, needing partitions for clerk/collector desks.

Plowing contract still pending.

Met with a candidate for the tax collector position.  Discussion on two candidates.  Grindal motioned to appoint one of the candidates, no second.  Astbury moved to hire Belinda Pert back conditionally, pending her return to work off the time she was paid to do town business during her prior term as tax collector.  Davis seconded the motion, voted 2-1 (Grindal). Astbury to contact Belinda Pert.


NEW BUSINESS:  Signed the mutual aid contract for the fire department.  Moved, seconded and voted 2-0-1 (Astbury) to support the ‘memo of understanding’.  Astbury is an officer of the department, Carter is the new president of the association.  They also mentioned that the fire department got a safety grant for $950 from MMA for traffic control equipment.


CEO REPORT:  There have been complaints about the Strong Brewing Company expansion.  CEO will contact the Strong’s and let them know.    He will be meeting with Hancock County Soil & Water to inspect the old landfill site.  He has sent photos to DEP but has had no response yet.  Many other projects in the work, including new home on Herrick Rd, timber cutting on the Reach Road, a new addition, and the new draft of the shoreland zoning ordinance from the state.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted to adjourn at 7:15 pm.


                                    Ben Astbury, Selectman