TOWN OF SEDGWICK
January 11, 2018
Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Mia Strong, Bob Publicover, Dennis DeSilvey, CEO Duane Ford, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.
There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to dispense with reading the minutes of the last meeting and accept them as written. There was no meeting on January 4 because of a snowstorm.
Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrants for January 4 and January 11, 2018. January 4, 2018, warrant for $43,194.63; salaries for office staff $7,733.36, stipends for planning board $1,200, stipends for fire department $1,200, wages for chief $666.67, wages for harbormaster $700, wages for Emergency Management officer $75, taxes for all $895.07, snow $29,142.86. January 11, 2018, warrant for $96,497.14; general assistance $2,588.70, school $86,369.38, town office $771.87, road salt $3,080.84, fire department $2,598.76.
NEW BUSINESS: Strong presented a renewal application for summer entertainment at Strong Brewing Company, 7 Rope Ferry Road, Sedgwick. Selectmen accepted the application and will set a date for a public hearing.
After discussion, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 not to plow the road to the Salt Pond Access this year.
Animal Control Officer Allan vanReijsen reported about animal control issues during the time he has been in the office. He will have a list of things that he needs for the position and the selectmen will see how much they can provide.
OLD BUSINESS: Fire chief is getting quotes to look at going back to the original heating system at the Ridge Road station. He will also see if he can package fuel and propane for a better price.
Hale’s Hill road and bridge posting has been discussed with the Brooklin selectmen, who have the same concerns about traffic and weight limits when the South Blue Hill Falls Bridge is posted and traffic is diverted. Will check with DOT on last inspection of the bridge and how much weight it must support. Are there regulations that have to be considered to post them? Will try to set up a meeting between the two selectboards and representatives from DOT to discuss several aspects of the posting of the road and the bridge.
Sheahan updated as much as possible on the marijuana situation within the legislature’s process. In the new wording – opt in or opt out – the town is forced to make some kind of decision on having or not having regulations on the use of recreational marijuana.
Town Dock grant, put on the back burner until the harbormaster returns from Florida and can be involved in the discussion. CEO will talk with him and get back to the board.
CEO REPORT: Concerned about paperwork on the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance. Had a good meeting with the Planning Board. Everyone is still concerned about the abandoned tower. The owners of the property are still trying to get the former owners to take it down. A deadline may be necessary.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m.
Barbara Grindle, Assistant