Selectmen’s Meeting and Public Hearing, September 24, 2020



September 24, 2020


Opened the meeting and established a quorum.  Selectmen present: Ben Astbury (by phone Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan).  Also present:  CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, John Higgins, (by phone, Chris diPretoro, John Devin, Ciona Ulbrich, John Allen).  Devin, Ulbrich, Allen for the public hearing.

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and roll call vote 3-0 to approve them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $6,860.76; clearing:m/v $5,554.74, plumbing $77.50, fees $212, town dock $120, fire protection $563.23, sludge $120, streetlights $102.44, town office $73.21, town house $15.08, administration $22.56.

CEO REPORT:  There has been activity on the field adjacent to Carter Point, spoke to owner about necessary erosion control; request for an occupancy permit on Acadia Oakes so the plumbing is complete and needs inspection, if person acquiring Mariner’s Pub uses the kitchen, it is not a change of use, property may be split, plans not final for anything, Martin property on Carter Point needs soil erosion control, owner asking to be sure what needs to be done.

FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  pumps and airpacs all inspected and looking good.  Article in Packet explaining the cooperation between Stonington, Deer Isle, and Sedgwick and problems getting volunteers and having difficult dispatch access in each town.  Looking into internet upgrade for the station.  Will meet with selectmen and registrar to inspect the fire station for election accesses Wed at 4:30 p.m.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:  Planning Board Discussion:  Moved, seconded and roll call vote 3-0 to move a full member to alternate and an alternate member to full membership.  One member going on vacation and will be back in spring.  Will need resignations to be able to reappoint in rearranged positions.

Any Unresolved Business: the new LRAP papers are here, Assistant will do report, selectmen will sign.  Due Nov. 1, 2020.

Signed Constitution Week resolution for Brooksville DAR chapter.

Clerk connected with new snow contractor and got paperwork straightened out.



PUBLIC HEARING :  Nine members present, 6 via teleconference.  Opened at 7 p.m. closed at 7:28 p.m.

Snow’s Cove Road culvert replacement:  By signing the DOT document the culvert project will be put on the calendar for July 2021.  This is a $1.25 million project that will allow the alewives into Snow’s Brook and have a 80-100 year lifespan.  There is grant funding to cover the town’s portion of the cost.  Traffic will need to be rerouted through Sargentville.  The construction window is tentatively from July 15 to possibly into September.  The weather will determine how long construction will last.  This is a municipal project   partnership with DOT.  Grants will cover Sedgwick’s contribution thanks to Ulbrich and Maine Heritage Trust for acquiring the grant for the project.

Proposed local General Assistance Ordinance and Appendices for 2020-2021:  The hearing for the adoption of the 2020-21 General Assistance appendices did not have any questions after GA deputy administrator Grindle explained the changes and that the COVID 19 rules are still in place.  There have been no requests for help this summer which is not unusual.

Closed the Public Hearing at 7:28 p.m.


REOPENED SELECTMEN’S MEETING:  7:29 P.M.  Discussed accepting the DOT contract.  Moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to sign the contract for DOT to put on next summer’s work.

Discussed and signed the General Assistance changes.  Assistant will mail signed papers.

ADJOURN:  Moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant