Selectmen’s Meeting, April 13, 2023

April 13, 2023

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Susan Ford, Colby Pert. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Donna Beninati, (by phone Jerry Wetterskog).

Approved the minutes of the last meeting with mentioned corrections.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $100,215.65: education $95,945.65; clearing/M/V $4,330.

CEO REPORT: Received a building notification form from resident at Dan’s Lane; resident called to get a permit for a heavy load to be delivered (road(s) were posted, have now been released), DOT was called and she is ok for a delivery; phone calls nearly every day regarding septic field data on a property- the septic field is on the opposite side of the road from the residence; also doing paperwork with a landowner on Black’s Pond. Still no DEP person for this area and there are several properties that were visited last fall that need following up.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) RBAC meeting Tues. 4/18 -4:30 p.m. via Zoom – Possible dissolution; what to do with the finances.
2) Fidium Flyers – Abbie McMillan has made some up for the public. Don’t think we need any. Sedgwick is being hooked into the system already. Ford will check with Consolidated Communications regarding prices for the Town Office and the Fire Department.
3) Unresolved Business – a) Jon Woodward is now chairman of the Planning Board, David Carter is vice chair and secretary; b) a meeting at this office of the Community Resilience Committee tomorrow at 2:30 to discuss roads and bridges; c) road at Black Pond access needs work, the water is nearly level with the road; d) the Planning Board feels that writing the comprehensive plan is more than they can handle, it makes sense to have the consultant do the writing and the Planning Board do the public-related work. Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to have Beninati contact the consultant for an estimate for the work and to start as soon as possible, payment to be held off until after July 1; e) Astbury will contact the auditors to see if we can get a financial statement We need to decide about a date for Town Meeting.

ADJOURN: Adjourned the meeting at 6:59 p.m. Reconvened the meeting at 7:06 p.m. to move, second and vote 3-0 approve the sum of $2,000 for Levine Planning Strategies to be paid after July 1 for work on the comprehensive plan.

Public Hearing – 7 p.m. Strong Brewery Amusement License Renewal Request- Opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. with 7 people present. No one here from Strong’s but application is in order, there have been no complaints and they will be keeping the same hours, etc. Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to renew the amusement permit for Strong Brewing, upon inspection of the CEO. Closed the public hearing at 7:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant