Selectmen’s Meeting, April 14, 2022

April 14, 2022

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Susan Ford, (by phone Fire Chief David Carter, Jerry Wetterskog, Donna Beninati, Jeffrey Roth)
Changed wording on two sentences in the written record. Moved, seconded and voted to accept them as amended.
Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $125,947.63: fire protection $150; education $121,490.42; administration $67.90; sludge $60; clearing m/v $4,179.31.
CEO REPORT: Borrego has started work on the solar farm, had to move location because of a deer yard and ran into ledges, blasting, but work is going on; TNT has been inspected, there is concern of draining fluid, but it is cleaned up every night, crushed automobiles are being removed, and tires are removed monthly, fire chief says that there isn’t enough foam in the area fire departments to put out a large tire fire so should keep tires apart from all other areas, TNT willing to work with town to solve any concerns: town suggests a higher fence around the tires especially and monthly inspections to keep on top of any possible problems, will also keep state informed, he has a small lot in Bucksport, but is looking for more space for storage, does not remove and sell auto parts; had a complaint about a driveway 73 ft. from a brook (shoreland zoning requires 75 ft.), this is a DEP area, will send a letter of explanation to the owner; questions about solar panels on a home; a temporary dock will become a DEP issue if there will be soil disturbance; the people at the former Mariner’s Pub would like to do a take-out and have several campsites, they may need to come to the Planning Board depending on the number of campsites, this is not a change of use because the Pub had take-out facilities; an owner on Walker Pond has worked with the DEP on work to be done preparing for a new home and septic system, seem to be doing a good job; A Carter Point property acquired a shed that needs a building notification permit; and the caretaker for a property on Walker Pond will call DEP about repairs to a boat house near the shore.
DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) Town Meeting Date – Still waiting for the audit. No date set for the business portion of the meeting. Referendum voting will be at the Town House on April 29 at 1 p.m.
2) Strong Brewing Amusement Permit Renewal – CEO has inspected the facilities and they are okay, there have been no formal complaints although parking is a constant problem that they are trying to work out with larger parking area, perhaps they should put up ‘no parking’ signs alongside the road.
3) Regional meeting April 13 – The meeting went well with representatives from the area towns. Some of the areas to be worked on include workplace housing, which is a major issue, paving, scholarships for trade schools. The next meeting will be in June or July.
4) Unresolved Business – Jay Peterson left a sign to go on the Town House as a gift to the town. It reads “Sedgwick Meeting House Oldest Voting Station in the United States Built 1793”. Thank you Jay, it will be displayed in a prominent spot in the building.
ACTION ITEMS: Moved, seconded and voted to approve the Amusement Permit Renewal for Strong Brewing, LLC.

Opened the Public Hearing for the GSA tuition referendum at 7 p.m. GSA representatives made an explanation of their request. There were no questions.
Closed the Public Hearing at 7:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant