Selectmen’s Meeting, April 27, 2023

April 20, 2023

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

Moved, seconded and voted to accept the minutes of the last meeting as amended.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $9,379.95: roads $2,175; general assistance $1,213.96, fire protection $2,588.21; administration $1,041.32; fees $75, clearing/m/v $2,286.46.

CEO REPORT: Road signs at former Mariner’s Pub are responsibility of DOT; road commissioner referred to in case of a new culvert on Christy Hill Road; storm damage to the shore and a pier considered serious, told that a DEP permit would be necessary for the contractor to do the work; Walker Pond Access repair work needs a DEP application; property owner on Reach Road worried about an adjacent shed falling on their property; first inspection for septic system on Dan’s Lane done; updated inspection for a property on Walker Pond; difficult tree extraction on Carter Point, Astbury will check on it.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) RBAC meeting recap: Beninati reported that they have decided to dissolve but to leave enough money to dissolve and then close the account.
2) Hale’s Hill Road Update: May be able to access RBAC funds to help rebuild the bridge. Assistant has found information in town records of 1796 that indicate that all town roads will be three rods wide. When was the Hales Hill Road built?
3) Offer for Office Assistance: Offer repeated for assistance in the office if needed.
4) Job description – appointed positions – The state has descriptions for elected officers, appointed committee members may need a clear description of their duties.
5) Unresolved Business: a) Received a letter regarding the Deer Isle causeway rebuild; would Sedgwick join with Deer Isle and Stonington and sign a letter to that effect? Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve, sign and scan the letter to Town Manager Jim Fisher of Deer Isle. b) Strong from Strong’s Brewery apologized for not being at last week’s meeting and thanked everyone for the permit.
c) Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approved general assistance case #590 for assistance. d) the vault
behind the town office needs some repair, Pert will contact someone.

ASSISTANT’S REPORT: Working on the Hales Hill Road measurements, hoping to find actual metes and bounds (and date of build). Will also call Public Access chairman to activate the committee.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Beninati would like to have a table at the town meeting to present information about the updating of the Comprehensive Plan. Would like to have input from the taxpayers.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant