Selectmen’s Meeting, April 8, 2021



April 8, 2021


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan.  Also present:  Assistant Barbara Grindle, (by phone CEO Duane Ford, Fire Chief David Carter, Jerry Wetterskog, Budget Committee members Leslie Schneider, Susan Ford, Doug Drown, Horace Wardwell.)


Added the date of the Planning Board meeting to the minutes of the last meeting.  Moved, seconded and roll call voted to accept the minutes as amended.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $5,953.93:  fees $180, clearing/mv $3,308.50, town dock $135, administration $546.79, town office $60, general assistance $860, fire protection $805.31, m/v overpay $57.53.


CEO REPORT:  Question: if we remove a part of the house and add a porch, will need a permit? Yes.  Resident sent a court opinion regarding rights of way, suggested that private property owners try to settle before going to court; received a call from a concerned citizen regarding a landowner who is putting in a new driveway in danger of making a subdivision?  Another landowner wondering if he needs a building notification form for his improvements, question from an out-of-town CEO regarding the Walker Pond court case; and a Caterpillar Hill resident expanding his septic system and water, suggested he talk to a well driller.


FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  Did an in-person meeting that was very well attended.  Checking with Sheahan about vaccination clinic set up, Monday morning attended a structure fire in Deer Isle.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Work Session with Budget Committee – Worked on next year’s budget, assistant will total figures and send to committee.

2)  Any Unresolved business – The gathering limit at the gym will be ok for the in-person business portion of the town meeting.

Selectmen have reviewed the bid packets for the town dock, will call Steve Blaisdell and give him the go-ahead to send them out.

The numbers have changed for the purchase of the 3 heat pumps, but still within the budget of $5,000, including the electrical work.

The vaccination clinic to be held at the Fire Station on April 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. will be Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18 and up.


ACTION ITEMS:   Moved, seconded and voted that the referendum question regarding George Steven Academy’s tuition increase will be held at the Town House on Friday, June 4 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  The business portion of Town Meeting will be held at the school gym on June 5, starting at 9 a.m.


EXECUTIVE SESSION pursuant to MRSA Title 1, Section 405.6.A.1 permitted deliberation:  Left at 8:10 p.m., returned at 8:47 p.m.  No decisions.


ADJOURNED:  After the executive session.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant