Selectmen’s Meeting, August 15, 2019

August 15, 2019

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Chris DiPretoro, Gerry Schneider, Jerry Wetterskog, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO/LPI Frank Tracy, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve the minutes with one amendment.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $11,693.55; fees $90, animal control $524.26, m/v clearing $1456.95, administration $7,722.34 ($6,683.50 for MMA insurance), roadside mowing $1,600, sludge $300.

CEO REPORT: Busy with more shoreland work, and septic inspections. Hoping to have septic inspections done by September.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Harding Lane Meeting: Sheahan is contacting the people involved in the Harding Lane erosion problem. A meeting is scheduled for next Thursday at 2 p.m. to discuss what is to be done.
Contacting Paul Gallo about electrical upgrade in the two office areas. The estimate given was for doing the electrical panel only. (The amendment in last week’s minutes was addition of the word ‘panel’). The offices are badly in need of more outlets for computers and printers especially.
MMA bills are increasing yearly, Astbury will check with local contractors to see if we can get it less expensively.
Publicover reported that the ladder is on the float at Walker Pond. It is busy there until about 4:30-5 p.m. There will be arrangements made to cover for the inspector that is leaving soon.
Road Commissioner is working on damaged culverts on the Polka Valley Road. He will sell some granite pieces to help pay for the work and replace the bridge work with panels from the DI-Sedgwick bridge that were saved for such projects. Selectmen commended his work on ditching and culvert work on the Walker Pond Access. He will plow the Access road this winter as he has been doing.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Schneider informed the selectmen that they have been tolerant of his whining and complaining about his taxes for years, but they have redeemed themselves this year by reducing his taxes a good deal. Changes in property values reflect the findings of a market analysis completed before tax bills went out in the beginning of August It has resulted in a larger mill rate, but in some cases a lower, perhaps more realistic, value especially on waterfront property.
DiPretoro would like to see more programs between the town and school, especially environmental issues. Sheahan is on the committee to help improve the school programs and will discuss some possible ideas with the school principal, Carla Magoon.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant