Selectmen’s Meeting, August 25, 2022

August 25, 2022

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Maura Tillotson, Donna Beninati (by phone Jerry Wetterskog, Jeffrey Roth, RH Consulting).

There being two changes in the minutes of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve them as amended.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $3,341.87: town dock $150, sludge $60; roads $1700, Walker Pond access $300, town office $99.25, town house $18.25, streetlights $131.26, fire protection $148.03, clearing:m/v $735.05.

CEO REPORT: The state has not posted septic designs for nearly four years, making our copies vitally important; 159 Carter Point has questions about the size of their septic system; signed a power pole permit for Rocks Way; DEP representative checked out a property on Walker Pond; doing check-ups on places needing building notification forms to make sure they have one.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) Consolidated Communications Meeting – Discussed the status of the fiber installations, still waiting for EPA approvals, but can run the fiber and cables. Order of installations: Deer Isle and then Sedgwick and Brooklin. May not meet the deadline of December 31 because of the lateness of the approvals. Sheahan, Beninati and Wetterskog attended the meeting.
2) Special Town Meeting Warrant Articles – Writing the articles for approval of up to $80,000 from surplus for the snow account and up to $26,000, also from surplus, for the transfer station. Special town meeting September 15, 7 p.m. at the town office.
3) Support Letters for Grant Application – Support letters are needed for the grant to fix the Hales Hill Bridge.
4) Unfinished Business – a) Sheahan attended a meeting with representatives from Deer Isle, Blue Hill and Surry with Jared Golden to discuss the work of Peninsula Tomorrow and the challenges being faced; b) received a donation of $100 for the use of the town dock; c) contacted the town attorney to finalize the snow contract, waiting for the contractor to receive his insurance papers; d) reminder of the special town meeting on Sept. 15; e) contact auditor to start this year’s audit; f) signs are being installed at Ferry Landing this week.

ASSISTANT’S REPORT: DHHS is allocating funds from liquor sales in a one-time supplement to General Assistant programs in municipalities starting August 15. These are to offset the pandemic costs related to General Assistance.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle. Assistant