Selectmen’s Meeting, August 29, 2019

August 29, 2019

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Marti Brill, Chris diPretoro, Jerry & Alison Wetterskog, ACO Allen Van Reisjen, Fire Chief David Carter, CEO Frank Tracy, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Moved, seconded and voted to amend the minutes of the August 15 minutes to eliminate the references to environmental issues made in the public comments by diPretoto. Her comments were about the collaboration of the town and school for the benefit of both.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $132,027.31; animal control $683.83, fees $98,
fire protection $144.06, clearing m/v $1,544, administration $284.64, transfer station $26,367.50, county tax $102,905.28.

CEO REPORT: Some activity today, one in the shoreland zone. Working on getting the paperwork together regarding a freedom of information request.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Animal control spends a lot of time looking for lost dogs that may not be part of his job. An issue has been recurring with dogs getting loose and killing the neighbor’s chickens. Checking frequently and monitoring the dogs, their fencing and the puppies. Advised to check with Animal Welfare to see if there is assistance available and what he is actually authorized to do to with the animals. The animals must be under control at all times and they are not.
Sedgwick School Strategic Plan is moving ahead. Discussed questions for the survey that will be going out to the taxpayers. This will be advertised in many ways in hopes that everyone has the opportunity to fill it out.
Harding Lane Repair Update: nothing has been done yet. Still waiting for Emera to remove the tree.
Chief Carter brought in copies of the inter-town agreements for “automatic mutual aid’ between the area towns. The selectmen signed them. He also reported that the department has passed their equipment tests, of the 880 feet of hose, two sections have been taken out of service.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant