Selectmen’s Meeting, August 3, 2023



August 3, 2023

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Susan Ford, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Greg Phillips, Donna Beninati, Garry & Leslie Schneider, Rhoda Grant, Judy Herrick, Pam Tobey, Allen Kratz, (by phone Jerry Wetterscog, Robin Colburn.


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


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $153,420.60:  education $130,418.08; administration $7,714.37; town dock $500; roads $3715, general assistance $1139.42; clearing $3,667.69; fees $153.60; fire protection $879.91; streetlights $147.42; town house $21.64; snow $44.63; town office $173,05; sludge $60; plumbing $265; town office equipment $1,997.05.


CEO REPORT:  1)  Informed Mr Smith that his preferred building is a “wet spot” and an unbuildable spot, also sent photos to DEP representative Jordan Kelly;  2)  M. E. Astbury called for inspection permit and final inspection done on a septic system at Frank’s Flat; 3)  sent photos of Peasley lot to DEP’s Kelly and a copy of a previous letter to attorney Bearor;  4)  Checked on shoreland construction at Nesbitt lot on Harding Lane where they have started the foundation; 5)  Brown confirmed on 8 trees planted at his Walker Pond property so far.


DISCUSSION and/or ACTION ITEMS:  1) Opening Bids – property – Opened the two bids present:  Greg Phillips bid $1,000 for Map 5, Lot 51 and Jamie Wood and Barry Duffy bid $3,500 for Map 6, Lot 76.  Will discuss the bids next week.

2)  Leslie Schneider –  Commented on the manner of the election of the school board being confusing;  and conflict on the board is not good for the town.  Suggested that the school post an agenda and minutes of the meetings on the town website so townspeople will know what is being discussed.

3)  Rural Cemetery –  Would like to meet at the office on Monday, August 7 at 2 p.m.  Permission given for the meeting.


UNRESOLVED BUSINESS:  Beninati presented the contract for Levine Planning Strategies to assist in the comprehensive plan rewrite.  Ford signed for the selectboard.

The Harbor Committee asked for help with mowing at the town dock.  Astbury will ask the town officer mower if he would do it.

Gave selectboard copies of the animal control contract to be read.  It would be presented at the next county commission meeting.  Moved, seconded and voted to sign the contract.


ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  LRAP papers came today, will fill them out and send them in.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Kratz gave an explanation of the application for the grant for the Community Resilience Partnership Community Action Grant which will provide 2 heat pumps for each oh the fire department buildings, 1 more heat pump for the town office, and upgrade the school lighting to LEDs. He also presented a resolution from NOAA urging funding to mitigate the effects of Extreme Heat, selectmen moved, seconded and voted to sign the resolution


ADJOURN:   Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 p.m.


Respectfully submitted  Barbara Grindle, Assistant