Selectmen’s Meeting, August 31, 2023

August 31, 2023

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Susan Ford, Colby Pert. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Fire Chief David Carter, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Approved the minutes of the last meeting as amended.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $163157.33: administration $2,788.82; abatement $773.30, clearing:m/v $3,372.56; roads $6,168; sludge $60; transfer station $34,877.25; county tax $115,327.40.

CEO REPORT: 1) Did a septic inspection at Caterpillar Hill; 2) taxpayer on Ridge Road called about the brook running across the road near her trailer, will need to ask about her septic hook-up; 3) resident on Caterpillar Hill had questions about his building notification form; 4) John Kimball sent time frame for work that needs to be done at Walker Pond; 5) resident of Silver Mine Road asked for an inspection of storm/damaged trees, will visit him soon; 6) will be checking with Versant and property owner on power at Oceanside Lane.

FIRE CHIEF UPDATE: 1) All trucks inspected and ready, equipment inspections during the fall; 2) received word that the department has been awarded a FEMA grant of $80,000 which will buy turnout gear and needed equipment; (five new firefighters added to roster after basic firefighter course); 3) went to Old Forge, NY to check out a truck, found it to be in better condition than expected and brought it home, cost $25,000.

DISCUSSION and/or ACTION ITEMS: 1) Auditing Services – Met with Jim Wadman and discussed the problems with last year’s audit and discussed a time frame for making this year’s audit easier. Moved, seconded and voted to sign the contract with Wadman.
2) Set meeting with Brooklin re: Hales Hill culvert project – Will talk with Brooklin selectboard to set a time for a meeting.

UNRESOLVED BUSINESS: Compusult will be at the town office on Tuesday, September 19 to set up changing email servers.

ASSISTANT’S REPORT: Received notice that the General Assistance guidelines need to be approved before October 1, needs to have a public hearing. Also received the report for Tree Growth that needs to be returned before October 13.


ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:36 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant