Selectmen’s Meeting (Draft Minutes) September 10, 2020



September 10, 2020


Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury (by phone Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan).  Also present:  CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Mike Thalhauser, John Higgins (by phone Sarah O’Malley, Chad Blanchard, Jerry Wetterskog, Fire Chief David Carter).

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to accept them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $4,352.28; administration $1,041.41, fire protection $802.70, town office $366.42, town house $80, clearing m/v $1,808.75, fees $203, m/v overpay $50.


CEO REPORT:  Mariners Pub under contract, potential seafood industry; giving out building notification forms; owners of Black Pond property working with town and neighbors, new septics systems on North Sedgwick Road and Seaside Road.


FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  truck pump tests Wednesday.  Truck # 4 needs to go to Colwell’s to fix a possible broken spring.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  Meet and greet with new snow contractor – Spent 9 years doing roads in Trenton, left for personal reasons, currently living in Surry but hoping to relocate to Sedgwick area.  Has 2 wheeler trucks, 2 front end loaders, a grader, some 1 ton trucks and 2 men that will come with him, but would like to hire local trucks and drivers.  Will meet with selectmen and sign the contract next week.

Alewife Committee update – Thalhauser and Higgins presented an update on the Walker Pond alewife situation.  Harvesting had been closed.  The alewife committee from Brooksville and Sedgwick now recommend that DMR allow an open harvest from May 15-June 5, 2021of a personal maximum of 25 fish per day.  Moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to approve harvesting and will notify DMR.

Straw Poll questions for November 3 election? – Discussed and decided that any questions could wait until March elections.

Any Unresolved Business – Publicover and Astbury attended the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday evening at the Ridge Road Fire Station.  Planning Board recommended that the 2 alternates become full time and 2 regulars become alternates.  Astbury will consult with the members regarding the changes.  Acting chairman is taking a leave of absence to travel but will rejoin board when he returns.

Chief Carter and Registrar Reilly will tour the fire station to see if there are any changes needing to be made for the October 15 special town meeting and the  November 3 election.

Checked with tax collector on new equipment and modules.  Will start everything when all of the new equipment is here and working, possibly next week.  Receipt printer working well.

Addressing officer updated new addresses, will notify assistant and tax collector of any changes to keep addresses up to date.


ACTION ITEMS:  Election Equipment – Discussed and then roll call voted 3-0 on 3-sided plastic corregated privacy screens for voting.  Purchase not to exceed $150 total.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:09 p.m.


Respectfully submitted, Barbara Grindle, Assistant