Selectmen’s Meeting, February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Garry and Leslie Schneider, Christine diPretoro, Jerry and Allison Wetterskog, Chris Lynch, CEO/LPI Duane Ford, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 2-0 (Publicover abstained) to accept them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $15,690.72; clearing $2,981.43, fees $187, administration miscellaneous $213.80, Snowman (town reports) $1,067.63, J. Wadman (Feb. audit) $04,202.75, S.J. Rollins (computers, firewall) $1,371, general assistance $1,423.91, fire protection $280.41, town office $179.82, road salt $3,339.25, town office equipment $274.25, streetlights $151.44, town house lights $15.53.

CEO REPORT: Still doing plumbing permits, a solar panel project is going to the Planning Board and will need a public hearing, the boathouse project has had a second meeting with a DEP person from Augusta and lawyers, our ordinance will be followed carefully. Trying to make sure that all contractors that work in the shoreland zone are certified or are attending the class in Ellsworth this month; a landowner in the shoreland zone is asking about, and needing, a permit for tree cutting in the zone.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Internet speed upgrade – discussed upgrade speed. Will check around for a second opinion.
Request for addition to website – Decided that if the addition does not benefit people in town, we do not need to add links to our website.
TRIO demonstration date – no date yet.
Town Meeting notes – will take up next week after everyone has had time to make notes and decide who is going to respond. Astbury will take care of fire and be in and out of the Town House on Super Tuesday.
A tree growth renewal has been discussed with the assessing agent.
An abatement request was also turned over to the assessing agent.
Schneiders commented on the results of the school testing, GSA didn’t even have their results in the Ellsworth American so there is still no transparency from them.

ADJOURN: There being no further business moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant