Selectmen’s Meeting, February 27, 2024

February 29, 2024

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Susan Ford, Colby Pert. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Chris diPretoro, (by phone Jerry Wetterskog).

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

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $40,204.56: snow $37,500; Walker Pond $1,166.67; fire protection $320.45; general assistance $606.95; administration $610.49.

CEO REPORT: Answered John Kimball’s question about the Darrell Brown property at Walker Pond, question related to the Town of Brooksville and the DEP is dealing with it; Solar Energy Co., called regarding a permit to install solar panels on a roof at Covenant Way; will visit 12 Coles Way to discuss zoning questions; met with contractor and owners on Harding Lane to start processing their septic plan for the new dwelling; communicated with town attorney about a stream to be resurrected at Black Pond and will be checking the site; viewed tree cutting concerns of neighbors on Alder Lane; discussed shore issues with an Alder Lane owner.

DISCUSSION and/or ACTION ITEMS: 1) Audit Update – Ford will be picking up record books from the auditors and checking about what still needs to be checked. Dow working extra hours to get figures balanced for the year.
Transfer station bill $169,249 for 2024-25; discussed making it a continuing account and putting a little extra in the account each year.
Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to purchase two defibulators at the sale price of $1,029 each. One will be kept in the Town Office and the other at the Town House.
Moved, seconded and voted to join Brooklin in approving Skip Eaton’s bid to install the Hales Hill culvert. His bid was $294,399.36. We have a $150,000 grant, each town has previously approved $40,000, leaving each town to approve another $40,000.
Approved having Eaton’s Excavation do the work on the Town Landing for an estimated $4-5,000. They were the original company to work on the landing.

UNRESOLVED BUSINESS: Looking into health insurance for full time employees.

The office crew would like to thank Chris diPretoro for the delicious chili supper she prepared for a ‘last night treat’.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Wetterskog checked to see if we had heard from Woodward’s about the basement. Astbury will call them again.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m.

Respectfully submitted
Barbara Grindle, Assistant