Selectmen’s Meeting, February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Ciona Ulbrich, John Higgins, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

With one correction, (the Benjamin River Bridge will be closed until May 14, not June 14) the minutes were approved.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $234,055.74; education was $182,377.87, snow $29,725.71, audit $4,619.25, general assistance $1,991.04, clearing MV $1,409.50, I/F $1,689, Animal Control $83, H/F $76, fees $214.20, town office $349.60, administration $9,528.06, fire department $1,987.27.

OLD BUSINESS: Ulbrich and Higgins discussed the Snow’s Cove Bridge area of the alewife project. Ulbrich will write a letter confirming the town’s support of the project, thus giving permission for grant applications. The town will not be obligated to put any money into the project except perhaps hiring an engineer, and this would be reimbursed to the town. They are talking about a 2021 timeframe and closing the area from July 30 to Sept. 30 to protect the fish already in the stream. The town will be partnering with Nature Conservatory and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. They are hoping to re-establish the alewife runs.
Extensive discussion of the discovery of a tax collection issue. Checks from some escrow accounts have not been processed or secured. Selectmen will research the overseeing and safeguarding of tax collection and the signatory of the town checking accounts.
There will be a pre-construction meeting of the Benjamin River Bridge contractors on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the town office.
A reminder of the Sedgwick/Brooksville Town Landing Committee at the Brooksville town office on Wednesday, February 13 at 9 a.m.
We will have a meeting with the lawyer on February 19 regarding possibly representing the town in a shoreland zoning issue.
Sheahan is doing research on the Surry/Blue Hill Transfer Station history.

CEO REPORT: CEO had to leave early to attend a meeting but left a written report for the selectmen.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant