Selectmen’s Meeting, January 5, 2023



January 5, 2023


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


There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded, and voted to approve them as written.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $153,536.30:  administration $11,464.60; fire protection $2,267.48; Walker Pond access $2,333.32; snow $37,500; animal control $250l education $94,574.94; clearing m/v $1782; clearing h/f $387; clearing animal welfare $28; fees $181.40; general assistance $2,950; town office $85; Emergency management officer $75; plumbing $487.50; town dock $700.


CEO REPORT:  Met with a taxpayer to discuss construction of an old cottage and new storage building; met with M.E. Astbury with a septic plan on Frank’s Flat; reviewed site of a proposed dock expansion on Eider Lane, DEP plan received; signed up for a DEP seminar for next week.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Hancock County Planning Commission Dues:  Dues are $1,290 for next year.  Will put in the warrant for town meeting.

2)  Audit Preparation Progress:  Left a message with the auditor, will call again Monday.

3)  Warrant Article Workshop:  Worked on the warrant and will write up articles for several new items.

4)  Unresolved Business:  a) haven’t heard any more from the Island Nursing Home, deadline is passed for a non-profit donation;  b)  DOT requested response re utilities, etc. in the areas scheduled for road work next year, we don’t have any;  c)  make sure the tax collector’s email is on the schedule for training, coordinate with town clerk;  d) school budget-need to present to budget committee;  e) planning for the budget committee to be here on 1/19 or 1/26;  f)  CCI meeting on 1/20 to see what is happening;  g)  snow contractor will have someone shovel and salt town steps and ramp when needed.


PUBLIC COMMENTS: diPretoro asked if the salt used on the town office steps and ramp could be the kind that is safe for animals.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant