Selectmen’s Meeting, July 9, 2015



July 9, 2015


            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Victor Smith, Clare Grindal, Robert Jones, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


            Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting. Moved, seconded and voted to accept 2-0.


            Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $74,008.24.  Education costs of $69,631.69, Hancock County Planning Commission dues of $1,220, MMA quarterly dues of $543.60 and fire department bills of $1,718.20 accounted for most of the warrant.


            Treasurer was asked to have the warrant ready on Wednesday so that the selectmen could go over the bills and check the totals before the meeting starts.   Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 (Astbury absent). 

            Wellman Paving contract needed to be approved and faxed so tarring can begin.  Put the municipal valuation form in the assessing agent’s basket. 


OLD BUSINESS:  Harbor Committee met, but had no quorum.  DeSilvey and Wollmar discussed the grant with the selectmen.  No decision made but Grindal will put a proposal together for the town to do the work themselves.  The grant was approved for 2016 so there is time for decisions to be made whether to go with the state grant or not.

            CEO will try to get a copy of the appeal letter regarding the Strong Brewery and get it to the Appeals Board Chairman.

            School Board Chairman Clare Grindal updated the selectmen on school board business.  We will get more subsidy than we got last year because of special education costs, they have hired a music teacher for 2 days a week, people from Apple and Fairpoint have upgraded technology in the school for the 6,7,8th grade computers, reported on maintenance issues and also reported that they are taking up one budget issue each month instead of doing it all at once.

            Victor Smith asked if the selectmen want him to clean up Billings Cove Access.  He has done it for several years and is willing to continue to do it.  The Public Access Committee wants to put a picnic table and possibly a fireplace down there.  Smith’s offer accepted with appreciation..

            Assistant reported that the salt bid has been accepted by Harcross, our revenue sharing projection is here, the abatements have been signed and she asked for vacation time from July 17–27.  (Vacation was granted.)

            CEO REPORT:  The town landfill has been checked, it is acceptable.  She would like to come back when the grass has grown more, DEP will be kept informed.  There should be no traffic up there.

            The Springer property may have been sold.  It needs to be checked by a soil evaluator to see if it will support a well and septic system.


            ADJOURN:  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.


                                    Barbara Grindle, Assistant to the Selectmen