Selectmen’s Meeting, June 17, 2021



June 17, 2021


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan.  Also present:  Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle (by phone Jerry Wetterskog, Mia Strong).


There being no errors or omissions in the minutes of June 3 and June 10, moved, seconded and roll call 3-0 voted to accept them as written.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for June 3 for $140,891.09: administration $708.40; transfer station $29,900.75; education $110,281.94.     The warrant of June 10 for $22,513.16: fire protection $822.41; streetlights $107.77; town house $15.53; town office $425; general assistance $580.33; administration $8,539.84; sludge $60; 3-town transfer station $99.67; roads $3150.


CEO REPORT:   Received a call about cutting on the Walker Pond shore, discussed with owner and the cutting is back far enough, cautioned about shoreland stabilizion (no more cutting), may need to replant a little after construction is finished; real estate agents still want more information about an Otter Cove property; information given to representative of SPC cell towers; a Carter Point property needs 150 feet of shore front for each property if splitting; a Doe Circle homeowner wants to use a compost and gray water system instead of a septic – checking to see if its legal to do so; Strong Brewery may not paint crosswalks, etc. on the town road as requested by neighbors, must have DOT permission even on a town road.  Suggested using signage instead.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1) Planning Board Appointment Nominees – Jon Woodward nominated.  Discussion on alternate position needing to be free of conflict of interest possibilities in case of an appeal.

2)  Speed Limit Zones – Request meeting with DOT – all speed limits need to be set by DOT, even on town roads.  Astbury will request a meeting to visit some of the local roads that have no signage.  If a road has no signage restrictions, it is a 45 mph road.  That is too fast in a residential area.

3)  Town Meeting Recap – Everyone in agreement that town meeting went well.

4)  Any Unresolved Business – a) Strong appeared for her amusement permit.  CEO will do his inspection and will take up next week.  No complaints have been heard regarding the entertainment.

b) Route 15 will be closed from July 19 to August 17 for work on the Snow’s Cove Culvert.

c) The transfer station meeting with Blue Hill/Surry went well.

d) Phone meeting with Borrego Solar next week.

e) Assessing agent will be in next week to prepare for commitment. Hoping for first part of July for sending tax bills.


ACTION ITEMS:  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to appoint Jon Woodward to the Planning Board.  Asssistant will make an Ordinance Book for him.


ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  Ellsworth Historical Society presented assistant with two treasurer’s journals covering the years 1915-1929 that they found in a collection of donated books.  Will send a note.


PUBLIC COMMENTS: Wetterskog was happy to see everyone at Town Meeting, Will be in soon.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:04 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,  Barbara Grindle, Assistant