TOWN OF SEDGWICK
June 25, 2020
Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury (by phone Michael Sheahan, Bob Publicover). Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle (by phone Jerry Wetterskog, Kelly Samperi, Chris Elkington).
There being one typo in the minutes of the last meeting, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to approve the minutes with the correction.
Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $147,163.89; motor vehicle and property tax overpay $114.10, fees $188, clearing, m/v $1,893.50, school $143,349, Emera: town office $98.77, town house $15.53, streetlights $107.77, fire $106.84, fire protection $150, administration $ 599.34, 911 signs $30.84, sludge $510.
CEO REPORT: Received complaints about landfill being put in the shoreland zone without a permit. It was moved back beyond the 250 ft. mark. One request for a letter regarding a path in the shoreland zone, path ok, but trimming and an addition will be noted in the letter. Received a call regarding splitting lines within a subdivision, advised to contact a lawyer to amend the subdivision plan and then go to the planning board with the changes. A taxpayer concerned with a clear cut next door, which is a DEP concern. Checked Strong Brewing for their amusement permit renewal, impressed with their COVID-19 restrictions, doing a good job. Otherwise monitoring and following up paperwork.
DISCUSSION ITEMS: Astbury read a statement regarding the issues on Deer Isle. Letter was approved and will be placed on the town website. Wetterskog thanked selectmen for the letter, Elkington responded that he is supportive of the letter and there will be one from the school district as well.
1) Transfer Station Committee Update: The committee met via Zoom this afternoon for a
productive meeting. The next meeting will be July 30 at 4:30 p.m.
2) New School Committee: Committee formed as part of the school’s Strategic Plan to discuss
The needs of the students and school. The committee consists of community members, parents, school board members and selectmen. Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 for Sheahan to represent the selectmen on the committee.
3) Sludge bill question R. L. Gray: Voted to pay the reduced rate because of late filing.
4) Principal’s Use of Basement: School will need to store tables and use desks that are still
there because of social distancing during classes. Principal has a key.
5) Water Request: In response to a request to use town water supply for watering a garden a
couple of weeks ago, owner has rescinded the request.
6) A request from Blue Hill Consolidated School for a function approved by the Walker Pond
Landing Committee. Sheahan will notify them.
7) Appraising Agent left papers for setting the mil rate. Sheahan and Publicover to look over
the papers and discuss next week in preparation for sending out the tax bills.
ACTION ITEMS: TRIO Upgrade: After more discussion decided to purchase the SQL upgrade, motor vehicle and cash receipting modules for a total of $10,775, taking advantage of an $800 discount. Sheahan will call and discuss hourly charge for professional services and let them know of the decision.
Selectmen expressed their appreciation to Wetterskog for his valuable assistance in this project. This money was approved at town meeting by the voters in 2015.
New School Committee Selection?: Sheahan has already accepted the position on the committee.
ASSISTANT’S REPORT: none
PUBLIC COMMENTS: none
ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m.
Barbara Grindle, Assistant