Selectmen’s Meeting, June 29, 2023



June 15, 2023

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Susan Ford, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, (by phone Jerry Wetterskog, Robin Colburn).


Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting as written.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $15,536.53:  administration $3,100.40; sludge $225; town house $7.59; town office $207.06; town office equipment $478.06; veterans graves $2,770; legal $33.41; general assistance $500; clearing;m/v $8,575.


CEO REPORT:  A citizen’s complaint to the DEP office resulted in inspecting oil tanks at Wardwell Oil, their tanks are empty and no problems are noted; a resident of Christy Hill asked about the need for two septic fields for a dance studio and apartment, will check it out;  a prospective new home may need to move back from the shore, minimum distance is 250 feet; a home site may need to add one crib to their wharf because of the eroding shoreline damage; Strong Brewing wishes to add to their porch, will add the last two items to the Planning Board agenda.


DISCUSSION and/or ACTION ITEMS:  1) DMV Audit:  audit was done by three people from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  The new deputy tax collector is on a probation period for six months as is usual.  BMV will be sending us some suggestions for internal assessing by the select board.

2)  Policy Review:  Decided to wait to review policies until after BMV’s suggestions and then review all policies at one time.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to pass over the review.

3)  Town Meeting Review:  The doors and screens are fixed and up, the propane heater can be used if heat is needed, and Astbury will put up the sign Jay Peterson donated some time ago.


UNRESOLVED BUSINESS:  a)  Will appoint Donna Beninati as full time planning board member and Peter Neill as alternate member.  Will need Neill’s resignation as a full time member so the appointments can be made as suggested.  Neill travels during the winter and will miss several meetings,  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to make the changes to the Planning Board;  b)  Sheahan needed contacts and signatures for the Efficiency Maine heat pumps for the fire department and town office, Ford will be signer and Pert will be contact;  c)  working with Compusult and Consolidated to get email accounts changed;  d)  tax collector report needed to be formatted for the town report booklet, proofing has been done and book is being printed;  d)  problems with automobile registrations for an unknown period of time, no rapid renewal registrations until the problems have been reviewed.


ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  Town Report book is at the printers, now working at cleaning files outand preparing for Town Meeting on June 22.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Wetterskog asked if the papers for Efficiency Maine have been sent – Ford scanning to Sheahan tonight.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:39 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant