Selectmen’s Meeting, June 4, 2020



June 4, 2020

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover (by phone Michael Sheahan).  Also present:  CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle (by phone Jerry Wetterskog).


There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, roll call vote 3-0 to approve the minutes as written.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $57,178.45; administration $8,521.19, fees $343, transfer station $28476.75, roads $200, general assistance $101.07, town office repair $425, town dock $11339.47, clearing:m/v $3,005.80, clearing:i/f $3,824.50, clearing:a/w $10, plumbing $265, fire protection $666.67.


CEO REPORT:  questions about a foundation on a Walker Pond property, septic work on the Reach Road, winter time and pipes bursting on Reach Road with extensive damage to the home, writing building notification forms and pole permits and communicating with the town attorney, finally a final inspection on a septic system.


FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  Fire department is out on a call in Deer Isle.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  TRIO demonstration discussion – the demo was not as thorough as it could have been, possibily due to the necessity of telecommunication issues, the selectmen agreed that it wasn’t comprehensible to them, fortunately the tax collector is familiar with the program.  Blue Hill invited the clerk and selectmen to visit their office to see the programs working.

Walker Pond Landing – Received an email from MMA regarding town liability if the landing is opened to the public.  The town is not responsible, but should it be opened if the public can’t or won’t follow social distancing, and ppe recommendations.  This is an issue to be addressed next week at the WPLC meeting with Brooksville.

New fiscal year priorities – There is a definite need to be prudent with finances.  With the economic situation taxpayers may have difficulties paying taxes.  When would the actual fallout happen?  Could be next spring or fall, or even could be next year.

Transfer Station meetings –  Brooklin selectmen will send out invitations for the selectmen in the three towns to continue the meetings of the transfer station committee.

Strong Brewing Renewal – will take up the renewal of their amusement permit next week.

Former animal control officer did not show up at the workman’s comp hearing.

Planning Board meeting Tuesday, June 9 at 7 p.m.  For Zoom credentials contact acting chairman Michael Rossney.






ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded roll call vote 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant