Selectmen’s Meeting, March 16, 2023

March 16, 2023

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

Read and amended the minutes of the last meeting. Moved, seconded and voted to approve them as amended.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $168,119.36. School expenses $133148.74 and fire department $34,100.

CEO REPORT: Received a call about a lot on Acadia Oakes, view is good, there will be building restrictions, should talk to broker; checked in with TNT Recycling, he still has to raise the fence and must be careful about not blocking the road, will follow up; DEP has not done follow up on last fall’s visits, we need to discuss the town’s responsibilities possibly with the town attorney; no Planning Board meeting last Tuesday because of the storm. They may need to have a special meeting to take care of business.

FIRE CHIEF UPDATE: The safety equipment purchased with the grant money has arrived. The equipment cost was more than the grant money ($40,000) and the remainder may come out of the equipment reserve account. Doing a basic fire fighter course with 24 students from around the area. Pretty quiet recently.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) Laison appointments – Astbury- fire dept., public access, CEO; Pert-Harbor Committee, Planning Board, Road; Ford – school, tax collector/clerk; animal control.
2) Meet RJD 3/21 – 1 p.m. to discuss an abatement request.
3) Comprehensive Plan Update – Beninati gave an update on work going on. Big project but working with the planning board and others. Suggestions: survey, funding, volunteers taking on specific topics, converting pdf to word for convenience in writing, drafting etc.
4) Unresolved Business – Shoveling snow at office not working with plow driver’s schedule, will make due for the rest of this year, look for someone next year; Pert called snow contractor about slippery roads in Graytown; need different size sand next year. Snow contractor doing a very good job this year.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted;
Barbara Grindle, Assistant