Selectmen’s Meeting, March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle. Present by telecommunication: Chief David Carter, Jerry Wetterskog.

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $8,010.44; Roads $1,337.36, general assistance $442.24, fees $66, clearing/m/v $3,513.31, administration $1,708.48, fire protection $943.05.

CEO REPORT: Everything is moving along fine. The Planning Board has had to make changes to its meeting framework, but they seem to be doing the job and are preparing to discuss the solar farm application, perhaps via telecommunication system.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Covid 19 logistics – Chief David called in to report that the fire stations have been disinfected and shut down except for emergency calls effective March 16. If the station is entered it must be disinfected all over again, so meetings will take place outside of the station if at all possible. A sign up roster will be utilized for tracking use of the stations and equipment. Peninsula Ambulance will not call unless absolutely necessary, but may need to have drivers. Chief David is trying to keep contact with people. Brooklin Boatyard has donated some equipment.
Selectmen have set up a telecommunications system for use on selectmen meetings. See the website for the numbers to call. Keep checking the website at for links and information on the Corona 19 virus as it comes in. The selectboard’s work is being kept up as much as possible while keeping 6 feet away from each other and being creative. Please do your part and self-quarantine, especially if you have been away!
Office computer assessment: A proposal has been received from Compusult. Will forward the information to Jerry Wetterskog for his input.
Maine Coast Heritage Trust: Ciona Ulbrich will get back to us when the paperwork comes in from the state regarding the Snows Cove Brook work.
Signed some of the appointment papers for the 2020-2021 year.
Discussed the fact that both lines were busy during selectmen’s meeting and the fax line didn’t pick up a call. Moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to have clerk order a third line.
ACTION ITEMS: Internet/phone line upgrade: Today got the internet/phone line upgrade. With a new line and an upgrade to 100/40 we should have a much more reliable service.
Transition computer support: Clerk will get a cost comparison and Wetterskog will it look over as part of the computer assessment.
Replace Hub computer: More information needed on the new speed before making a decision.
Tabled the decision for the present time.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Wetterskog commended the selectmen and Chief David on the work being done to keep the public informed.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted to adjourn at 7:35p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant