Selectmen’s Meeting, March 31, 2022

March 31, 2022

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Fire Chief David Carter, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Susan Ford, (by phone Christine diPretoro, Jerry Wetterskog, Jeffrey Roth).

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted to approve them as read.

Reviewed the treasurer’s warrant for $100,019.46: administration $2,410.10; fire protection $708.38, education $95448.97; general assistance $240.

CEO REPORT: Talked with the architect regarding a home and septic system on North Sedgwick Road; also discussed new construction with an architect, regarding a stream and the Benjamin River setbacks; tree cutting on Carter Point needs to be monitored because of stream bank and shore erosion; another Carter Point property has had problems with the septic and are digging again, this time may hook up pipes to the house; they also would like to put a shed on the property, placement is ok; a Byard Point owner would like to put an apartment over his garage, need to check septic plans to see if they are sufficient for the addition and then do the necessary paperwork; an owner on Walker Pond wants to sell a portion of the property and then build a new home, will follow up; TNT Auto Recycling has removed some of the crushed cars, need to continue monitoring for fluid control, etc.

FIRE CHIEF UPDATE: Chief said that they are back to meeting at the station in person. He would like to raise his budget request another $1,000 in view of the last fuel bill of $708. Fuel for the diesel fire trucks is also going up.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) Planning Board vacancy – no volunteers yet.

2) Final Warrant Articles – Worked on the final municipal budget and warrant for town meeting. Still waiting for the school warrant articles.
3) Any Unresolved Business – a) Friday is Doomsday. Selectmen will be in the office from 9 a.m. until noon to hear any changes in property that will affect its taxes
b) A reminder that there will be a public hearing on the GSA tuition increase on April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Town Office.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: DiPretoro commented on the tree cutting on Carter Point and asked about setbacks. CEO said that they are being careful and will replant if it becomes necessary.
Wetterskog mentioned the round table discussion regarding broadband, and was reminded that the committee members of RBAC were welcome to be there.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant