Selectmen’s Meeting, May 4, 2023

May 4, 2023

Opened the meeting and established 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).

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

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $27,319.34: clearing $398; plumbing $202.50; administration $9,809.73; fire protection $2,598.84; animal control $ 250; fees $2,216; town dock $ 3,988.38; general assistance $1,479.89; sludge $240; Walker Pond access $765; roads $3,650; snow $1,530.

CEO REPORT: Hilyard of Graytown Road called about tree growth cutting along the road and in wetland areas, referred him to DEP; met Mr Kinde to sign his power permit for Frank’s Flat property; lady very interested in two oceanfront homes, one that is on the market and the other may be soon, discussed subdivision rules and septic evaluators with her; replied to Mrs Lepper about a dock permit for Salt Pond, will do a site visit soon; working to get a phone line easement for Oceanside Road; following up on ‘squatters’ on Fowler Road; also following up on a HHE20D permit on Mission Way; TNT will be checked on very soon to make sure all requests are being done.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) Tax Collection/TRIO – it will take about 4 hours to go over the TRIO program, cost $1,000. Confirmed Rapid Renewal program, will set up a meeting.
2) School Budget – Ford attended the school board meeting and has a copy of the approved budget. There will be a 5.54% increase to the town figures, the warrant articles will be coming.
3) HCPC Appointment Discussion – Moved, seconded and voted to approve Susan Ford as the board’s representative to the Hancock County Planning Commission.
4) Vault Ceiling Inspection – Woodward’s checked the slab and says it looks ok. Pert will call Andrew McCullough for suggestions. The mortor on the back wall doesn’t look good.
5) Unresolved Business – a) information from Fidium, we could have 300m for the town office and the fire department for $80 each: moved, seconded and voted to sign up for the internet service; b) AA has requested to move back into the town office for their meetings, it was approved; c) moved, seconded and voted to ok the comprehensive plan committee’s request as long as it doesn’t exceed $100 for the printing.

ACTION ITEMS: Set date for meeting w/snow contractor re: option to extend – Set May 18 at the regular selectmen’s meeting.

ASSISTANT’S REPORT: Need to write the warrants etc. for the Town Report. Asked Eric Allen about the width of town roads, 3 rods wide, there may be a statute to that effect (1791 town records warrant to set all town roads to 3 rods wide unless specifically set differently in the metes and bounds.)

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted to close the meeting at 6:54 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant