Selectmen’s Meeting, May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan (by phone Ben Astbury). Also present: CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, by phone Donna Beninati, Jerry Wetterskog).
There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted to approve them as written.
Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $12,851.88.
CEO REPORT: Did final inspection on a new septic system at Walker Pond, checked shed removal on Camp Stream Rd, will need a new building notification form (BNH) for the new shed as it is the shoreland zone; signed a form for Marriners Take Out and reviewed the soil evaluator’s recommendations regarding the existing septic system (it is sufficient for her plans); reviewed plans for the removal of an old mobile home and replacement of a new double wide, they will need a BNH; checked survey work on a lot at Caterpillar Hill and visited with the surveyor; doing a BNH for a garage with a sink on the Mines Rd; septic work ready to start on Carter Point Rd; also Carter Point resident checked regarding replanting of trees to replace some damaged ones removed two years ago.
DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) DOT Meeting at Hales Hill Bridge – Met with DOT, Cianbro and Brooklin selectmen regarding work on bridge now that Falls Bridge is under construction. Minor repairs on the bridge, yield signs on the Brooklin side to allow 1lane at a time over the bridge, should expect work to start in July, may look into grant money to help, also may tar around the edges of the bridge to smooth the
ends out.
2) Planning Board Appointment – Astbury nominated Drew Allen to a full membership on the Planning Board.
3) Multi-town Meeting with Maine Housing Authority – Met with representatives of Maine Housing and representatives of surrounding towns. The Island Workforce Housing is up and running, Downeast Community Partners has a committee working on housing and would be happy to work with the groups; they may have fundraising opportunities and people to check options. Will be setting up a group meeting as soon as possible.
4) Strong Brewing on-premise liquor license – The public hearing last week was well attended and parking was discussed. Town will get some no-parking signs and put them up on the Rope Ferry Road.
5) Unresolved Business – a) reminder that roadside clean up will be Saturday. Supplies will be given out at the Sedgwick School from 7-9 a.m.. DOT will pick the trash up and take it to the transfer station. b) Set up a meeting for the Public Access Committee to view and check the public accesses for needed cleaning, trimming, etc. c) Referendum went smoothly. The tuition increase vote was 85 yes 33 no. Thanks go to the various assorted workers, they are truly appreciated especially when emergencies arise! d) Audit is being worked on, hope to have it wrapped up next week. e) Borrego will meet with us next, there were minor suggestions for changes in the contract. Will have a clean copy for next week.
ACTION ITEMS: Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to appoint Drew Allen to the Planning Board as a full voting member.
Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve the on-site liquor license for Strong Brewing.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Wetterskog suggested that the town post on their email and mailchimp as well as the website regarding the roadside cleanup.
ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved seconded and voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant