Selectmen’s Meeting, November 21, 2019

November 21, 2019

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Joyce Anderson, Jerry and Allison Wetterskog, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO/LPI Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Read and amended a word in the minutes of the last meeting. Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to approve the amended minutes.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $2,233.13; administration $136.66, fees $61, m/v $1257.50, town office $128.63, town house $16.03, streetlights $175.53, fire protection $457.78.

CEO REPORT: Received a colorized copy of a Harding Lane survey and added it to the files; DEP representative will do a Permit by Rule; some plumbing on the Mines Road, building and permit for an addition in the shoreland zone at Carter Point also checking on a 2 cabin property on Carter Point, checking on a boathouse being built and following up on a project on Silvermine Rd. The seaweed harvesters are still working and filling their trucks.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Surveys will be placed at the town office, on the town’s website and will be sent home in the school newsletter. The results may be used at Town Meeting on March 6 and 7.
TRIO Conversion: No response from assessing agent or from Blue Hill Town Office yet. Tax Collector’s computer will need an upgrade from S.J. Rollins to add modules. Wetterskog will do more follow-up on what is needed, what the actual cost will be. Need to consolidate questions before deciding what to do. Suggested that a log be kept of support calls and the response times. Also check on alternate programs and possibly have demonstrations.
GSA funding: Headmaster Seeley, Board Chair Politte, and Trustee Tenney attended the school board meeting and presented a program requesting more tuition funding. A semi-private school may charge up to 15% more than the state rate for tuition. The reason is that the international program is reduced and is not supporting the school as much as they had been doing.
Anderson questioned the plowing on Polka Valley Road. The plows come to the bottom of the hill, but do not come up to her driveway – Astbury has discussed the issue with the snow contractor and they will use a smaller truck to plow further up and turn around in her driveway if necessary.

ACTION ITEMS: Representatives from ME Coast Heritage Trust will be coming on Dec. 12 to discuss the Snows Cove culvert reconstruction. They have the funding to do the work.
RJD Assessors will raise the daily assessing fee from $560 to $585 starting with the new contract.
Selectmen will be in the office Tuesday, November 26 at 5 p.m. only to sign the warrant. The tax collector will have regular hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, clerk will be in the office from 9:30-11:30 on Wednesday, at home the rest of the week, assistant will have regular hours on Monday and Tuesday.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to adjourn the meeting at 8:09 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant