Selectmen’s Meeting, October 7, 2021



October 7, 2021


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan.  Also present:  CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Jerry Wetterskog, Christine diPretoro, Pam Spencer, Steve Blaisdell.

Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting as soon as the figures from the treasurer’s warrant are included.  Figures were not available at the last meeting.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant from September 30for $21,847.45:clearing m/v $2,379.50, i/f $1,173.06, h/f $33, a/w $36; plumbing $265; administration $8,186.02, fire protection $6,716.60;town office $40; Broadband $1,121.25; RCC $705.64; property tax overpay $18.78, fees $227.60; animal control $250.

CEO REPORT:  The Cyr septic is finished and approved, thanks go to clerk Cindy and selectman Michael for all the work involved in getting the grant.  Tried to talk with a contractor but call not returned re a job in Sargentville, will contact the owners; visited the site of erosion control on Walker Pond and it is looking good; question about living in an RV, if living there full time, needs septic and plumbing permits just as a home would; a call regarding a ‘pot shop’ business, town did not opt in for permitting marijuana sales, the business would have to go before the townspeople to be voted on; the lady using Mariner’s Rest would like to bring in her food truck and possibly some campers, will need to be careful about creating a subdivision; Strong Brewing is advertising a kitchen, she will be coming to the Planning Board next week with plans for parking.; will check on a sewage problem on the Ridge Rd.          DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Dock Shore Stabilization Update:  Blaisdell explained that after the last storm there was major erosion at the dock.  He has met with the contractor and there will be more work to be done because the paving was done too soon and he will have to wait until it sets, and then will need plywood to cover the new paving for the erosion work to begin.  They will see what extra needs to be done and come to the selectmen for a change order to the contract.  The permit is for 100’ which will cover the field and, with the Ashman’s permission, the Ashman shore which has been badly eroded also.  The paver dropped paving at the edge of the ramp and it must be removed.  They will start ASAP.

2)  Warrant article approval for 10/21: Approved the language for the articles for the special town meeting on October 21.

3)  Approval of Acting ACO:  Bob Gross will cover the town while present ACO is on leave.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve Bob Gross of Penobscot temporary Animal Control Officer.

4)  Any Unresolved Business:  a)  The regional selectboard/manager meeting went well.  Will try to meet next month.

b)  Attended the Blue Hill/Surry transfer station meeting and got an update on the sale of the plant.  Delta has put a non-refundable deposit down and is still trying for funding.  They have until Nov.

ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  A Concealed Weapons Permit survey is here from MMA and the state.  Will fill it out and send it.  The state needs updated information on those towns that do their permit.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Spencer requested information and paperwork on the junkyard and 2 gravel pits on the Ridge Road, the gas company on Snow’s Cove, and the oil company on Rt. 15.  She reported having a sewage problem with water from across the road.

ADJOURN:  With a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m., moved, seconded and voted to adjourn the business meeting at 6:51 p.m.


ENTERED the public hearing for the Interlocal agreement at 7 p.m. with 19 present.  Discussion and information followed.  Closed the public hearing at 8:05 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant