Selectmen’s Meeting, September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Superintendent Chris Elkington, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Moved, seconded and voted to accept the minutes of the last meeting with an amended comment in the plowing discussion.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $96,400.22; school $90,993.08, town dock $120, public access $120, sludge $480, fees $124, clearing m/v $1,909.65, cleaning $90, administration maps and assessor $2,460, misc. $103.49.

CEO REPORT: CEO out doing an inspection.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Superintendent Elkington gave an update on school. Very happy with the way school has started, students and teachers are welcoming each other and the curriculum. Reported on the repairs done to the building during the summer, and the plans and programs being implemented in the school.
Animal Control Job Description: most towns use the basic state laws, implementing specific rules as needed. Astbury will contact ACO and discuss the job description with him.
Thanks to donors for two donations to the General Assistance Account.
Plowing: Astbury drawing up a draft contract. Discussion on a contract with hourly wages after a certain number of inches of snow. Perhaps after 115 inches or maybe in April. Flexibility needed when getting authority from the town to handle plowing.
Special Event Liability Insurance: The school is part of the MMA insurance, so events are covered when held there.
GA public hearing: Set October 3 at 6 p.m. in the Town Office to approve the new figures for the General Assistance ordinance.
TRIO conversion: Referenced an email summary from Jerry Wetterskog. Decided to discuss it when he is here.

ACTION ITEMS: Clerk checked to see if the town is obligated to pay for sludge disposal – it is not. Discussion on setting a policy to pay $60 toward one disposal per year per home. Astbury will draw up a draft for possible further discussion.
Received an application to use fuel at the DOT station for the fire department’s use. Astbury will make it out.
Taxpayer welcome to the wood from a tree removed by Emera on a town road if she wants it.
Sheahan will do a presentation on how the town government works for the civics class at Sedgwick Elementary.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:46 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant