Selectmens Meeting, September 2, 2021



September 2, 2021


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan.  Also present:  Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle (by phone Jerry Wetterskog).


With changes made in the CEO’s report, moved, seconded and voted to approved the minutes as amended.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $316,726.51:  administration $6641.06, transfer station $29,188.75; Walker Pond Access $1929.83; sludge $120; fees $390; clearing $6,015.75; education $269,373.45; fire protection $666.67, animal control $250.


CEO REPORT:  Sarah Weatherbee, project scientist and George Fields of BHHT getting information and history for the phase 1 investigation of the Edgehill/Mill Pond project; Wes Martin’s problem is an erosion problem not a tree problem, he will be working on the clay run off; a resident needs a septic system on the Herrick Road; Peter Brown still concerned about the ecology on Walker Pond; new State rules:  they want to review septic plans before installation on commercial businesses.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Status:closing of the books – Fiscal Year ’20-’21  Treasurer is communicating with the auditors to get an early start on auditing for the budget process.

Special Town Meeting/Hearing Schedule –  Set hearing for October 7, and the special town meeting October 21, both at the town office.  Clerk will put advertisement in paper.

3)  November Referendum Status-Outlook   There will be 3 questions, one of which is the CMP Corridor issue.  Voting will be at the Town House on November 9.

4)  Budget Process/Scheduling –  Plan to send information to the auditor the first of October and start the budget committee.

5)  Any Unresolved Business –  a)  Letter to GSA drafted and sent to sending towns; b)  Steve Blaisdell asked  about the contract for the Town Landing project;  d) Cindy’s list:  Ellsworth American asking if we want to join the Veteran’s Tribute section for a $31 banner.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to send the money to join;  d)  Send condolences to Brooklin on death of Deborah Brewster;  e)  Sheahan checked with contractors re bid for the Cyr septic grant due September 9;  f)  two people took advantage of the hazardous waste program.


ASSISTANT’S REPORT: Received material for the annual general assistance ordinance renewal, will coordinate public hearing date with clerk.  Ok’s website entry for a senior assistance living services.


PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Wetterskog confirmed the public hearing on October 7 and the special town meeting on October 21 for the broadband committee.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant