Selectmen’s Meeting, September 23, 2021



September 23, 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, Sarah Comtos, Darel Astbury, Eyleen Astbury, Ben Astbury, Chris DiPretoro (by phone Jerry Wetterskog).


Changed some dates in the schedule of upcoming postings.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve the minutes with amended dates.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $6,574.26:  administration $2,423.55; office equipment $1126.33; fire protection $158.05; town office $80.74, town house $15.53, streetlights $107.25; sludge $450; town dock $130; fees $221; clearing:m/v $1849.81.


CEO REPORT: Pretty quiet for now.  Questions about construction on Osprey Landing; DEP clarified the complaints on Black’s Pond as a camp being built that is not set back properly, stop work order posted, will work with owner to solve, asking DEP contact to view the property; septic done on a property on Carter Point, another possibly sold.  State regulation to add to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance – take a photo before any work done, and another within 20 days after work is finished.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Hales Hill bridge/culvert discussion – Brooklin selectman to check into reports that were generated when talks started about diverting traffic from the Falls Bridge.  The bridge is considered a culvert because it is under 10 feet long.  They would like to replace the culvert/bridge next spring and are considering grants.  Is Sedgwick interested in joining them?  Selectmen will wait to see what happens.  Would need to be done before the Falls Bridge construction starts.

2)  Bid process discussion – Town-owned/vacant properties –  After the special town meeting for the interlocal broadband agreement, need to start processing town-owned properties to get them back on the tax rolls.  One is a back lot of 6 acres, another is a foreclosure with a possible eviction.

3)  Any Unresolved Business:  a) following up on the Cyr septic grant.

4)  Discuss Warrant Articles for STM (special town meeting) – At this time only 2 articles: permission for the selectmen to sign the interlocal broadband agreement, and to add $10,000 to the administration budget.  Astbury will draft language for the articles.


PUBLIC COMMENT:  Comtos, Astbury, and the Astburys all commenting on the dog issue on the Pertville Road and the history of problems that they allege have not been taken care of by the ACO.  Selectmen will gather all possible information, assess it, and proceed from there to resolve the problem.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant