Selectmen’s Minutes, April 11, 2019

April 11, 2019

Opened the meeting and established a quorum. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: ACO Allen Van Reijsen, CEO Frank Tracy, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 2-0-1 to accept them as written. Astbury abstained as he was absent last meeting.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $7,568.59; clearing $549.75, fees $46, fire department $836.72, town office $367.60, admin $190.97, animal control $227.55, town records $5,350.

CEO REPORT: Doing building notifications, checking on a mobile home company’s inside plumbing permits, working on wording in several ordinances and permits. Attended Planning Board meeting Tuesday evening.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: Town Meeting recap: Blue Hill writes their warrant articles differently, saves time at the meeting, should we follow their example? Should we ask non-profits to send a representative to the Budget Committee meeting to explain their work and how it is affecting our towns-people? Digitalizing town records necessary?
TRIO receipting: no issues with adding it to our programs, it will be compatible with the new program when it comes on the web. Price $2,500, $600 for training, $550 yearly fee.
Foreclosure process: Initiation of the waiver process is determined by the selectmen, foreclosure is up to the tax collector and treasurer. Is waiving going to be cost effective, will it set a precedence for the future, will it be worth the problems it may generate?
Weight limit signs on Hales Hill Road: Brooklin will remove theirs, we will remove ours, at least until the bridge inspection is done.
Allen VanReijsen: Proposed that we buy a kennel with a chain link fence for him to keep stray animals in until the owners are located. Small Animal Clinic is usually closed when the animals are found and he has to find a place to board them. Selectmen asked him to get prices and they will check on the insurance liability.

ACTION ITEMS: Signed the abatement form for the 2018 taxes for Eric and Joan Allen on the former “Unknown” property according to agreement.
RJD: Estimate for the real estate market study proposal is $7,250. Will decide if there is enough money in the administration account for the study and the TRIO program.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant