Selectmen’s Minutes, April 16, 2015



April 16, 2015

            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Neil Davis, Ben Astbury.  Also present:  Victor Smith, Robert Jones, Anne Berlant of the Weekly Packet, Steve Tobey, Rachel McFarland, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly.

            Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.  Voted 2-0.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant.

TREASURER/TAX COLLECTOR BUSINESS – Signed appointment for Civil Emergency Preparedness officer.

Gave permission to post “Friends in Action” on website. 

PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Victor Smith was in to discuss incompatibility issues involving Selectman Astbury.  MMA sent an opinion stating that Astbury was allowed to serve under the law.  Smith stated that he was following the work of the MMA manual.  He read the letter from MMA and was satisfied with the outcome.

Anne Berlant had questions about the Walker Pond vandalism and cleanup.  Davis provided an update on the status of the insurance, etc.

OLD BUSINESS:  Reviewed and signed the Homestead Exemption paperwork to be sent to the state.  Voted 2-0 and signed by Davis and Astbury.

Town Dock Grant – Davis advised that  the SHIP part of the grant has been approved, the specifications have not.  The specs have to be specified by an engineer, costs from the Coastal Community Grant Program .  Davis called HCPC and will fill out the application with help from Jim Fisher of HCPC.  He will be assisting with the grant paperwork, May 14 is the deadline.  They will discuss engineering issues with Andrew McCullough.  The selectmen will meet with Fisher Monday morning at 8 am.

Access Committee – Davis read the minutes from the meeting held April 13.  They spoke about the Mill Pond; Grindal is working with one of the owners to get access.  They will view Billings Cove to see about improvements, also looking to improve canoe access to Black’s Pond.  Discussed the committee reporting to the selectmen, possibly monthly.

Risk Management – Still reviewing the policy and going over coverage.  Will get MMA here to discuss risk management coverage for Walker Pond.

Town Office Repair – Grindal not present, will check with him next week.

Public hearing for General Assistance ordinance and appendices next Thursday at 6:30 pm at the town office.

Plowing and Salt/Sand – will discuss when Grindal is present.

School Board Meeting/Superintendent issues – monitoring carefully.


CEO REPORT:  Discussed upcoming zoning training with HCPC.

Update on Caterpillar Hill.  CEO spoke with Dylan Howard, President of the Initiative referencing construction of the Amphetheatre.  Voted 2-0 to set up a meeting with him.  Astbury will contact Howard.

Selectmen should call DEP about the old dump site renovation.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to adjourn at 7:47 pm.                  

Ben Astbury, Selectman