Selectmen’s Minutes, August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020

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

There being some adjustments to the minutes of the last meeting, moved, seconded and roll call voted to accept the minutes as amended.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $8,586.35; Roads $1,600, fire protection $4,923.88, administration $483.47, sludge $240, town office $160, town house $80, fees $118, clearing m/v $981.

CEO REPORT: Sedgwick Redemption has a few decisions to make re their storefront, may be easier to find a new spot but must fill out a site plan review and see the Planning Board if they decide to continue; a Carter Point soil disturbance has been checked by CEO and plans are being made to move it back to over 75’ from the shore, this is to regenerate a farm field used for generations, another Carter Point property needs to keep CEO up to date on plumbing and future plans, if used as rental property must go to the Planning Board as a business venture, Pine Ridge Golf Course will be going up for sale.

DISCUSSION ITEMS: 1) Map 5, Lot 51 – town owned property, estimate for the survey is $2,000. May ask for a survey on an adjacent property.
2) F.C.C./Zoom discussion – (F.C.C.-free conference call) Looking into comparison between F.C.C. and Zoom, which gives the most for the least money.
3) Small Harbor Grant Award – Awarded $15,000, town to contribute $7,500 or in-kind contribution. Blaisdell has done the engineering and surveying for more than the $7,500 as in-kind contribution so will cost the town nothing. Selectmen will check the town dock account to cover any additional expenses for next year’s budget process.
4) Special Town Meeting – Several things need to be voted on. DOT is waiting for the town to approve the grant to work on the alewife project. Selectmen may have permission through an article in the annual town warrant. Checking with clerk about what to include and when she needs to have the information to post. Also need to check where to have the election where social distancing can be accomplished, especially if the weather is bad.
5) Any unresolved business – Delinquent taxes. two accounts equaling about $32,000 are very challenged to pay anything on their taxes and get caught up. Astbury called assessing agent and auditors to run an idea by them. Looking into possibly taking a portion of their property and letting them start fresh. Continuing to investigate the idea.

ACTION ITEMS: Check with clerk about special town meeting.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and roll call voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:02 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant