Selectmen’s Minutes, August 20, 2015



August 20, 2015


            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Bob and Barbara Comerford, Dorothy Carey, Victor Smith, Robert Jones, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

            Read, voted 3-0 to approve the minutes of the last meeting.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $54,653.50; education $51,649.06, fire department bills for $1,255.38, 911 street signs for $247.83, garbage pickup at the town dock $120.

            TREASURER, ETC.:  Approved David Conaway, Sedgwick’s Eagle Scout, putting a poster at the town office about his eagle scout project (restoring Birdsacre).  Donations would be appreciated to help with the repairs and restoration due to damage incurred in a fire.

            Signed appointment papers for Victor Smith and Patricia Egan for the Planning Board.  Clerk will swear them in before the next planning board meeting.

            PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Bob Comerford read a prepared statement, which included the continued work on the parking lot at Strong Brewing Company.  Comerford was also concerned about how the Strongs are able to continue their operation despite agreement to cease operations to some degree.  Discussed licensing issues and jurisdictional responsibility. The Strong Brewing Company continues to sell their beer product, but have ceased the food and entertainment.  Dirt continues to be delivered to the parking lot.  The selectmen are continuing to work on an entertainment ordinance for the March town meeting.

            NEW BUSINESS:  Discussed the salt/sand storage with DOT.  Awaiting more information regarding the fuel storage at the Snow’s Cove site.  Road Commissioner to coordinate a division of the building at the site with the foreman.  The town can have use of the building for one load of rock salt.  The selectmen are waiting for more information from the state.

            Road Commissioner will not be plowing town roads this year due to health problems.  Webb Excavating will continue to plow all town roads.  Contract with Webb under discussion.  Carter was thanked for a job well done.  Due to the diligence of both contractors, Carter and Webb, the town of Sedgwick had the best cared for roads in the area!

            CEO REPORT: Still monitoring the old dump site.  This week of rain should help the grass grow and stabilize the cover somewhat.  Also watching reclamation of Gaylor Sanborn’s gravel pit.  DEP’s Mark Stebbins is overseeing the management.  Talking with appraisers about Fox Run Subdivision, working on the Strong Brewing issue, discussing the addition of some trees to a landsite, much discussion on potential projects.  Very busy.

            ASSISTANT REPORT:  Working on deeds to confirm ownership of communal property.


            ADJOURN:  There being no further business, the motion was made, seconded, and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 6:55 pm.



                        Ben Astbury, Selectman