Selectmen’s Minutes, August 6, 2015



August 6, 2015


            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Burton Pearl, Bob Comerford, Dot & Jim Carey, Melody Lewis-Kane, Mia & Al Strong, Robert Jones, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


            Read and moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept the minutes of the last meeting.


            Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $99,619.61; monthly salaries were $8,483.35 with taxes of $671.48, RJD Appraisal, $1030, school expenses of $78,917.78, fire department expenses of $2,680.34, and road expenses of $3,926.25.


            PUBLIC BUSINESS:  The Rope Ferry Road/Strong Brewing Company issue was discussed.  The selectmen have not had a response from the town attorney on the draft resolution.  Discussed a public hearing for a special amusement license for Strong Brewing Co.  Carey discussed potential problems with the septic and water concerns with the brewery waste.  The planning board will be looking at the parking permit at their meeting next week.  Selectmen will consult with the attorney about the questions raised at this meeting and see how to approach the situation, keeping all sides in mind.

            Mia Strong asked about the amusement permit which has not been received from the attorney.


            OLD BUSINESS:  Discussed the snow plowing contract.  Selectmen will meet with DOT about storing sand and salt in one of their buildings

            Old Landfill site is still being monitored.  CEO will stay in contact with Barter Lumber, reminding them that the DEP still has not signed off on the reclamation of the site.


            NEW BUSINESS:  Voted to not allow outside business to use the town website.

            Moved, seconded, voted 3-0 to send Rope Ferry supplemental taxes to assessing agent.  Assistant to contact agent.

            Moved, seconded and voted 2-0-1 (Grindal) to add Belinda Rooney as signatory on accounts.  Permission was also given to the treasurer to disperse paychecks prior to signing of the warrant.

            Read letter from Lubec official praising the service given by Reilly in gathering information for him.  Letter will be placed in her personnel file.


            ASSISTANT:  Assistant distributed a letter from the Historical Society regarding a program on old glass slides.  They have been digitalized and shown on Aug. 20 at the Town House at 7 pm.  They are hoping that some of them can be identified by audience members.

            Also reminded the selectmen that the town owns the hearse house located at the Merrill House grounds and that it needs to be shingled as soon as possible.  Selectmen will get an estimate on cost.


CEO REPORT: Keeping an eye on several projects.  Considering keeping a list of work done for the assessing agents to check in addition to the building notification forms.  Some work doesn’t come under the building form, but needs to be checked for property valuation purposes.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 7:35 pm.      


                        Ben Astbury, Selectman