Selectmen’s Minutes, December 3, 2015



December 3, 2015


Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Susan Ford, Clare Grindal, Victor Smith, Robert Jones, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Treasurer/Clerk Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.


Signed the Treasurer’s warrant for $43,716.47; salaries and FICA $8,888.47, second snow payment to Webb Excavating $31,487.41, sludge costs of $1,935.


OLD BUSINESS:  Harbor Committee (Marine Resources Committee) met and discussed the $15,000 grant with selectmen before the selectmen’s meeting.  At the selectmen’s meeting Davis moved to sign the contract from the ME Coastal Grant for the engineering of the town dock project from the Department of Agriculture, seconded by Grindal, voted 3-0 to sign and return to the Department.  Grindal will take care of returning the document to the state.  Selectmen, harbor committee, engineer to meet with Jenn Paul, Dan Stewart to start the engineering process.

Received letter from John James of DEP referencing the old landfill site damage caused by Barter Lumber’s logging operation.  Davis read the letter and it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to place in the closing file of the landfill site.  We are required to mow the site yearly instead of every other year per his letter.

Davis received a call about the LPI position.  It will be placed with the other applicants.


NEW BUSINESS:  Time to start the budgeting process.  C. Grindal mentioned that the school board has already started their budgeting process.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to start the process.  Assistant will make charts for the process with figures from past budgets.

One resident given special permission to register car at Blue Hill.


ASSISTANT’S STUFF:  Printer has a ‘carriage jam’.  Susan Ford volunteered to see if she could find the problem.  Success!  Thank you, Susan.

Received and presented material from DOT outlining next spring’s road work. Sedgwick is scheduled to get .25 mile of light paving in the No. Sedgwick area (starts at the roundabout in Blue Hill for 5.15 miles).  Stonington and Deer Isle will get light paving for 11.71 miles beginning at the intersection of W. Main and School St. to the bridge, and 6.97 miles from School St. to Rt. 15 in  Deer Isle.


CEO REPORT:  Updated selectmen on projects, sales, and other business in town. Monitoring several projects.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 6:50 pm.   The special town meeting was scheduled for 7 pm.


Ben Astbury, Selectman


See Community Notes for the special town meeting warrant.  David Anderson was elected Moderator.  All articles were passed by the 31 residents present.