Selectmen’s Minutes, December 8, 2022



December 8, 2022


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


Moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the last meeting with amendments.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $130,942.04:  clearing m/v- week of 11/9 $6,21.75, week of 12/5 $2137; clearing i.f $20.95; fees 11/9-11/22 $269, 11/25-12/1 $78, 12/5-12/7 $127; walker pond access $240, fire protection $4,362.79; administration $329.51; education $116,656.38.


CEO REPORT:  Got paperwork straightened out for a resident on Reach Road; Dawn Hurd and Jordan Kelley of DEP spent a day viewing several shoreland properties that have issues, Walker Pond property will need to deal with several issues of replanting and crushed stone within 25 feet of the shore; another Walker Pond owner doesn’t have copies of permits and was reminded that they can’t build within 250 feet of the shore; viewed some steel beams and other ongoing issues on a property on Black’s Pond; they also viewed a paved driveway to the shore off Stumpy Cove (Oceanside Rd); handicap access may be wooden walkways or packed dirt, but not paving;  The DEP agents will be writing letters to the land owners regarding their issues.  The septic issue is ongoing on Snow’s Cove, but not much can be done with the ground freezing.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Audit Preparation Progress – Treasurer will get information to auditor tomorrow.  Will discuss the school audit with the superintendent next week.

2)  Rapid Renewal –  Sheahan filled out the paperwork but has not received a reply yet.

3  Support letter for First Baptist Church Renovation –  Moved, seconded and voted to write a support letter for the Historical Society’s grant requests for renovating the church.

4)  Unresolved Business-   a)  the furnace had air in the line and is now fixed and working;  b)  Peter Woodward checked the roof on the outbuilding at the Town House with Sheahan and found a large hole; they will donate materials to put on a new roof, moved, seconded and voted to have them repair the roof up to $2,100;  c)  Sheahan has replaced the roofing paper on the back ramp that blew off in the storm;  d)  considering a letter of intent for a US Fish & Wildlife grant;  f)  Housing meeting here last Wednesday, good discussion, lots of ideas.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:09 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant