Selectmen’s Minutes, February 11, 2021



February 11, 2021


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury (by phone Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan).  Also present:  Assistant Barbara Grindle, (by phone Clerk Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Fire Chief David Carter, Jeffrey Roth, Jerry Wetterskog, Kate Tompkins, Christine diPretoro).


There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to accept them as written.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $8,514.46:  administration $1,528.27, general assistance $199.80, fees $155, clearing $6,631.39.


CEO REPORT:  checked the inside plumbing on a house undergoing reconstruction, real estate agents asking about lot sizes on the shore, Strong Brewery is considering adding a porch – would it be considered commercial (yes), the McMillan farm is under contract-a possible subdivision.   Question:  could the next planning board session be held at the Ridge Road fire station?


FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  The first session of vaccinations done last Saturday.  Still meeting remotely, but small group, such as the planning board are welcome to meet at the fire house.  Still nearly set up for the March election/town meeting.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Election Logistics – Format like the presidential election work for the town elections?  Clerk says yes – should be sufficient for the election workers.  Any changes need to be made?  No. Must meet at 12:45 to elect a moderator; polls open at 1 p.m., close at 6 p.m.

2)  Any Unresolved Business –  1)  Pest Control bids:  Two bids in – Modern Pest $1,000 – 1,400 per year; any spraying would be extra.  Maine Pest Solutions $275 initial set up, $135 per quarter, no extras.

2)  Astbury has talked with town attorney, the attorney involved with the Carter Point issue has left and the firm must assign another, will push to get someone.  Still reviewing the contract with MCHT.             3)  Sheahan has contacted Efficiency Maine regarding heat pump rebate program for municipalities.  Will have on next weeks agenda.

4) Sheahan also has an email in to Versant regarding commercial solar capacity.


ACTION ITEMS:  1)  Pest Control Vote –  Moved, seconded, roll call voted 3-0 to hire Maine Pest Solutions to control our pest problem.

2)  General Assistance Request –  Moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to approve the request heard prior to the general meeting.




PUBLIC COMMENTS:  diPretoro asked about information on low-income homeless programs.  Selectmen will check tax roll for any low income sites and get back to her.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to adjourn

the meeting at 6:43 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant