Selectmen’s Minutes, February 18, 2016



February 18, 2016


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Robert Jones, Victor Smith, Anne Berleant from the Packet, Jennifer Osborn from the Ellsworth American, Al and Mia Strong, Jill Smith, Colby Pert, Dorothy Carey, Melody Lewis-Kane, Elizabeth Gray, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


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


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $173,817.55; education accounted for $171,085.58, general assistance for $810.90, electricity bills for the town accounts (fire dept, town house, town office, streetlights) $440.45, and winter roads $1250.


NEW BUSINESS:  Selectmen reviewed the site plan review ordinances recommended by the Planning Board.

Signed the contracts for the RCC/911.  Assistant witnessed signing.

Approved request from Emera for an exemption to travel on posted roads.  Signed the waiver giving permission.

Received an amended price from Snowman Printers for the Town Report books. Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept the amended price up to $1,225.82.  Pages went over the estimated price for 100 pages.  Clerk will proof the copy and see if there are reductions that can be made.

Because of a conflict with the Republican Caucus scheduled for Saturday, March 5, the selectmen approved a time change for the second session of the town meeting to begin at 12 noon.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to change the time of the second session of the town meeting from 9 am to 12 pm.


PUBLIC HEARING:  Opened the public hearing for the Special Amusements Ordinance at 7 pm.  Discussion was general with a suggestion about a closing time for any entertainment being the most discussed.  Selectmen will take the discussion under consideration.  Public hearing closed at 7:29 pm.


Selectmen decided not to hold a public discussion of the site plan ordinance changes until they can talk with the planning board.  The amendments will not be ready for voting at town meeting, so the article was removed from the warrant.


CEO REPORT:  Ford updated the board on several projects coming up.  Will be prepared for the Floodplain hearing next week.  The ordinance is mandated by the state and will replace the present one when approved by the town.


ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting.


Ben Astbury, Selectman