Selectmen’s Minutes, February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Jerry & Alison Wetterskog, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Amended the minutes of the February 7, moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to accept them as amended. Changed phrasing in minutes of February 14, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept them as changed.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $226,046.29; education $218,625.79, snow $1,655.40, sludge $120, fees $84, clearing, motor vehicle $3,821.15, administration $26.42, general assistance $600, town office $189.75, town house $15.53, streetlight $195.78, fire department $712.47.

NEW BUSINESS: The Wetterskog’s have an erosion issue on the shore, but also just wanted to visit and get acquainted with the town staff. They will be meeting with the CEO Friday.
Will work on an agenda policy next week.
Papers received for a Stream Protection Grant. Will talk with road commissioner to see if it would apply to any of the town roads.

OLD BUSINESS: Interviewed James Collier last Tuesday for town attorney status while current town attorney has a conflict issue. He represents some of the large towns on Mount Desert and is willing to help us. Moved, seconded and voted to hire James Collier to act as town attorney in advising the CEO on the current case.
The audit should be done in time for the town report. The town seems to be in a strong financial position.
The Benjamin River Bridge is closed. They have ripped up the rails, and are raising the roadbed up 4 feet on each end to allow for any future sea level raise.
A Fire Department member has been suspended until resolution is made in an assault case. MMA recommended an administrative suspension instead of a leave of absence.
Publicover will pick up the town reports as soon as they are ready. They will be put at the school, Eggemoggin Country Store, the post office and the town office.

CEO REPORT: CEO absent because of the weather.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant