Selectmen’s Minutes, January 21, 2016



January 21, 2016


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Budget committee members Horace Wardwell, Paul Trowbridge, Leslie Schneider, Bob Comerford, Steve Tobey, PAC’s Bob Vaughn, School committee Michele Levesque, Susan Ford, Martha Britt, Clare Grindal, Principal Don Buckingham, Robert Jones, Garry Schneider, Bob Publicover, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, Assistant Barbara Grindle, and many mothers speaking for the p-k program.

Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.  Voted 3-0 to approve.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $98,173.43;  school expenses $84,155.22, annual stipends for harbormaster Bill Grant, $700, assistant fire chiefs Royce Varnum and Clarence Allen $600 each, planning board members $1200 total (10), general assistance $1,532.50, road expenses $4,800.


PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Bob Vaughn spoke to the group about the Peninsula Ambulance Services.  Their funding request is $14,866, the same as last year.  This is based on $12.43 per capita for each town.

School budget-  several spoke on behalf of the pre-k program, which is on the ballot for the town meeting.  Principal Buckingham answered questions from the selectmen, budget committee and those present.  The program will be included in the school budget raising the total by $50,000.  The school budget was presented by Chairman Clare Grindal, with final figures to be set next Tuesday.  She will bring the finalized budget in next week.


OLD BUSINESS:  Received a memorandum from DEP’s Gregg Wood, Bureau of Water  Quality regarding the Strong Brewing Company’s septic system. After their visit it has been determined that there is no further action required by the DEP and they consider the case closed.  There still needs to be an evaluation by a soil evaluator as soon as the ground thaws.  Copies of the memorandum will be sent to the parties involved.

Town Budget – Discussed snow contract figures.  Will discuss a multi-year contract with Webb Excavating later.

Also discussed the line items in the budget figures.  Will continue next week and hope to finalize the budget at that time.


CEO REPORT:  New Floodplain Ordinance has been received today.  Will review it and discuss it later.  Continuing training, especially on the state’s new, mandated shoreland zoning ordinance.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 pm.


Respectfully submitted

Ben Astbury Selectman