Selectmen’s Minutes, January 23, 2014



January 23, 2014


Opened the meeting at 6 pm and established a quorum.  Present were selectmen Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal, Victor Smith.  Also present were Packet reporter Bette Britt, School superintendent Mark Jenkins, school board members Clare Grindal, Susan Ford, Fire Chief David Carter, Ambulance representative Bob Vaughn, budget committee members Steve Tobey, Paul Trowbridge, Horace Wardwell, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, Robert Jones, Treasurer Cindy Reilly.

               Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.

               Signed the treasurer’s warrant for $86,225.04; including school expenses of $55,863.24, Snow contractors – Webb’s Excavating $12,600 and Paul Carter $10,000 and $575, salt for the winter roads $1825.34, and salaries for the town officers.


               OLD BUSINESS:  The computer system is up and running, training and bugs are working out.

Town dock – discussed having Andrew McCullough join Harbormaster Bill Grant in examining the dock for possible needed repairs requested by DOL.

Tax Reassessment – Assessing agent Matt Caldwell reports only about 50 cards remaining to be updated.  Many more changes needed to be done than expected.  After the cards are done, sales analyses and revaluing will be examined.  No final figures can be given until after these figures are done and then the mill rate can be set. 

The deadline to have the Town Report at the printers is February 10.  Still several budget meetings needed and then the warrant is to be written and finalized before the meeting on March 8.  Voting for offices will be March 7.

Ordinance changes are in the hands of the selectmen for proper wording for the warrant.


               NEW BUSINESS:   Fire Chief Carter explained his budget to the committee.  It is up for the first time in several years from $43,500 to $45,000. 

Superintendent Jenkins gave an overall budget plan, and will have a draft prepared for next week (Jan. 30).

Peninsula Ambulance representative Bob Vaughn explained their budget request.

The selectmen and budget committee worked on the municipal budget and the charitable contribution requests, which are up from last year to $37,982.  Reviewed a form to be sent to these organisations next year requesting information about them and what they do for our town


               CEO REPORT:  Attending classes in flood insurance and the new maps.  The state is adopting national code4s in some instances and in some cases, that will change our laws and we will have no control over them.  Also, DEP is working directly by the book.  The Planning Board is talking about inviting guest speakers in to their meetings to help inform them in their decisions.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.


               `                             Victor Smith, 3rd selectman