Selectmen’s Minutes, January 5, 2016

January 5, 2017

Opened the meeting  and declared a quorum at 6 p.m.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Christine dePretoro, Garry Schneider, Budget committee members Leslie Schneider, Bob Comerford, Horace Wardwell, Paul Trowbridge, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Moved, seconded and voted – to dispense with reading of the minutes of the last meeting and accept them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant from Dec. 22, 2016 for $9,270.63; Engineer McCullough for $3,849.50, James Wadman, CPA for $1,642.75, general assistance $38.97, and New England Salt for road salt $3,739.41and Jan. 5, 2017 for $150,258.84; salaries $10,541.70, Planning Board stipends $1,200, education $93,064.36, snow contract $28,571.43, and general assistance $209.35 were some of the expenses.

PUBLIC BUSINESS:  diPretoro had some questions about the public accesses and possibility of getting grants.  Selectmen reluctant to do many accesses at one time (we have 13), but it certainly bears research.

OLD BUSINESS:  Town Dock – payment has been sent to contractor for work performed.  Will finish any issues remaining in the spring when the ground thaws.  Selectmen will check for the current status now.  Clerk has submitted paperwork for reimbursement from DOT for their share of the contract.  Also has submitted papers for the SHIP grant reimbursement for engineering costs.

Town Office bathroom and improvements – Contractor discussing with plumber, anticipates starting the project this winter with funds approved at a previous special town meeting.

Budget – reviewed updated budget with the committee.  Waiting for the school budget before finalizing town budget.  Will meet Jan. 12 if school budget is complete, Jan. 26 if necessary.

NEW BUSINESS:  Sheriff Kane unable to be at tonight’s meeting, will be here next week to discuss a proposed  Animal Control program. Astbury to contact town’s animal control officer for her involvement.

CEO REPORT:   Discussed town dock project with Jon Cullen from DEP, who agreed to help with future permitting processes, especially erosion issues.  Also discussed the new state-proposed Shoreland Zoning laws.  Planning Board meets next Tuesday and will review the proposals.  Still working on the building notification issues.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 7:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Ben Astbury, 3rd Selectman