Selectmen’s Minutes, July 16, 2015



July 16, 2015


Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Dr. Jim Carey, Bob & Barbara Comerford, Dr. Burton Pearl, Robert Jones, Peter Atherton, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Read, approved and voted to accept the minutes of the last meeting.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $3,229.06; upgrading the information on the website and the contract for 2016 was $523.20, the major expense this week.


PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Dr. Carey, Dr. Pearl, and the Comerfords were in to see what can be done about the brewery traffic on Rope Ferry Road.  Strong Brewery has expanded to food and entertainment as well as their beer products and it has created a great deal of issues on the road.  The major problem is road safety.  Comerford had photos of the traffic on both sides of the road, Pearl had difficulty getting to his home, and emergency vehicles could not have gotten through if there had been an illness or fire.  They were advised to call the sheriff’s department if necessary, but there are several state and municipal issues that are going to take time to sort out.  Selectmen will do what they can to get some resolutions started.

Road Commissioner reported that Old County Road is ready for tarring, and will start Monday, July 20.


OLD BUSINESS:  Acceptance papers from the Maine Coastal Program to help with the Town Dock engineering costs have been received.  Grindal will have at least three proposals for the Harbor Committee to consider regarding what the town can do without using a state grant.


NEW BUSINESS:  Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to set the mil rate at .010270 with an overlay of $20,936.72.  (Previously had agreed and voted on the overlay amount, neglected to vote on the mil rate.)  This amount is down from the 2014-15 rate of .10325.


CEO REPORT: CEO will research federal and state requirements for brewery licenses.  He is busy with building notifications, tree removal, and other town business.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved and seconded and voted to adjourn at 7:15 pm.


                        Ben Astbury, Selectman