Selectmen’s Minutes, July 2, 2015



July 2, 2015



            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Diana Marston Wood, Dr. and Mrs. Carey, Robert Jones, CEO Duane Ford, Tax Collector Pat Gross, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


            Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.


            Review and Signed the Treasurer’s warrant for $33512.39; mowing the town office and town house lawns, $240, general assistance $1,057, the once-a-year payment to the Walker Pond Committee, $15,000, administration and salaries $13,683.93, and beaver relocation from Black’s Pond $100.


PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Diana Marston Wood, representing the Sargentville Library, asked the selectmen for support for their summer schedule.  They have WiFi for public use and it is well used.  They have many new books, will have a summer reading group, youth programs for K-8 with 2 field trips; one to build fairy houses and another to Settlers Rest Cemetery.  Bob Sargent will be talking on his book about Harvey Sargent.  They also have been working on a digital presentation of the history of Sedgwick and Sargentville.  Hopefully when done it can be loaded into the town’s website for all to enjoy.

            Dr. and Mrs. Carey were in to discuss an issue on Rope Ferry Road with the Strong Brewery’s entertainment and food evening.  One of the largest issues is parking.  CEO updated the board on the potential issues at the site.  One neighbor may go to the Appeals Board with their concerns regarding the Planning Board’s informal decision.  No town permits are needed for their expanded plans according to the site plan review ordinance.


NEW BUSINESS:  The commitment has been done by the assessing agent and the selectmen are ready to set the mill rate for next year’s taxes.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to go with an overlay of $20,936.72.

            The Public Access Committee asked for permission to send a package of material regarding the Rope Ferry Access to the lawyer.  Selectmen moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to consult town attorney.

            Moved and seconded and voted 2-0-1 (Grindal) to hire former tax collector Belinda Pert Rooney to fill the position of tax collector until March elections.  Grindal objected to the method used to hire Rooney and abstained from the vote.

            Grindal asked that all emails and correspondence be done on the selectmen’s site for public inspection.  He will work on a policy.

            A large thank you to Victor Smith for picking up and transporting the floats for the Walker Pond Access at no cost to the town.


OLD BUSINESS:  Old landfill site-CEO has a meeting with the Hancock Soil and Water representative and they will report to DEP. 

            Town Dock grant is waiting for discussion with the Harbor Committee at their 7/9 meeting.

            Davis will call School Board Chairman Clare Grindal to schedule an update meeting.


CEO REPORT:  Busy with ongoing building notifications, keeping in touch with CHI, concerns about the Strong Brewing Company issues.  People are using the website for much of the paperwork.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 7:54 pm.


                                    Ben Astbury, Selectman