Selectmen’s Minutes, March 16, 2017



March 16, 2017

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Victor Smith, Bob Publicover, Robert Jones,Tax Collector Elizabeth Gray, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Moved, seconded to accept the minutes as written with one change. The special meeting of the school validation was reported as April 7 and the actual date should have been April 6. Voted 3-0 to approve the amended minutes.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $77,718.94; school expenses were $75,727.89, general assistance for a total of $1,003.74 and administration expenses were $223.31.

PUBLIC BUSINESS: Ballot clerk Lee Holmes donated her ballot pay to the town dock account. Many thanks to her.

OLD BUSINESS: Fire Truck Replacement Committee: The contracts are not here yet, but are expected very soon. There will be one for 4 Guys for building the truck, and one from Colwell Diesel for providing the chassis and transporting it to 4 Guys. Chief Carter will bring them in for the selectmen to check over and sign, hopefully next week.

Guest Internet and email list: Looking at the free server Mailchimp for possible public email addresses. Will check with designer of our webpage about adding it.

Amended Next Generation proposal: Proposal seems to have everything that we asked for in the proposal. Sheahan has walked the area, Pert has talked with DEP representative and asked for a written assessment of the projected road.

Public Hearing: April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the town office. Clerk to advertise in Ellsworth American and Weekly Packet for two weeks each. Informational meeting on the school validation referendum.

Special town meeting: April 28, Town House, voting from 1-6. School validation, to accept a gift of land and $25,000 to help build the road from the New Generation Foundation, $10,000 from surplus to supplement the access road expenses, and an additional $400 for the snow contract (to correct the error in the annual report). Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to have the wording for these articles approved by MMA.

NEW BUSINESS: Department liasions – Sheahan agreed to work with the school improvement committee. More discussion next week.

Committee appointments: One vacancy, several reappointments. Discussion next week.

HOUSEKEEPING: Moved, seconded and voted 3-0: Gave clerk permission to order new bunting for the town house and office, and colored paper for posting notices. Also asked her to post notices and ads for the public hearing and special town meeting.

Former selectman Davis asked that the charter commission project be tabled and/or withdrawn.

Astbury will monitor the driveway and parking lot at the Town House. Didn’t get plowed this storm, but hope won’t need to be plowed for the April 28 meeting.

Town House has a leak above the door, and needs to be monitored, lamp doesn’t work (Astbury will fix), benches need regluing (Sheahan will inspect), screen door needs to be put on.

CEO REPORT: Taxpayer has sold portion of his land and plans to build on retained portion. Needs DEP permit, building notification and utilities permits. Who gets a permit for a new bathroom? The plumber does! Water tests at the former Sedgwick Store. No Planning Board meeting during the storm Tuesday. Keeping an eye on Salt Pond building and building notification permitting.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 6:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant to the Selectmen