Selectmen’s Minutes, March 25, 2021



March 25, 2021


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury (by phone Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan).  Also present:  Assistant Barbara Grindle (by phone:  Fire Chief David Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Jerry Wetterskog, Jeffrey Roth, Nadine Lewis, Jennifer Osborn, Chris DiPretoro.

There being one change in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to approve the minutes as amended.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $3,311.32:  sludge $120, administration $925.39, fees $132, clearing, m/v $1,420.75, general assistance $ $340.24, electricity for: streetlights $107.77, town house $15.68, town office $113.41, fire protection $136.08.

CEO REPORT:  A question about zoning on Porcupine Lane; a call about a float and dock on the lake behind the Mill Pond, told to check with DEP; need to check the camper on Shore Road, especially the sewer being in the stream protection zone; concern of a resident regarding clearing land on Old Steamboat Road.  Planning Board will be checking on these.

FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  Met in person and did cold water training with participants from Island towns and instructed by two Orland firefighters.  Having the vaccination clinic at the fire house on April 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Attended a chimney fire today in Little Deer Isle – the agreement between the three towns seems to be working well, may do some training together also.

DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1)  Discussion with Nadine Lewis regarding heirship property –  discussed some of the problems Lewis is concerned about with her father’s property.  Most of the problems are civil and need the advice of a lawyer.  She was referred to the tax collector for information regarding any liens on the property.  She will try to get the taxes paid up; the estate has been probated and the deeds registered.

2)  Proposed change of hours @ BH/Surry Transfer Station – Astbury, Cohen, and Gray attended a meeting held with the Transfer Station board to which the tri-town committee had not been notified of.  The board discussed reducing the hours by closing the station for the weekends.  Two employees are retiring, and may not be replaced. Some users were surveyed when at the station about the reduced hours.  Public comment was that closing is going to be difficult for people to get to the station, especially if they are closed on weekends.  The closing will also affect income from the station, thus affecting the amount that the towns will have to pay; this year there was a 2 ½% increase.  The Tri-Town committee is keeping their options open regarding opening their own transfer station.

3)  Any Unresolved Business –  At Home will be assisting and have an information display at the town vaccination clinic at the fire station on April 21.

ACO has requested a sweatshirt or vest with the town identification – Selectmen approved getting a quote for a vest.  Astbury will contact her and send her to Penny Hatch who already has the logo on file.

Elkington sent information on the capacity of the school gym – can have 175 under the current covid regulations.  Gym capacity is 350 people.

Have bid specifications for the Town Dock Stabilization Project for the selectmen to look over before sending out to potential bidders.  We have a $15,000 grant and need $7,500 to match; Steve Blaisdell has definitely put in enough work to cover the match.  Many thanks to him for the work done!

ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  Will not be in Tuesday, attending a friend’s surgery.  Doing research for a DAR application and working on the Town Report.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle, Assistant