Selectmen’s Minutes, March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Hayden Torrey, CEO Duane Ford, Fire Chief David Carter, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Read the minutes from March 8, March 15, and March 22. There being no errors or omissions in the minutes, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept the minutes as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $7,256.99; sludge $198, town records $1,500, fire department $1,086.64, Emera for streetlights, town office and town house $331.79, general assistance $520, administration $1,865.06.

NEW BUSINESS: discussed articles and wording for the special town meeting on April 12.
Talked with the fire chief and road commissioner about large projects that might come up in the future that may need financing and pre-planning. To be continued with rest of town officials.
Discussed the fire truck finances and how much needs to be borrowed. Treasurer to check with the bank for interest rates. Change orders at the pre-paint inspection added a little to the price, but will benefit the fire department’s use of the truck. Current figures reflect a need to borrow $23,167.
Discussed possible work on the Walker Pond Access road with the road commissioner. Will be discussing with the Walker Pond Landing Committee at the next meeting. Also discussed the Hales Hill Bridge with him. DOT will do a base line inspection before traffic is diverted. Carter suggested photos be taken to have a starting point in case any damage is done by the large trucks using it. He will also get the information together on the Salt Pond Access road.

OLD BUSINESS: Checking with several persons about serving as alternate on the planning board, the position vacated by Selectman Bob Publicover.
A long discussion on MMA’s answers regarding the use and confidentiality of executive sessions.

CEO REPORT: DiPretoro wishes to be notified when the erosion project is advanced. DEP’s Matt Burr could help looking for grants for the erosion project. US Cellular is going to replace and update receivers on the Ridge Road tower. Questions from a taxpayer about tearing down and replacing a shed that may be in the shoreland zone.
Gave Torrey a copy of the site plan ordinance and recommended that he attend the Planning Board meeting on the 10th. He is thinking about a towing and salvage business on the Ridge Road.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant