Selectmen’s Minutes, March 31, 2016



March 31, 2016


Opened the meeting at 6:10 pm with a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis.  Also present:  Bob Publicover, Victor Smith, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Fire Chief David Carter, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to approve the minutes of the last meeting.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $76,989.68; salt for the roads $2,064.62, equipment for the plow trucks $964.82, workman’s comp quarterly payment $1,151.10, school expenses $68,351.03 and road expenses $2,185.


Tax Collector, treasurer, clerk list:  FEMA papers to CEO, homestead checked, letter discussed and both put in assessing agent’s basket, abatement signed and returned to tax collector.  Decided to hold appointments until Pert’s return.  Signed card for Pert who is in the hospital awaiting tests.


OLD BUSINESS:  Meeting with Harbor Committee, selectmen, engineer, DOT representative, harbormaster and deputy went well.  Everyone on the same page with design.   Engineer will rework them according to meeting discussion and then make sure all permits are in place.  There will be a public hearing and special town meeting before all work may start.


NEW BUSINESS:  Assessing agent was in Wednesday, Mar. 30.  Davis met with him about selectmen becoming more involved in assessing process since they are the official assessors of the town.  He is also writing a proposal for reviewing options to find unknown projects.  CEO/LPI also keeping an eye open for unpermitted improvements that can add to the tax role.

Caterpillar Hill Initiative has applied for tax exempt status.  Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to put on hold until Pert returns so that all selectmen can be involved in the discussion and decision.

Davis will be in the office at 9 am to hear any new or potential tax issues on April 1, 2016.

Carter reported on the truck committee in charge of the purchase of the new fire truck.  They are shopping around and talking to different suppliers in anticipation of a purchase in 2017-18.  He also reported that they hosted an officer’s training program that was very well attended and informative.  The instructors were from the Maine Fire Service Institute.


CEO REPORT:  Discussed parking lot at Brown’s Busing with Smith and Carter of the planning board.  Question of whether they need a permit now, or later when they have to expand.  They will be in to the next Planning Board meeting on April 12.  Darrel Brown is moving a camper from the site of the proposed restaurant/pub.


ADJOURN:  Voted to adjourn at 6:45 pm to open again in executive session with the fire chief to discuss a personnel issue.   Returned from executive session at 7:35 pm.  No decision was made.


Ben Astbury, Selectman