Selectmen’s Minutes, May 28, 2015



May 28, 2015


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

            Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.

            Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $58,529.80; school expenses were $56,672.32.

            OLD BUSINESS:  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to let John Gray handle the insurance for Walker Pond.  In other Walker Pond business, the selectmen pointed out that the walkways and paths at the access were to be natural trails.  Also that any money donated would not be designated for a specific purpose, in fact would be used wherever and for whatever was needed to benefit the access.  Their meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Brooksville town office.

            Signed appointment papers for Barbara Grindle for second alternate on the Planning Board.

            Discussed the plow contract.  Will ask the contractors to come in and discuss them on June 11.

            Discussed next year’s salt purchase.  Last year 250 tons were ordered, over 430 tons were used.  Decided to have 500 tons set aside for next year.  We would be committed to buying 75% of our order, but could, if necessary, purchase up to 125% at the contract price.

            Discussed  school committee warrant issues that were discovered at town meeting last March.

            The assessing agents have finished their field work and will be pulling figures together to start the commitment for 2016 taxes. 

            NEW BUSINESS:  George Springer has requested that his parents house on Caterpillar Hill Rd be torn down.  Selectmen will get back to him as soon as ownership is confirmed.  The fire department may be able to burn the house as a training exercise.

            The light on the flagpole is not working.  Grindal will check on it.

            The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the Caterpillar Hill Initiative at their regular meeting, June 9 at 7 pm.

            CEO REPORT:  Ford updated the selectmen on the landfill site redemption.  He has sent a letter to Barter Lumber, given a key to Tobey Woodward and told him that there is to be no fill on the road until the rest of the work has been done and approved.  Woodward has moved the current woodpile to the opposite side of the road, where it should have been put originally.  A letter was received from DEP with a summary of the agreement and specific requirements that must be met before being approved by them.  Barter is to notify CEO when work is to be started.

            CEO also discussed emergency issues at Benjamin River Apartments.  Will talk with the Emergency Management Officer Royce Varnum to see what can be done.

            The Mahoney Mobile Home Park was also discussed as there may be an interested buyer.

            ADJOURN:  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:25 pm and the selectmen entered into executive session  at 7:28 pm to discuss an employee matter, returning from executive session at 8:23 pm.  No votes took place.

                                                Ben Astbury, Selectman