Selectmen’s Minutes, May 5, 2016



May 5, 2016


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Victor Smith, Susan Ford, Robert Jones, Bob Publicover, Animal Control Officer Debbie Ciomei, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting 2-0 (Astbury not here last meeting).


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $18,941.36; administrative costs $9,330.14 including taxes, fire department bills 1,481.60, tarring $1,200, veteran flags $553.50, general assistance of $463.09, and $300 for a culvert on the Lifeflight access road.


PUBLIC BUSINESS:  School Board Chairman Susan Ford discussed school issues, including updates of the union/superintendent process.  She answered selectmen’s questions and will keep them appraised of discussions within the union and local school boards.


OLD BUSINESS:  Moved seconded and voted 3-0 to accept planning board’s suggested amusement permit application with one change,  changing ‘date received by planning board’ to ‘date received by selectmen’.  Planning Board chairman Jones gave the selectmen a suggested form for the actual permit, one that can be used for several different town permits .  Moved, seconded, and voted 3-0 to accept the suggested permit form.

Signed the appointment paper for the health officer.

RJD Appraisal finished the spring field work today.  Selectmen discussed getting involved with visiting to properties.  They will continue discussions and also assessing options for the town properties.

Selectmen also discussed chronically unpaid property taxes.  Need to create a fair and consistent process for collecting or foreclosing on these properties.  Also discussed disposition of foreclosed and town-owned properties to add income to the tax base.

Town Dock grant was discussed.  Engineer McCullough is to have the plans completed by 5/14.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to have CEO/Deputy Harbormaster Ford look into the permitting process for erosion repairs at the dock and surrounding areas.


NEW BUSINESS:  Assistant coordinating Public Access Committee.

Reported that there is a bad spot on the cemetery portion of the Old County Road.  Astbury to ask Road Commissioner to take care of the road.

Assistant will be in Osborn for a general assistance workshop Friday, May 6.

Selectmen to discuss potential candidate for the Boston Post Cane next week.

Old copier still working but parts unavailable if needed.

Animal Control Officer asked about a place to bury animals.


CEO REPORT:  Fielding calls regarding new business process, correspondence with banks on a current project.  Following up on calls and the shoreland zoning changes.  Will check with Astbury on the codes for the safe in the vault.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, the motion was made, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 7:23 pm.


Ben Astbury