Selectmen’s Minutes, May 7, 2015



May 7, 2015


            Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis.  Also present:  Robert Jones, Steve Brown, Harbor Committee members Dennis DeSilvey, Bill Sweetland, Doug Wollmar, 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 $15,858.01; $8,352.18 was for salaries with $651.70 for FICA taxes, $591.06 for general assistance, $1,148.29 for 30-day notices and related expenses, and $360 flags for veteran graves for Memorial Day placement.


Will call Amy to clean floors and walls at the town house in preparation for summer programs.

            Signed Tasha’s liquor license.

            Cyber policy waiting until Grindal has a chance to look it over.

            Hearse house insurance:  Hearse and house owned by town, stored and displayed by Historical Society.  Value in 1987 on large hearse $25-30,000.  Needs to be insured for at least that much, still irreplaceable, but the insurance company wants a number. 

            Walker Pond is covered by the town liability insurance.  We need photos and value on the assets at the pond for coverage by at least one of the towns.  Our deductible is $1,000.

            MMA opinion on warrant article wording for town meeting, especially the school warrants.  Selectmen decided to discuss wording with the superintendent and the school board. 

OLD BUSINESS:  Received and signed the final draft of the letter of agreement with Hancock County Planning Commission.  They will assist the town to prepare a proposal for planning and engineering improvements at the Benjamin River Harbor Facility for a cost not to exceed $200.  It was moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to accept the proposal as presented and to sign the letter.  In a  phone call to Grindal to gave them the go-ahead to sign the papers.

            Walker Pond insurance – taken care of in clerk’s business.

            School Board – article wording taken care of in clerk’s business.

            Dump Site – Davis and Astbury met with John James, DEP, Megan Facciolo, District Manager of Hanock Co. Soil & Water Conservation, Arthur Billings, Barter Lumber, David Irving, licensed forester for Barter Lumber, and CEO Duane Ford at the Sedgwick Landfill to view the damage done by the lumbering and trucking of the lot behind the landfill.  Barter Lumber is responsible for repairing the damage and returning it to its previous state.  CEO Ford will be checking and will make the area available to them.  It is now locked to prevent further damage.  If nothing has been started in two weeks, the town may start assessing a fine.

NEW BUSINESS: Steve Brown set up the computers for the selectmen.  Will return to set up email, etc.

            Fire Chief David Carter is applying for the MMA Safety Enhancement grant.  Astbury signed the application for the selectmen.

CEO REPORT:  CEO home sick.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Jones:  A visit to Walker Pond resulted in picking up many, many ticks.  Selectmen discussed if there were any ways to rid the area of them.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 pm.


                                    Ben Astbury, Selectman