Selectmen’s Minutes, November 12, 2020



November 12, 2020


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, (by phone Bob Publicover, Michael Sheahan).  Also present:  CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle, (by phone Jerry Wetterskog, Fire Chief David Carter, Jeffrey Roth).


There being two amendments in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to approve them as amended.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $141,331.58; school $88,360.17, non-profit donations $49,993, fees $102, clearing, m/v $846, plumbing $265, administration $388.49, general assistance $1,284.90, property tax overpay $6.92, fire protection $$199.90.


CEO REPORT:  At Tuesday’s Planning Board meeting, it was suggested that an applicant have enough copies of his application for each member of the board.  Met with a taxpayer building a cottage and dock on Black’s Pond, good preparation, also following up on another on the pond, also had a chance to check on the location of a dock on Silvermine Road.  The gentlemen with the cabins on Carter Point are interested in renting seasonally, will check on legal aspects to do it properly.  DEP seems to want the town to enforce shoreland regulations, even when they have given the permits.


FIRE CHIEF UPDATE:  Chief thanked clerk for putting the information regarding burning permits on the website.  Also have shut down training for the next few weeks because of COVID outbreaks.


DISCUSSION ITEMS:  1) RJD Assessing proposal.  The price will be going up from $585 to $600 on January 1, selectmen consider them doing a good job and willing to do extra if necessary.  Moved, seconded and roll call voted 3-0 to approve the contract.

2)  Financial audit/budget committee timeline:  Reilly has scheduled the auditors in a couple of weeks.  The budget committee can meet either at the town office or the fire station or by phone whenever they are ready.

3) Any Unresolved Business:  DOT has signed the contract for the Snow’s Cove Alewife project.

Received Don Buckingham’s resignation from the budget committee.  Susan Ford has been appointed in his place.  Many thanks to Don for his service on the committee.


ACTION ITEMS:  Already done.


ASSISTANT’S REPORT:  Tree Growth done and mailed.  Non-profit letters going out tomorrow (Friday), deadline for requests is December 31, letters going out Monday for town report reports, deadline January 9, 2021.  The deadline for printing the Annual Town Report is February 1, town meeting March 5 and 6, 2021.  Will need to discuss how to hold town meeting if COVID restrictions are still in force.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, moved, seconded and roll call voted to adjourn the meeting at 6:31 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Grindle,  Assistant