Selectmen’s Minutes, November 22, 2016

November 17, 2016

Opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m. and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Nelson Grindal, Bob Publicover, Robert Jones, Christine dePretoro, Tax Collector Elizabeth Gray, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the last meeting and accept them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $7,339.18; plumbing $265.50, snow $3,992.37 for salt and $1,007.32 for damages to the DOT building, town office repair $281.39, general assistance $500, Emera for town office, town house, street lights and fire department $419.22 were some of the bills.

OLD BUSINESS:  Town Dock – accident at the newly poured cement, one wall of the cribbing damaged.  Engineer McCullough inspected, notified contractor and Jen Paul.  Drafted repair plan and had it approved by Paul.  The project will continue as planned.  Photos taken, reports available for insurance purposes.

Salt Pond Access – Attorney Patterson communicating with Next Generation’s attorney Sally Mills regarding the possible warrant article.  No response yet.

Thank you notes received for donations approved at last year’s town meeting.  Requests are also arriving for this year’s town meeting.

NEW BUSIINESS:  Straw Poll Results – Question 1  451 yes, 117 no (should we move part of the town meeting to the school);  Question 2  370 yes, 154 no (should we investigate a charter commission);  Question 3  374 yes, 137 no (should we have a school budget validation vote).  All questions were passed with large margins.  It was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to contact Principal Buckingham to hold the open town meeting at the school.  The second and third question require town meeting articles before acting on them.

Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday instead of Thursday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Budget Selectmen will start working on the budget Dec. 1, budget committee will meet on Dec. 8 to start the rest of the budget process.  Assistant to get figures together.

diPretoro had questions about notices, documentation of town properties, the accesses especially, in case of conflicts with property abutters.   Some have been surveyed in recent years, but research should be done to clear titles.  Assistant has done research on many pieces, but more needs to be done.

CEO REPORT:  Inspecting several ongoing projects.  Joined a state group for more education on LPI and CEO jobs.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7 p.m.

Ben Astbury, 3rd Selectman