Selectmen’s Minutes, October 15, 2015



October 15, 2015


Opened the meeting and declared a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Bob Publicover, Bob Comerford, Jim & Dot Carey, Clare Grindal, Robert Jones, Victor Smith, Peter Atherton, Don Buckingham, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, Packet reporter Anne Berleant, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.


Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $194,283.97.  Education costs were $185,615.04, fire department costs $4,388.76, and general assistance $533.


Treasurer reported last week that the state valuation as sent was incorrect, the corrected one has arrived.  Put it and the property growth factor papers in the assessor’s basket.  He will be in soon to do the municipal valuation figures.

Treasurer had a list of foreclosed properties for the selectmen to check over.

Tax collector will out of the office on Oct. 21 and 22 to attend classes.


PUBLIC BUSINESS:  Strong Brewing issue – Davis updated the Rope Ferry residents, advised them that no new permit is required.  Carey and Comerford asked how the town attorney will not have grounds to act on the requirement that a new permit needed to be issued.  Carey stated that he is frustrated that nothing “continues to be done about the matter”.  Comeford asked Grindal about the discussion with LPI Lew Hutchins.  He also asked CEO Ford about the conversation.  He requested it be recorded that the plumbing inspector “put the CEO and selectmen on notice that the septic system is going to blow up.” Peter Atherton spoke up and said that the selectmen are being ‘badgered’.  They are doing the best they can with no authority to do anything because the state departments involved issued the permits.  CEO Ford suggested that we start on some ordinance language to address the issue.  Grindal apologized to Carey for his portion of the issue and that they deserve more information.


OLD BUSINESS:  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to accept the engineering funds from the SHIP grant.  Voted 2-0 (Grindal abstained) to have Grindal work with Andrew McCullough in the engineering of the new improvements to the town dock.


NEW BUSINESS:  Signed the appointment papers for David Carter for Planning Board and Gail Carter as a ballot clerk for the November election.  (Astbury abstained)


CEO REPORT:  Ford briefed the board on some of the newer projects.  He has also been working with the DEP of several projects.  It is time to move the temporary docks and campers back out of the shoreland zone for the winter.   Also had a call regarding value of a piece of land that includes a Right of Way belonging to the town.


ADJOURN:  There being no further public business, the motion was made, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 6:55 pm.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to enter into executive session.  Came out of executive session at 7:23 pm.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn executive session.


Ben Astbury, Selectman