Selectmen’s Minutes, October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016

Opened the meeting and established a quorum at 6:05 p.m.  Selectmen present:  Ben Astbury, Neil Davis, Colby Pert.  Also present:  Tax Collector Elizabeth Gray, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, CEO Duane Ford, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

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

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $139,667.67; education $98,535.28, administration $1,022.02 (including $291.15 for 30 45-day notices of foreclosure), $2,000 for town records, and $35,232 in charitable donations approved at town meeting in March.

OLD BUSINESS:  Davis is monitoring the town dock project and will report to the board as soon as the project has started.

Damages at DOT salt/sand shed – right side of the door damaged by one of the trucks.  Davis discussed with DOT and contractor and contractor will pay for the repairs.

Repairs being done on doors at the town office.  Discussed bathroom modifications  for the handicap bathroom, which will probably start in early winter.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 for Pert to oversee the project.

Fire truck committee: Astbury updated the board on the status of the project.  The vendors have been weeded down to two companies and another town is interested in the purchase of a vehicle also.  This may benefit both towns financially.  Astbury will keep board informed.

The Salt Pond/New Generation Foundation .  Selectmen will draft a letter to the Foundation to advise them of the last date for inclusion in the town report.  If not proposed in time, the article cannot be included at this year’s town meeting.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to draft the letter.

Discussed preparations for the election on November 8.  Pert will man the straw-poll seat from 8-12, Davis to take over from 12-4, Astbury from 4-8.

NEW BUSINESS:  Selectmen discussed some town-owned property and how to get it back on the tax roll.  CEO Ford to check market values for a parcel on the Walter Green Road area.

Animal Control Officer brought up an issue in West Sedgwick in which she has been threatened.  Astbury will keep in touch with her to stay appraised of the situation.

Time to start the budget process.  Assistant will start the notification process.  Selectmen discussed some of the issues involved.

Planning Board meeting change because of the election, they will meet on the second Wednesday, November 9 instead. of the regular Tuesday evening meeting.

CEO REPORT:  Working with residents regarding current and new projects. A great deal of paperwork suddenly.

ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Ben Astbury, 3rd Selectman