Selectmen’s Minutes, October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017

Opened the meeting and established a quorum present. Selectmen present: Ben Astbury, Colby Pert, Michael Sheahan. Also present: Bob Publicover, CEO Duane Ford, Tax Collector Elizabeth Gray, Assistant Barbara Grindle.

There being no errors or omissions in the records of the last meeting, moved, seconded and voted 2-0 to dispense with reading the minutes of the last meeting and accept them as written.

Reviewed and signed the treasurer’s warrant for $237,673.63; education $224,900.25, clearing $2,038, salaries $8,445.03, FICA tax $654, 911/RCC $625.18, sludge $120, plumbing $530.

NEW BUSINESS: Accepted the resignation of Animal Control Officer Debbie Ciomei, voted 3-0 to accept. Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to appoint Allen vanRiejsen as Animal Control Officer, effective October 11.

OLD BUSINESS: After discussion, decided to revisit the Salt Pond Access/Brooklin at a later date if circumstances warrant.
The budget committee needs to have one member sworn in and is looking for one more member. The selectmen would like to have the budget committee more involved in the budget process.
Michael Nowell accepted a position on the Landscape Committee. They will be meeting this winter to discuss plans to beautify the town office property. This project was former selectman Tom O’Connor’s wish; donations may be made in Tom’s memory and will be used only for this project.
Selectmen have copies of the quarterly disbursements, a first step in the budget process.

CEO REPORT: Working on the Shoreland Zoning ordinance for inclusion in March’s Town Meeting. Written a letter asking about a cell tower status that was permitted as temporary. Also have written a letter regarding possible commercial use of a residential property without a change of use permit.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Explained the status of the road to the Salt Pond property: road commissioner stopped until he conferred with the selectmen about the parking area and how close to the pond the road should go. He wants to get the work done while the area is dry. Discussion with road commissioner and selectmen resulted in a repositioning of the parking area to a flatter spot. Will contact someone about mowing the area before winter.

ADJOURNED at 6:50 p.m. to enter executive session. Entered executive session at 6:52 p.m., exited executive session at 7:27 p.m. No decision made.

ADJOURN: There being no further business, moved, seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn the meeting at 7:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Grindle, Assistant to the Selectmen