Selectmen’s Minutes, September 10, 2015



September 10, 2015


Opened the meeting and established a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Neil Davis, Ben Astbury, Nelson Grindal.  Also present:  Jennifer Osborn, Stephen Collins, Jill Smith, Mia Strong, Stephanie Von Skal, John Steed, Victor Smith, Paul Bennoch, Robert Jones, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Read and approved the minutes of the last meeting.


Reviewed and signed the Treasurer’s warrant for $3,879.69; $240 for sludge removal, $240 for lawn mowing at the town house and the town office, legal fees of $1,000, fire department bills of $419.77, and general assistance for $374.39.


OLD BUSINESS:  Members of the public asked about the parking lot, sewage, and licenses at Strong Brewery, Mia Strong spoke about her state licenses and that she is in compliance with all state regulations.  Road Commissioner Carter expressed his concern regarding small businesses in town.  Planning Board Chairman Jones presented a letter to the selectmen with requests to have the Brewery owners appear before a special meeting of the Planning Board.

Moved, seconded and voted to invite Webb’s Excavating to next week’s meeting to discuss the snow plowing contract.  Carter expressed concern about DOT building and private ownership of the road sand.  Will discuss with Webb next week.


NEW BUSINESS:  Moved, seconded and voted 2-0 (Grindal absent) to appoint CEO Ford Public Access Officer.

Signed the Constitution Week proclamation for DAR member Pat Blake of Brooksville’s Majorbigwaduce Chapter, and another for Assistant Grindle’s Ramassoc Chapter, Bucksport.  Constitution Week is September 17 through September 23.

Davis read an email from the Brooklin Selectboard in reference to the DA’s inability to enforce local ordinances including shellfish ordinances.  The DA’s office will no longer prosecute those cases.  A meeting was held yesterday (9/9) at the Ellsworth City Hall regarding this problem.

Assistant presented new General Assistance ordinance updates.  Selectmen to look them over before next meeting with regard to a public hearing.

Grindal meeting with CEO, town attorney and LPI Hutchins Friday regarding the Brewery issue.


CEO REPORT: Ford busy as usual.  Directed one taxpayer to the assessing agent for information.  Discussed tree planting with another, meeting with Blue Heritage Trust representative with regard to a parking lot on Rope Ferry Road.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved, seconded and voted to adjourn at 7:50 pm.


Ben Astbury, Selectman