Selectmen’s Minutes, September 3, 2015



September 3, 2015


Opened the meeting at 5:40 pm and determined a quorum present.  Selectmen present:  Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal, Ben Astbury.  Also present:  Ben Webb, Victor Smith, Fred Marston, Charlie Wiggins, Robert Jones, Road Commissioner Paul Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Tax Collector Belinda Rooney, Clerk/treasurer Cindy Reilly, Assistant Barbara Grindle.


Read approved and voted 2-0 (Davis absent last meeting) to accept the minutes of the last meeting.


Reviewed and signed treasurer’s warrant for $88,733.23; $76079.24 for education, $9,417.85 for administration salaries, $575.34 for sludge charges, and $70 for garbage pickup at the Town Dock.


OLD BUSINESS:  Ben Webb was in to discuss the plowing contract for this coming winter.  Carter will be available to help if needed, but Webb will be assuming the contract for four years. Board will discuss the contract.

Discussed the letter from town attorney.  Concluded that the Strongs need to come to the Planning Board and complete the site plan application.  CEO stated that it is clear that the selectmen are responsible for enforcement of the plan.  Discussion about issues in the previous application including fact finding issues for the permit.  Motion was made to instruct the town attorney to make contact with the Strong’s attorney, John Steed, to have his clients come in to the Planning Board meeting.  Voted 3-0 to contact Diane O’Connell.  Grindal made the motion for CEO Ford to approach the Strongs, give them the information from O’Connell’s letter, and request that they come in for the meeting.  Moved, seconded and voted 3-0 for him to do so.

DOT called Davis with questions regarding the Town Dock Grant engineering money.

The Hearse House needs shingling and Grindal will get a quote for doing the work.

John Allen’s resignation from the Planning Board was received.  He offered to stay on as an alternate if needed.  Davis said that Colby Pert has offered to fill his seat.  Davis to let current alternate, Peter Atherton, know of the vacancy.  He would have to resign as alternate before filling a regular seat.  Selectmen to wait for Atherton to decide before appointing anyone.


CEO REPORT:  Several projects in the works.  Progress on Caterpillar Hill is very slow, there is a new house planned for Astbury Lane, another taxpayer consulting with CEO to consult with builder on moving buildings, former landfill site greening up where damage done but drying out where old ground is, another is checking on planting trees.


ADJOURN:  There being no further business, it was moved and seconded and voted 3-0 to adjourn at 7:12 pm.


Ben Astbury, Selectman