Jun
4
2018

Regular Meeting (06-04-2018)

Selectmen Present:                Suzan Rudnicki, Douglas Small, John Luce, Jared Fitts andJoshua Devlin

Town Manager/CEO:           Kevin Howell

Recording Secretary:            Coreen Sylvester

Guests Present:                      Fire Chief Ralph Shaw, RSU 87 Superintendent John Backus, Ed Moreshead and Joe Kellner of Capital Ambulance, Jill Sanborn of Meridian Mobile Health, Bion Sanborn, Sheila Mahon, Glennis McSorley, Toby Pelletier and Deanna Witham

7:30 PM:  Suzan Rudnicki called the meeting to order.

MINUTES:  Douglas Small made a motion to accept the minutes of May 21, 2018 as written. Jared Fitts seconded.  Four voted in favor.  John Luce abstained as he was not present for that meeting.

           

NEW BUSINESS:

 

RSU 87 Budget Discussion:  There was discussion with Superintendent John Backus regarding the proposed 2018/2019 school budget.  Carmel’s overall increase will be $188,691.70 or 12.58%.

 

Ed Moreshead – Capital Ambulance, Mutual Aid:  Kevin took some time to give an overview of what he was proposing for enhancing regional ambulance service with our mutual aid towns within the context of the contract we recently signed with Capital Ambulance.  The Carmel ambulance will be staffed with a Capital EMT forty hours per week going forward accompanied by a per diem driver staffed by Carmel Fire and Rescue.  Because Capital has contracts with Etna, Levant, Newburgh and Dixmont as primary provider service, Kevin felt it would be beneficial for the staffed Carmel ambulance to respond to calls in those towns during the hours our ambulance is staffed with a Capital employee.  It would provide much better response times to our neighboring towns, subsidize our associated costs of the Capital contract and increase revenue from additional billable transports.  During times when the ambulance is responding to a call, the ambulance in Levant, which is owned by Capital, would be primary backup in Carmel followed by Capital Ambulance staging at a central location if needed for secondary backup.  Ed Moreshead and Joe Kellner of Capital Ambulance spoke in support of the proposal and answered questions.  After discussion, the Selectmen had no objections to moving forward with the regional service for mutual aid towns.

 

Tax-Acquired Properties:  The Town Manager gave the Board a list of properties that are currently tax-acquired, and went over the circumstances of each one.  Selectmen took no action in order to give Kevin time to contact the taxpayers again.

 

Five Road Construction:   Kevin went over the engineered design for construction under the Five Road railroad bridge.  After discussion, it was decided Kevin would get estimates for the work.

 

TOWN MGR/TAX COLLECTOR/CODE ENF OFFICER/RD COMM. REPORT:

 

  1. There was discussion about the paving projects Kevin has gotten estimates for.

 

  1. Kevin said the FEMA grant application process for the reimbursement of costs incurred from the wind storm in October 2017 was in process.

 

  1. Kevin let the Board know the dirt roads are done and came out really well.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Election Clerk Appointments:  John Luce made a motion to sign the certificate of appointment for the list of election clerks attached to the certificate.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Four voted in favor.  Suzan Rudnicki abstained.

 

Quitclaim Deed for John Gilmore:  Jared Fitts made a motion to sign a quitclaim deed for John Douglas Small seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

Bridge Report from State:  Kevin went over the items on the bridge report from the State.

 

Fire Department Update:  Fire Chief Ralph Shaw gave an update on Fire Department matters. Ralph said things are going well, and they are up to five EMT’s on the department at this time.

 

WARRANT:  Josh Devlin made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of May 29, 2018 in the amount of $4,431.90.  John Luce seconded.  Five voted in favor.

WARRANT:  Josh Devlin made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of May 30, 2018 in the amount of $7,235.32.  John Luce seconded.  Five voted in favor.

WARRANT:  Josh Devlin made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of June 4, 2018 in the amount of $4,588.39.  John Luce seconded.  Five voted in favor.

WARRANT:  Josh Devlin made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of June 4, 2018 in the amount of $30,728.79.  John Luce seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  John Luce made a motion to adjourn.  Josh Devlin seconded.  Five voted in Meeting adjourned at 9:34 pm.