Mar
20
2017

Regular Meeting (03-20-2017)

Selectmen Present:                Suzan Rudnicki, John Luce, Earlyn Bowers, Douglas Small and Jared Fitt

Town Manager/CEO:           Kevin Howell

Recording Secretary:            Coreen Sylvester

Guests Present:                      Glennis McSorley and Toby Pelletier

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

MINUTES:  Douglas Small made a motion to accept the minutes of February 27, 2017 as written.  Earlyn Bowers seconded.  Four voted in favor.  John Luce abstained as he was not present for that meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

ALS Backup:  Town Manager Kevin Howell summarized previous discussions regarding our current ALS provider arrangement.  Kevin stated that excepting Fire Chief Ryan Simpson, everyone he had spoken with including Chief Higgins of Bangor Fire (our current provider), believes that Hermon Fire should be our ALS provider.  Chief Ryan Simpson said Hermon only has one paramedic, but Kevin said he contacted Hermon’s ambulance chairman and was told they are covered eighty percent of the day and have nine paramedics.

 

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

 

            1.   The Town Manager gave the Treasurer’s Report as of February 28, 2017.

 

            2.   There was discussion regarding the damage from a burst water pipe at the Town Office on March 13, 2017.  Kevin Howell stated our insurance company will only pay   to put it back the way it was and said that while the office is already cleaned out and the walls and ceiling are opened up, this would be a good time to make upgrades to the electrical lights/fixtures, floors, and plumbing.  The out-of-pocket cost for the additional work would be less than $5,000.00.  The other flooring work that was planned before the flooding occurred could be done for an additional cost of approximately $4,000.00 if the contractor is willing and able to do it now. 

 

John Luce made a motion to authorize doing the extra on the floor, plumbing and electrical using municipal building reserve funds.  Doug Small seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

John Luce made a motion to authorize having all the floors done if Kevin speaks to the contractor and finds it feasible.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

3.   Kevin Howell asked for March 31st as a vacation day.  Selectmen had no objections.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Sheriff’s Contract:  The Town Manager said the Law Enforcement contract increases by three percent on a yearly basis, and if we enter into a three-year contract the increase would be two percent per year.  Suzan Rudnick made a motion to authorize the Town Manager to enter into a three-year contract with Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services.  John Luce seconded.  Four voted in favor.  Doug Small abstained.

 

MRC Joinder Agreement:  John Luce made a motion to authorize Town Manager Kevin Howell to sign and deliver the put option exercise letter to Municipal Review Committee and Penobscot Energy Recovery Company.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

John Luce made a motion to authorize the Town Manager to execute and deliver the Municipal Joinder Agreement.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  Suzan Rudnicki made a motion to go into executive session pursuant to 1MRSA § 405(6) (A) to discuss a personnel matter.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Five voted in favor.  Selectmen went into executive session at 8:20 pm.  Selectmen reconvened in regular session at 9:20 pm.  No action taken, informational only.

 

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of March 6, 2017 in the amount of $4,653.12.  Doug Small seconded.  Five voted in favor.

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of March 13, 2017 in the amount of $4,410.61.  Doug Small seconded.  Five voted in favor.

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of March 20, 2017 in the amount of $4,246.70.  Doug Small seconded.  Five voted in favor.

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of March 20, 2017 in the amount of $173,076.40.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Five voted in favor.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Sue Rudnicki made a motion to adjourn.  Jared Fitts seconded. Five voted in favor.  Meeting adjourned at 9:24 pm.