Regular Meeting (08-03-2015)

Selectmen Present:                Suzan Rudnicki, John Luce, Earlyn Bowers and Joseph Pelletier

Absent:                                   Douglas Small

Town Manager:                    Tom Richmond

Recording Secretary:            Coreen Sylvester

Guests Present:                      Herbert Dean, Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Howell, Chad LaBree of PRCC, Glen Williamson of (N?) Fire Dept, Hermon Fire Chief Ray Pipes, Aaron Brown of Etna Fire Dept, Eric Pelletier of Hermon Fire Dept, Ralph Shaw of Carmel Fire Dept, Carmel Fire Chief Ryan Simpson, Darren Corriveau of Carmel Fire Dept, Chief Tom Higgins of Penobscot County Fire Chiefs, Tim Rankin of Levant Fire Dept, Levant Fire Chief Eric Strout and Penobscot County Commissioner Bill Collins

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



Meeting With 911 Dispatch: There was a lengthy discussion regarding communications problems with dispatching from Penobscot Regional Communications Center. Several of the firemen present said most of the problems they had have been ironed out. Fire Chief Ryan Simpson stated the communications system works very sporadically, said his biggest concern is safety and gave several examples of when his pager/radio did not work correctly. Commissioner Bill Collins asked for specific dates of the incidents, and said it sounds like it has been better since the problem was first brought to the attention of PRCC. Eric Pelletier and Chad LaBree stated that when problems arise, they need to go through the proper channels, which begin with sending the problem to Chad and Chandler. Then they communicate with each other to resolve the problems

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER REPORT: Code Enforcement Officer Kevin Howell gave the Board an update on Stephen Dunham’s junkyard and said he had gone forward with a first notice to the landowner (Patricia St. Louis). Kevin said he has learned that we can go after the operator instead of the landowner, and the second notice will be served on Mr. Dunham with a copy to the landowner to let her know what is going on.

Kevin let the Board know the Planning Board is working on ordinance to allow for ‘mother-in-law’ suites. Our current ordinance only allows for one dwelling per lot, no matter the size of the lot.

MINUTES: John Luce made a motion to accept the minutes of July 27, 2015 as amended. Joe Pelletier seconded. Three voted in favor. Earlyn Bowers abstained as he was not present for that meeting.


Update on TAP Sales: Town Manager Tom Richmond said he believes all of the tax-acquired properties that were sold at last week’s meeting have been paid for, except for 28 Trail’s End. Tom said that after looking through the files, it is possible the Douglas Schmidt might be able to challenge the sale, so Alvin B. Smith is working with Mr. Schmidt to get a clear title and we gave him a little more time to pay for the property.


  1. The Town Manager gave the Treasurer’s Report as of July 31, 2015. 

  1. Tom said he hasn’t heard yet when Straight Up Roofing is going to start on the Town Office roof. 

  2. Tom let the Board know we have $15,000.00 set aside for crack sealing some of the roads. 

  3. Tom said Deputy Kari Kurth came back to work yesterday, and leaves for the academy on August 17th

  4. Joe Pelletier asked if the new dump body has been put on the town truck yet. Tom said it has, and the company who put it on is trying to sell the old one for us. 

  5. Suzan Rudnicki stated the weeds are growing up drastically at the Veterans’ Memorial. There was discussion about ways to resolve the issue.


WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the Full-time fireman’s payroll warrant of August 3, 2015 in the amount of $828.07. Joe Pelletier seconded. Four voted in favor.

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of August 3, 2015 in the amount of $4,375.71. Joe Pelletier seconded. Four voted in favor.

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of August 3,2015 in the amount of $138,206.11. Joe Pelletier seconded. Four voted in favor.


ADJOURNMENT: Suzan Rudnicki made a motion to adjourn. Joe Pelletier seconded. Four voted in favor. Meeting adjourned at 9:25 pm.