Dec
5
2016

Regular Meeting (12-05-2016)

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

Absent:                                   Earlyn Bowers

Town Manager/CEO:           Kevin Howell

Recording Secretary:            Coreen Sylvester

Guests Present:                      Paul Morgan, Robbin Lanpher, Glennis McSorley and Toby Pelletier

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

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Robbin Lanpher - School Board Position:  Robbin Lanpher said that with the school board's  new absentee policy and due to his busy work schedule he has been unable to meet the     attendance requirements for school board meetings, and the board sent a letter to Selectmen about it.  Robbin said he has never run for school board but accepted the position when he was asked because he had write-in votes.  He stated is willing to give up his seat if the Board of Selectmen have someone to fill it and this person will take out papers to run; if not, he is willing to serve until March. 

Kevin Howell said Paul Morgan is planning to run for school board and if Selectmen agree to appoint him, he is willing to fill the remainder of Robbin's term.  John Luce made a motion to accept Robbin Lanpher's resignation.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Three voted in favor (Doug Small had not yet arrived at the meeting.)  John Luce made a motion to appoint Paul Morgan to the school board for the remainder of Robbin's term.     Jared Fitts seconded.  Three voted in favor.

 

MINUTES:  John Luce made a motion to accept the minutes of November 28, 2016 as written.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Three voted in favor.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Sign Procedure Manual:  Selectmen signed the Policy and Procedure Manual.

 

MSW & Recycling Contracts:  The Town Manager said Jerry Sullivan has agreed to continue his contracts with no increase.  John Luce made a motion to authorize the Town Manager to sign the Municipal Solid Waste and Recycling contracts with Sullivan's Waste  Disposal & Recycling.  Douglas Small seconded.  Four voted in favor.

 

Auditor Contract:   John Luce made a motion to authorize the Town Manager to sign the contract with RHR Smith for the 2016 audit at $5,825.00.   Doug Small seconded.  Four voted in favor.

 

Library Budget:  Kevin said the library's proposed budget is $500.00 more than last year. At a prior Selectmen's meeting there had been discussion about making the library budget a separate warrant article rather than including it as part of the Community Activities budget.  Suzan Rudnicki made a motion that the Library Board of Trustee's request for $23,640.00 be a separate article on the town warrant.  Doug Small seconded.  Three voted in favor.  John Luce opposed.

 

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

 

            1.   Kevin Howell gave Selectmen a list of properties that became tax acquired on December 2nd.  Even though the Town no longer makes payment arrangements, several on the list had pre-existing arrangements and are keeping up with their payments.  There was discussion about 55 Hampden Road, which may still be a buildable lot.  Kevin said that if a lot was in existence before the adoption of the current Land Use Zoning Ordinance, it may be a buildable lot.  Kevin said he will research it further.

 

            2.   Kevin said he had the meeting last Wednesday to start talking about the possibility of installing sidewalks in the village area.  Kevin walked it with Patrick Adams of the Department of Transportation, and there is plenty of room for sidewalks within D.O.T.'s right-of-way without having to get easements from property owners.  Kevin was given a high estimate of $500,000.00 for the whole project from planning and engineering through the finish, with federal money paying eighty percent.  Kevin said he got a rough estimate of $25,000.00 for the planning, and there is a Planning Partnership Initiative through the State that would pay fifty percent of that.  Kevin suggested starting with a resident survey in the next newsletter to see if residents would support the project.  Selectmen had no objections.

 

            3.   There was discussion about the proposed town landing on Doug Small's and Russell Treadwell's property.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Sex Offender Notification Policy:  John Luce made a motion to accept the Sex Offender Notification Policy.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Four voted in favor.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  Sue Rudnicki made a motion to go into executive session pursuant to 1MRSA § 405(6)(A) to discuss a personnel matter.  Douglas Small seconded.  Four voted in favor.  Selectmen went into executive session at 8:37 pm.  Selectmen reconvened in regular session at 9:17 pm.  Sue Rudnicki made a motion to come out of executive session at 9:17 pm.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Four voted in favor.  No action taken, informational only.

      

Sue Rudnicki made a motion to sign the Town Manager's contract for three years.  John Luce seconded.  Four voted in favor.

 

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of December 5, 2016 in the amount of $5,767.54.  Doug Small seconded.  Four voted in favor.

WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of  December 5, 2016 in the amount of $148,331.38.  Jared Fitts seconded.  Four voted in favor.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Suzan Rudnicki made a motion to adjourn.  Douglas Small seconded. Four voted in favor.  Meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.