SELECTBOARD MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday January 2, 2018
Executive Session: 5:00 P.M. Adjourn at 5:45 P.M.
Regular Selectboard Meeting
At the Town Office
ATTENDANCE: David King, Jason Shaw, Allen Greene, Allison Hepler and Dale Chadbourne
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Prior to the beginning of the regular Select Board Meeting the Chair of the Board, David King, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: It was moved, seconded and voted unanimously to approve the December 4th, December 19th, and December 28th, 2017 minutes as written. Allison Helper excused herself from the vote for December 19th and December 28th minutes as she was not present for those meetings.
SELECTBOARD ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Dale Chadbourne nominated David King as Chair and Allison Hepler seconded. The Board voted unanimously to have David King chairman of the Board. David King nominated Dale Chadbourne for second chair of the board. The Board voted unanimously to have Dale Chadbourne as vice chair.
Allen Green: None
Jason Shaw: Commended the work of the Fire Department for their work at the Everett Dow Road fire. Using minimal water resulting in minimal damage to the property.
Allison Hepler: ReVision Energy has issued a press release for the opening of the solar panels. She also stated that she would be attending an age friendly regional meeting the following week.
Dale Chadbourne: None
David King: Heating assistance fund has been used. Stated that if the public needs help to reach out.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None
ROAD COMMISSIONER’S REPORT: Jack Shaw stated that all the roads look good this winter. There have been no known complaints. Mike Demers thanked Jack Shaw and Sons for a sand delivery when a fire truck was stuck. Jack stated that they would not be charging the town. Allison asked if there was an opportunity during the repair next summer of Route 127 to look into getting shoulders done on the road. Jack Shaw stated that they had brought that up prior to no success but would be willing to look into have a discussion with DOT again concerning this.
EMS CHIEF’S REPORT: Brian Carlton stated that they were monitoring the storm for Thursday and there were concerns over strong winds and power outages. There were ten calls, nine Woolwich responded to. Northeast was requested to seven calls and they responded to six. EMS went to two calls in Bath when the Bath EMS were tied up at a structure fire. Brian also stated that he was able to find a buyer from a Michigan funeral home to purchase two stretchers and backboards.
FIRE CHIEF’S REPORT: Mike reported that there had been eight calls since the last meeting including a structure fire. They have received two new applications and a new EMT as some completed their EMT training. He also stated that they had received a check from the insurance company for $1750.00.
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER’S REPORT: Bruce was absent from the meeting and David informed the Board that Bruce had nothing new to report.
Sidewalk Snow removal: Addressing a request from James Gabor in relation the snow removal on the South end of town. David King stated that the cost to remove snow was quoted 17 years ago at $61,000 for three years and this would only affect 1% of the population. He recommended that if a citizen is concerned about this that they take out a petition from the Town hall and gather the needed number of signatures to then have the town go out to bid to then have the issue up for a Town Meeting vote. Nothing can be done at this time as no money was budgeted for snow removal at that location in this fiscal year. Jack Shaw commented that there is no place to move the snow to and it would need to hauled away which would require flaggers and disrupting the traffic on route one. Jason Shaw commented that there was a contract in 2001 to do this and the contractor never returned after a few storms.
Special Town Meeting: To take money from the undesignated surplus to replenish the fire department and road and bridges budgets. Decided to hold this meeting on February 20th at 5pm.
Nequasset Road Bridge: David King said he would like to revisit the issue as to whether or not to abandon the bridge or hold onto it as a town bridge. It was decided that there would be a workshop on February 5th at 5:30 pm.
a. General Assistant Training: The Board of Selectman and Tax Collector Katharine Johnston will be attending a training provided by Jay Feyler the Town Manager of Union, here at Town Hall on January 16th at 2pm.
b. Selectboard bylaws: Voted unanimously to adopt the bylaws after the change from Board of Selectmen to Selectboard was made in the heading.
c. Disbursement Policy: Voted unanimously to adopt
d. Town Administrator Position: Voted unanimously to hire Katharine Johnston, current Tax collector for the town as the new Town Administrator upon completion of mid-year audit.
e. Tax Collector Opening: Voted unanimously to advertise as soon as mid-year audit is complete.
f. Other: Allison asked when staff evaluations were to be complete. David recommended that it be postponed due to all the recent staff changes. It was agreed that they would be completed the last week of June or the first week of July.
Upcoming budget meetings: 1/16/18 at 4pm. 2/5/18 at 4pm
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