04-09-2013 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham

Select Board Meeting

April 9, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.



1.         Call the Meeting to Order & Establish a Quorum


The meeting was called to order and quorum established by Chairman Hobart at 5:30 p.m.  Select Board members Brian Hobart, Kathy Gallant, and M. Theresa Turgeon were present.  Kathy Tome and Douglas Tourtelotte were absent.  Staff present included Town Manager William Post and Planning and Development Director Nicole Briand.  Also present were George Christopher, Stewart Burrell, and Planning Board member Brent Zachau.


2.         Amendments to the Agenda – None


3.         Approve Consent Calendar

  1. Meeting Minutes of March 26, 2013
  2. Warrants & Financial Reports:
    1. Treasurer’s Warrant #53 for $73,599.91

            C.  Reports & Communications

                  1.   Sheriff’s March Incident Report

            D.  Quit Claim Deeds

                  1.   Paul Derocher for 2011 Taxes Paid


On motion of Turgeon/Gallant, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve the consent calendar as presented.


4.         Action Items

            A.  Act on Appointment of Kathy Pszczolkowski to the Advisory Committee on Aging


The Town Manager stated that Judy Gray has resigned from this committee and Kathy Pszczolkowski has volunteered to serve. The term is for the remainder of Judy’s term, ending June 30, 2015. 


On motion of Gallant, the Board voted 3 – 0 to appoint Katherine Pszczolkowski to the Advisory Committee on Aging for a term ending June 30, 2015.


            B.   Act on EMS Operational Policies and Procedures


The Manager stated that the Bowdoinham EMS used to utilize operational policies and procedures, but has not in recent years. These policies and procedures are basic and standard and were reviewed with Northeast Ambulance as well as Bowdoin EMS.


On motion of Gallant/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve the EMS Operational Policies and Procedures as presented.


C.     Review and Act on Land Use Ordinance Amendments as Recommended by the Planning Board


Planning and Development Director Nicole Briand reviewed the seven proposed amendments to the Land Use Ordinance as approved by the Planning Board.


The first amendment changes the name on the shoreland zoning map for one district from “Marina District” to “Commercial Fisheries/Maritime Activities District”. Board member Turgeon asked why. Briand stated that there was a typographical error in the map when it was originally approved. This amendment corrects that error.


The second amendment removes references to “Great Ponds” in Bowdoinham as there are no great ponds in Bowdoinham.


The third amendment defines non-permanent structures and differentiates between non-permanent structures and temporary structures. Language is added that non-permanent structures must meet setback requirements and that these structures are allowed. Board member Gallant asked if this applies to ice-fishing shanties. Briand answered that ice-fishing shanties are temporary structures because they are moved.


The fourth amendment clarifies the definition of home-based businesses and lowers the performance standards for home-based occupations and home-based businesses. Board member Gallant asked if this will require residents to get a permit that do not have to know. Briand answered that this amendment will lessen the regulations for obtaining a permit as long as performance standards are met, and would not require those residents that do not need a permit now to obtain a permit.


The fifth amendment will amend the subdivision ordinance from a two-step process that requires a preliminary plan and a final plan to a one-step process.


The sixth amendment will add language in the shoreland zoning section of the ordinance as required by the Department of Environmental Protection.


The seventh amendment will inform applicants applying the Board of Appeals that they need to submit eight copies of application materials. 


Briand stated that the Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on April 25th at 7:00 p.m. to hear comments on a proposed expansion of a land use district owned by James McPherson. He owns two pieces of property on opposite sides of the road. Both pieces are in resource protection which does not allow commercial activity currently. He is asking for the district to be expanded so he can apply for a permit to expand his business to rent kayaks and canoes. The State Shoreland Zoning Coordinator does not have a concern with this expansion.


On motion of Gallant/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve the Land Use Ordinance Amendments as Proposed by the Planning Board and direct the manager to draft warrant articled for Town Meeting.


5.         Discussion Items

            A.  Update on the Chicken Barbeque


            Kathy Gallant stated that the event will be announced in the next newsletter and posters will be up in the coming weeks. The event will be on June 22nd, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. New this year will be home cooked baked beans, a community chicken dance at 1:30 p.m. and music.  There will also be a pick-up softball game. The fifth grade at Bowdoinham Community School will have a lemonade stand to raise money for their field trip and there will be face painting for donations as well. The cost for the meal will be $6.00 for a half meal and $10.00 for a full mean. All income will benefit the school.


6.         Town Manager’s Report


            The Manager handed out a copy of a petition and proposed Fireworks Ordinance that is being circulated. The proposed ordinance calls for a ban on fireworks in town except for those displays sponsored by the Town. The Manager stated that he is still concerned that the Town has no means to enforce a fireworks ordinance.


            The Manager stated that the Finance Advisory Committee is scheduled to finalize their review of the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 municipal budget at 6:30 p.m. following the Select Board’s meeting. At this point, there still is no information as to how the state budget will impact the Town’s budget as the legislature has not finalized the state budget.


7.         Select Board Member’s Request for Agenda Items for Next Meeting – None


8.         Announce Future Meetings and Events

A.  Select Board Meetings

1. April 23rd – Regular Meeting

2. May 7th – Special Meeting (Warrant Public Hearing and Approval)

            B.   Businesses Workshop – Website and Facebook, April 10th 6:30 p.m.

            C.  Cemetery Clean-up Day, April 13th 9:00 a.m. Fire Station

            D.  Community Development Advisory Committee Meeting April 16th 6:30 p.m.


9.         Comments from Select Board Members – None


10.       Comments from the Public – None


11.       Adjourn


            The meeting adjourned by acclamation at 6:12 p.m.



                                    Select Board                                                                                                   

                                    Town of Bowdoinham, Maine   Brian Hobart, Chair




                                                                                                M. Theresa Turgeon, Vice-Chair




                                                                                                Kathleen Gallant




                                                                                                Kathy Tome




                                                                                                Douglas Tourtelotte




                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,




                                                                                                William S. Post, Town Manager