10-08-2013 Select Board Meeting MInutes

MINUTES

Town of Bowdoinham

Select Board Meeting

October 8, 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, M. Theresa Turgeon and Doug Tourtelotte were present.  Kathy Gallant and Kathy Tome were absent.  Staff present included Town Manager William Post.  Also present was Lynn Spiro.

 

2.         Public Hearing on a new application for an on-premise liquor license for The Town Landing Inc.

 

Chair Hobart opened the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. The Town Manager explained that this is an item that the Board has not dealt with before as the Town just approved on-premise liquor sales at town meeting in June. The process is that the Board holds a public hearing on the application to receive public comments on the application. The hearing was advertised for three consecutive days in a local daily paper as required by law. After the public hearing, the Board then acts on the application. If approved, and there is very little reason why the Board would deny an application, and essentially no reason or a first time application, the application is then submitted to the state for review and approval.

 

Lynn Spiro stated that she planned on serving alcohol starting November 1st. The approval from the town meeting vote goes in to effect on October 9th. She stated that there are a large number of regulations that she must meet including separating the stock of alcohol that is served from the stock that is sold in the store portion of the business. Also, the beer and wine can only be sold with a meal, and not by itself.

 

            There were no other public comments. Chair Hobart closed the hearing at 5:33 p.m.

 

On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve the application for an on-premise liquor license for The Town Landing Inc.

           

3.         Amendments to the Agenda

 

            Chair Hobart stated that item 12, Executive Session, would be tabled.

 

4.         Approve Consent Calendar

  1. Meeting Minutes of September 24, 2013 – Tabled because the appropriate quorum was not present
  2. Warrants & Financial Reports:
    1. Treasurer’s Warrant #19 for $35,534.59

            C.  Reports & Communications

                  1.   Sheriff’s August Incident Report

 

On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve the consent calendar without the minutes as presented.

 

5.         Action Items

            A.  Act on Tax Abatement #1 for Sitelines Pa in the amount of $756.14 (equipment sold)

 

The Town Manager stated that Brian Smith Surveying sold the business and equipment to Sitelines Pa in January, but the Town was not notified. The equipment was moved out of town with the sale. 

 

On motion of Turgeon/Tourtelotte, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #1 for Sitelines Pa in the amount of $756.14. 

 

  1. Act on Tax Abatement #2 for Top Tech Auto in the amount of $170.94 (equipment sold)

 

The Manager stated that business equipment that was owned by Stillwells was sold to Top Tech Auto and then to Chad Weaver and both Top Tech Auto and Chad Weaver were taxed for the equipment.   

 

            On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #2 for Top Tech Auto in the amount of $170.94.

 

C.  Act on Tax Abatement #3 for Fairpoint Communications in the amount of $50.82 (equipment was double-billed)

 

The Manager stated that this is a double billing because Northern NE Tele Operations LLC was also billed for this equipment.

 

On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #3 for Fairpoint Communications in the amount of $50.82.

 

            D.  Act on Tax Abatement #4 for Gary & Lisa Ashley in the amount of $255.64 (barn removed)

 

The Manager stated that the barn that was taxed on this account was used as live burn training for the Fire Department and the assessing agent was not notified. This reduces the value of the buildings by $16,600 and the taxes by $255.64.

 

            On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #4 for Gary & Lisa Ashley in the amount of $255.64.

 

            E.   Act on Tax Abatement #5 for Penelope Norris in the amount of $731.50 (less water frontage)

 

            The Manager stated that this property was assessed for 950 feet of water frontage and the owner proved that there is only 440 feet of water frontage. This reduces the value from $198,900 to $151,400 and the taxes by $731.50.

 

            On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #5 for Penelope Norris in the amount of $731.50.

 

            F.   Act on Tax Abatement #6 for David & Harry Prout in the amount of $940.94 (covenant placed on property limiting development)

             

The Manager stated that the abutting property owner paid to have a covenant on 24.4 acres of this property that does not allow for development on the acreage or additions to the existing building. This reduces the value of the property from $223,100 to $162,000 and the taxes by $940.94.

 

            On motion of Turgeon/Tourtelotte, the Board voted 3 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #6 for David & Harry Prout in the amount of $940.94.

 

6.         Discussion Items – None

           

7.         Town Manager’s Report

 

            The Manager stated that

 

            The Manager stated that the Public Works Department has finished stockpiling winter sand with the delivery of 1,200 cubic yards. He also stated that the Recreation Director has created two new programs for adults: adult dodge ball and yoga. She is trying to determine what the adults in the community want for activities.

 

            The Manager stated that the new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District process has begun. The consultant hired by the Town has met once with the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) and will meet with them again on October 15th as part of the business open house at Steven Bunn’s business. The Manager and Planning & Development Director will keep the Board informed as to the process and suggested projects that may be included in the TIF District, and if the Board members have any input, they should attend the meeting next week. The CMP project that will be a part of the TIF is scheduled to begin construction this December instead of next year. This start was agreed to by the farmers that will be affected by the project.

 

            Board member Turgeon asked if high speed internet expansion could be a project paid for through TIF funds. The Manager stated that it is possible, but would need more discussion.

 

8.         Select Board Member’s Request for Agenda Items for Next Meeting

 

            Chair Hobart reminded those present that the Century Box will be sealed at the beginning of the next Board meeting.

 

9.         Announce Future Meetings and Events (Meetings at Coombs Building unless noted)

A.  Select Board Meetings

1. October 22nd – Regular Meeting

2. November 12th – Regular Meeting

            B.   Waterfront Facilities Discussion, October 9th 6:30 p.m.

            C.  Advisory Committee on Aging Meeting – October 11th 4:00 p.m.

            D.  Flu Shot Clinic – October 12th 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Fire Station (with Benefit dinner)

            E.   Town Office Closed – October 14th for Columbus Day

            F.   Bowdoinham Business Open House (CDAC meeting) – October 15th 6:30 p.m. Steven Bunn Furniture Maker

 

10.       Comments from Select Board Members

 

Board member Turgeon stated that the Senior Center is open again and asked that it be put on the message board.

           

11.       Comments from the Public

 

            Lynn Spiro stated that she recommended to Nicole that the kiosk could be used to promote a local business when there are no events to advertise.

 

12.       Executive Session(s)

            A. Convene in Executive Session Pursuant to 1 M.R.S. §405 (6) (F) to review a Poverty Abatement Request (#14-02) - Tabled

 

13.       Adjourn

 

            The meeting adjourned by acclamation at 6:05 p.m.

 

 

                                    Select Board                                                                                                   

                                    Town of Bowdoinham, Maine   Brian Hobart, Chair

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                M. Theresa Turgeon, Vice-Chair

 

 

                                                                                                            Absent                                    

                                                                                                Kathleen Gallant

 

 

                                                                                                            Absent                                    

                                                                                                Kathy Tome

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                Douglas Tourtelotte

 

                                                                                                Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                William S. Post, Town Manager