2010-06-08 Select Board Meeting Minutes
Town of Bowdoinham
Select Board Meeting Minutes
June 8, 2010
Residents in attendance: Dotty Baker, Stewart Burrell, Bob Kane, George Christopher, Jennifer Foley, Darragh Ferranti, Edward Ferranti, Bruce Ross, Dick Leighton
Nonresidents: Whitney Leighton
Item 1: Call the meeting to order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. All members were present: Chair Whittlesey, Selectperson Hobart and Selectperson Billings.
Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from May 25, 2010 Regular Select Board meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes of May 25, 2010. Selectperson Billings moved approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Selectperson Hobart. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 3: Comments from the Public –
George Christopher – asked about the Skate Board Park. The Manager replied that she was waiting to hear back from the Parker family.
Bob Kane asked about the progress of the Personnel Policy – Chair Whittlesey stated that the Town’s attorney was continuing to work on the policy. The work continues on the benefit levels for part time employees. Mr. Kane suggested that the procedures put in place regarding harassment extend to other aspects of the Personnel Policy. The Board thanked him for his suggestions.
Ed Ferranti asked if the employee is still employed by the Town who is no longer at the town office. The Board replied in the affirmative but other matters related to the issue were confidential. Mr. Ferranti asked if there were any pending lawsuits against the Town. Selectperson Billings replied there have been no lawsuits filed. Selectperson Hobart stated that it is not necessarily public information but that he had heard that there were threats of lawsuits. Darragh Ferranti asked if a town employee had been under indictment for any wrong doing. Selectperson Billings replied that there were no indictments. Chair Whittlesey stated that the statements in the Times Record had a number of inaccuracies and that he had spoken to the Editor of the Times Record to state his displeasure. Ms. Ferranti stated that if statements were false in regard to an employee being under indictment, then the Select Board should correct the statements in the Times Record. Also, she asked if the Board would be willing to make a statement before the Town Meeting that there are no pending lawsuits. Chair Whittlesey pointed out that the Board has consistently stated that it does not act on rumors. Ms. Ferranti stated that she thought that the inaccuracies stated in the Times Record should be corrected by the Board on behalf of the town employee. She also stated that the employee had not been arrested as stated in the Times Record. The Board agreed that the inaccuracies should be corrected but that the Town Meeting was not the proper place.
Item 4: New Business
a) Consideration to accept the Laroches' settlement offer in the amount of $29,468.61 as full and final settlement of all claims with respect to the land use violation occurring on the property located at 791 White Road, Lot R05 Map 26 and to authorize the Tax Collector to sign the discharge of lien and to ensure that it is duly recorded in the registry of deeds once the funds clear. The Manager reported that the settlement offer includes all disposal costs including the amount paid to the private contractor as well as the wages for the Public Works crew and the use of town equipment. Selectperson Hobart moved to accept the settlement offer in the amount of $29,468.61, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
b) Preparation for Annual Town Meeting – The Board prepared for the Town Meeting by reviewing the Warrant Articles and Talking Points that were prepared by the Finance Advisory Committee.
c) Report on the use of the Contingency Fund – The Board reviewed the Contingency Fund expenses to date.
d) Consideration to name private road Nutta Way – Selectperson Hobart moved to approve the private road name of Nutta Way, second by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 5: Town Manager’s Report
a) Expenses & Revenues through May 2010 – The Manager reviewed the Expenses and Revenues to date.
b) Approval of application from Fairpoint for pole location on Carding Machine Road – Selectperson Hobart moved to approve the application for pole location on the Carding Machine Road, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
c) Approval of application from CMP for pole location on Millay Road – Selectperson Billings moved to approve the application for pole location on the Millay Road, seconded by Selectperson Hobart. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 6: Consent Items – There were no consent items.
Item 7: Consideration of FY10 Treasurer’s Warrant #29 - Accounts Payable: $231,953
Payroll $ 16,571
Warrant Total $248,524
The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrant #29. Selectperson Billings moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #29, seconded by Selectperson Hobart. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 8: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (June 22, 2010)
Recycling Barn Lease
Item 9: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events
• June 9 @ 7:00 pm – Annual Town Meeting at Bowdoinham Community School
• June 16 @ 6:30 pm – Sidewalk Meeting – Town Office
Item 10: Adjourn – The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:15 pm