2010-10-12 Select Board Meeting Minutes
Town of Bowdoinham
Select Board Public Hearing
October 12, 2010
- To see if the Town will vote to increase the size of the Bowdoinham Board of
Selectmen from 3 to 5 members, effective beginning with the next annual municipal election, and for transition purposes relating to the staggering terms, to elect 1 of the 2 additional members for an initial term of 2 years.
The following are comments/questions from the pubic:
Dean Beckwith– Asked why the Select Board put this on the warrant and said that his experience with a five member Board in the town of Richmond made it difficult to deal with and added to the size of government.
Bob Kane– asked if the Board was increased, would the Board share the $3,900 presently budgeted for the Select Board stipend or would an increase be needed?
Stewart Burrell – asked if it would affect this year’s budget?
Lynn Spiro– asked what if the town meeting did not vote to increase the stipend in June.
2. Shall an Ordinance entitled Annual Municipal Elections Ordinance be enacted for the Town of Bowdoinham that changes the date of the annual municipal election from June of each year to the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November pursuant to 30-A M.R.S.A. Section 2525?
Albert Stehle– stated that this didn’t make any sense to him because citizens – if citizens want to vote for a Selectman in June they may now. Why change it just to accommodate them?
3. Shall an Ordinance entitled Bowdoinham Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) Ordinance be enacted that establishes a PACE program so that owners of qualifying property can access financing for energy saving improvements to their properties financed by funds awarded to the Efficiency Maine Trust under the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program and by other funds available for this purpose, and to enter into a contract with the Trust to administer functions of its PACE program?
Regular Meeting Minutes
Item 1: Call the meeting to order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:55 pm. All members were present – Chair Hobart, Selectperson Billings, and Selectperson Tourtelotte.
Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from September 28, 2010 & October 4, 2010 – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Tourtelotte moved to approve the minutes of September 28, 2010, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Selectperson Billings moved to approve the minutes of October 4, 2010 as amended, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 3: Comments from the Public
Dean Beckwith read aloud a letter that was published in the Kennebec Journal about “government”.
Albert Stehle stated that he would like to work with the town to have the invasive sumac trees removed from around the entrance to the Maxwell Cemetery and to have the wrought iron fence around the Harward Cemetery repaired. Public Works Director Kevin Prout commented that the public works crew was removing the sumac the next day. The manager expressed a desire to work on repairing the wrought iron fence.
Ed Ferranti commented that the recent road work by the town next to the Bowdoinham Community School was a very nice job.
Item 4: New Business
- Consideration to enter into one year property lease agreement with Taurus Systems, Inc. - Robert Bertulli, owner of Taurus Systems and Bowdoinham resident was in attendance. The Manager explained that Taurus Systems, Inc. had been a tenant of the Riverview Building for the past four years. The original eighteen month lease called for a monthly rental fee of $400/month with the tenant paying for all utilities except water. In May 2008 the lease was renewed for another eighteen months at $500/month. The lease expired in November 2009. Mr. Bertulli explained that he would like to renew the lease for a period of 12 months and to bring the rent back down to $400/month given the state of the economy. When asked, Mr. Bertulli explained that his company is bringing is less revenue as his company is in the process of creating a new product. Selectperson Billings moved to renew the lease with Taurus Systems, Inc. for twelve months at a rate of $450/month, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
2. Consideration to approve draft bylaws for Bowdoinham Biking, Walking & Paddling Paddling Committee – Brad Foley, Chair of the BWP Committee was in attendance. The Board reviewed the bylaws. Selectperson Billings pointed out that the proposed bylaws do not specify that changes to the bylaws need to be approved by the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Foley agreed that it was the BWP Committee’s intent that the Select Board approves all amendments. Selectperson Billings moved to approve the BWP Committee’s bylaws with the amended language, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
3. Consideration to close Curtis Farm Road to all traffic on November 6 & 7, 2010 for Road Work to be completed by the Maine National Guard – Selectperson Tourtelotte moved to close Curtis Farm Road to all traffic on November 6 & 7, 2010 for the Maine National Guard to complete road work, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 5: Old Business – There was no Old Business.
Item 6: Town Manager’s Report
- Millay Road – The Board discussed the condition of the pavement on upper Millay Road. The Town has received a price from Midcoast Paving for $95/ton and $100/ton from Crooker Construction. To complete the proposed area, the total cost at the $95/ton price will cost approximately $19,000. Selectperson Tourtelotte moved to authorize the paving of Millay Road for $95/ton with an estimated cost of $19,000, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
- Expenses and Revenues – The Manager provided the revenues and expenses to date (25%) of the fiscal year.
- Road Simplification Update – According to Peter Coughlin of MDOT, there are no plans to reclassify the collectors in Bowdoinham which is good news for Bowdoinham. He also reports that the proposal is passed, it will “take years to implement”.
Item 7: Consent Items -
A. Assessing Agent Property Tax Abatements & Supplements for the following:
Abatements for FY2011
#6 Dunn, Marshall, 616 White Road, R03-034 - acreage correction - $34.04 – Selectperson Billings moved to approve Abatement #6 for $34.04, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
#7 Sullivan, John & Jessica, 19 Railroad Street, Personal property – Incorrect Assessment on Tractor - $54.76 – Selectperson Billings moved to approve Abatement #7 for $54.76, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
#8 Graviett, Terry D & Elaine D, 8 Back Hill Road, U01-091 – Old garage torn down in August 2009 and not removed from taxes - $104.76 – Selectperson Billings moved to approve Abatement #8 for $104.76, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor
Item 8: Consideration of FY10 Treasurer’s Warrant #18 – Accounts Payable: $331,432.63
Payroll: $ 17,366.60
Warrant Total $348,799.23
The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrant #18. Selectperson Billings moved to approve Warrant #18, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Item 9: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (October 12, 2010) –
Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events
- October 18 @ 6:30 pm – Energy Meeting – Coombs Municipal Building
- October 19 @ 6:30 pm – Community Development Advisory Meeting
- October 21 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Committee
- October 26 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
Item 11: Adjourn – The Chair adjourned the meeting at 7:42 pm.