2010-12-21 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Select Board
Regular Meeting Minutes
December 21, 2010

Dick Leighton, Darragh Ferranti, Ed Ferranti, Bruce Ross, Kevin Prout, Matt Ross, Pam Ross, Mark Favreau, Stewart Burrell, Dotty Baker

Item 1:  Call the meeting to order – Chair Hobart called the meeting to order. All members were present:  Chair Hobart, Selectperson Billings, and Selectperson Tourtelotte.

Item 2:  Consideration of the minutes from December 7, 2010 – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Tourtelotte moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 3:  Comments from the Public – Selectperson Dan Billings stated that he had received a letter from the Maine Overseers of the Bar that Chairman Hobart had submitted a formal grievance alleging that Mr. Billings’ letter to the Times Record was an attempt to do serious harm to Chair Hobart’s standing in the community. Selectperson Billings stated that this grievance was filed three days before the last Select board meeting in which Chair Hobart had asked that the community give peace a chance given that it was the holiday season. Selectperson Billings stated that this “illustrates the hypocrisy of Chair Hobart’s statement” and that by making a grievance to the Maine Overseers of the Bar it was an attempt to have Selectperson Billings’ professionally sanctioned. Selectperson Billings stated that Chair Hobart’s actions were, in his opinion, an attempt to silence Selectperson Billings and the Chair’s attempt to do business behind closed doors.  Chair Hobart responded that Billings’ letter to the Times Record was personal and that he would not have done it to his worst enemy.

Resident Darragh Ferranti asked Chair Hobart for an explanation regarding his actions in asking the town manager for her resignation. Chair Hobart responded that the town manager’s notes summarizing the conversation in her office between he and the manager were “accurate to the letter” and he sees now that his intentions were misinterpreted.

Item 4:  New Business

a) FY10 Audit – Wayne Smith & Lori-Anne Wilson of Smith & Associates, CPA – (postponed until January 11, 2011)
b) Repair vinyl siding of Town Hall tower – The Board reviewed the proposal submited by MJF Enterprises. The estimate was as follows:
Materials - $162
Labor $720
Rental of 60’ lift - $600

The Manager stated that the town is able to rent a lift for less at $390. Selectperson Tourtelotte moved to approve the estimate as provided minus the cost of the lift and to use funds from the Town Hall Reserve account, seconded by Selectperson Billings. The vote was 3-0 in favor. 

c) Setting 2011 Regular Select Board Meetings – The Board approved the following meeting schedule:

January 11, 2011
February 1, 2011
February 15, 2011
March 8, 2011
March 22, 2011
April 12, 2011
April 26, 2011

Item 5:  Town Manager’s Report – The Manager reported on the meeting she had with Rob Prue of Pine Tree Engineering and Nicole Briand and Kevin Prout regarding Center Street construction plans. She reported that Pine Tree Engineering has completed its engineering of the stream crossing and are recommending a 5’ x 12’ precast concrete box culvert that will comply with the 100 year storm requirements. The cost of the culvert is approx. $30,000. Because of the size of the stream and the need for a NRPA permit, the placement of the culvert will need to be done between July 15 and October 2. The Board discussed the option of having the Public Works Department do some of the road work and subcontracting out the culvert work, etc. Selectperson Tourtelotte suggested that the Town send out to bid two options; one for the entire project, and one with the Public Works Department doing some of the work. Selectperson Billings agreed with this suggestion.

Item 6:  Consent Items - none

Item 7:  Consideration of FY10 Treasurer’s Warrant #29 – Accounts Payable: $228,576.57                   Payroll:                 $    3,151.83                       Warrant Total:      $257,335.59
The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrants #29 & #30. Selectperson Billings moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #29, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

      Warrant #30 – Accounts Payable:  $2,720.00

The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrants #29 & #30. Selectperson Billings moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #30, seconded by Selectperson Tourtelotte. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

 

Item 8:  Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (January 11, 2010) –

Lori-Anne Wilson & Wayne Smith of Smith & Associates

Item 9:  Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• December 24 – town office closed
• December 27 – town office closed
• December 31 – town office closed
• January 11 – Regular Select Board meeting
• January 18 – Workshop with Community Development Advisory Committee on fire station

Item 10:  Adjourn – Chair Hobart adjourned the meeting at 7:20 pm.