2011-05-24 Select Board Meeting Minutes

 

Town of Bowdoinham

Select Board Meeting

May 24, 2011 Minutes

 

 

Present: Brian Hobart, Doug Tourtelotte, Dan Billings and Don Gerrish

 

Item 1:  Call the Meeting to Order & Establishment of a Quorum

 

Item 2:  Amendments to the Agenda

 

Mr. Gerrish stated that he has not received the information regarding the Trust Funds or MMA Risk Management/Engineering Survey; the information should be in next week. 

 

Kevin Prout, Public Works Director is looking for the Board’s approval to sell a truck bumper.  Hobart stated that this would be added as Item 5.j.

 

Item 3:  Comments from the Public

 

Theresa Turgeon stated that the Cable/Internet Committee will be meeting with a Red Zone representative at their May 26th meeting.

 

Item 4:  Approval of May 10, 2011 Minutes

 

Tabled

 

Item 5:  New Business

 

  1. Update on County Assessment

 

            Billings stated that a new law will change the county assessment for Sagadahoc and Lincoln        Counties.  Sagadahoc County will have an increase of $180,000 for January 1, 2012, then an        additional $180,000 increase the following year.  The County is planning on passing $90,000       on to the municipalities, which will be a $5,293 increase for Bowdoinham.  Mr. Gerrish stated         that the budget has been amended to account for this increase, which will be coming out of   the overlay.

 

  1. Approval of 2011/2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant and Budget

 

            Billings made a motion to approve the Town Meeting Warrant and Budget.  Tourtelotte             seconded the motion and all voted in favor. 

 

            Billings made a motion to approve the referendum and election.  Tourtelotte seconded and all     voted in favor.

 

  1. Curtis Farm Roadproject – road closure and memo of agreement

 

            Tourtelotte made a motion to approve the closure of Curtis Farm Road from June 10th to

            June 24th.  Billings seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

 

            Billings made a motion to approve the agreement.  Tourtelotte seconded the motion and all        voted in favor.

 

 

  1. Merrymeeting Trail update

 

            Nicole Briand, Town Planner stated that the Feasibility Study for the Merrymeeting Trail is         almost complete and there will be a presentation on the Study on June 14th at 6:30pm at the   Topsham Town Hall.

 

            Mr. Gerrish stated that when he was the Town Manager for Brunswick the Town narrowly        approved the construction of the Androscoggin Bike-Ped Path.  But once the trail was            constructed the support for the project changed….”people love it.”

 

  1. Electrical upgrades for Town Hall –

 

      Community Development Advisory Committee is recommending that the Town pay for the        proposed electrical upgrades for the Town Hall from the TIF capital projects budget.  Billings    made a motion to approve up to $1,000 to complete the proposed upgrades.  Tourtelotte         seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

 

  1. ConnectME Grant

 

            The Board agreed not to pursue a ConnectME grant at this time.

 

            Mr. Gerrish stated that he met with Jay Somers of Comcast.  Mr. Somers stopped in the office because Comcast mailed notices of upgrades to about 500 Bowdoinham residents by mistake.      Mr. Somers also stated that Comcast would be willing to sign a new agreement with the Town          if the State model agreement was used.  When signing a new agreement the Town could ask for equipment to tape meetings or for an increase from 3 to 5% in the Town’s fee.

 

  1. Site Plan Review Application for David Santillo, LLC

 

            The Board agreed not to comment on this application at this time.

 

  1. Planning Board alternate member appointment (Daniel Stockford)

 

            Billings made a motion to appoint Daniel Stockford to the Planning Board.  Tourtelotte seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

 

  1. Updates– Don Gerrish

 

Sidewalk Project.  Nicole Briand stated that we have received our CE from the State, so now   we are working to obtain construction easements and finalize the documents for the State’s             approval.  We are looking at another 2-4 weeks before we go out to bid.

 

  1. Truck Bumper – Kevin Prout

 

            Billings made a motion to approve the sale of the truck bumper for $150.  Tourtelotte    seconded and all voted in favor.

 

 

 

Item 6:  Old Business/Pending Items

 

  1. Trust Funds - Tabled
  2. MMA Risk Management/Engineering Survey – Tabled

 

Item 7:  Consideration of FY11 Treasurer’s Warrant #55:    $57,782.04

 

Billingsmade a motion to approve FY11 Treasurer’s Warrant #55 for $57,782.04.  Tourtelotte seconded the motion and all voted in favor.

 

Item 8:  Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (June 14, 2011) –

 

The Board scheduled a meeting for June 2nd at 6:30pm to discuss the recycling barn.

 

Item 9:  Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

  • Selectmen’s Meetings –
  • June 14– Regular Meeting
  • June 28– Regular Meeting
  • Budget/Finance Meetings –
  • June 9 – FAC meets to discuss talking points for Town Meeting
  • June 15 – Town Meeting

 

Item 10:  Executive Session

 

Billingsmade a motion to enter into executive session.  Tourtelotte seconded and all voted in favor.

 

Item 11:  Adjourn

 

Respectfully submitted, Nicole Briand