2012-11-27 Select Board Meeting MInutes

MINUTES

Town of Bowdoinham

Select Board Meeting

November 27, 2012 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, Kathy Gallant, Kathy Tome and Douglas Tourtelotte were present.  Staff present included Town Manager William Post, Assessors’ Agent Ron Beal, and Assessing Clerk Dotty Baker.  George Christopher was also present.

 

2.         Amendments to the Agenda – None

 

3.         Approve Consent Calendar

            A.  Regular Meeting Minutes of November 13, 2012

           

On motion of Tourtelotte/Tome, the Board voted 4 – 0 -1 (Gallant abstained) to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 13, 2012.

 

            B.   Warrants & Financial Reports:

                  1.   Treasurer’s Warrant #28 for $44,938.91

                  2.   October Financial Report

           

            On motion of Turgeon/Tourtelotte, the Board voted 5 – 0 to approve the consent                       calendar as presented.

 

4.         Action Items

           

  1. Act on Tax Abatement #10 for Kevin O’Farrell in the amount of $226.24

 

            Assessors’ Agent Ron Beal stated that this abatement is more complicated than most. The owner asked for a reduction in assessed value in the amount of $75,000. He argued that the house and the attached garage should not be assessed with an “A” grade and that the buildings were unfinished. The owner also stated that the second detached garage was not two stories high. Beal reviewed the property and changed the finished value to 95% finished from 100%. Beal then compared the height of the second garage to others in town and found the height to be the same as other two-story garages. Therefore he did not change the assessment for the second garage. The recommend abatement for the house and attached garage is $226.24, a reduction in assessed value of $14,983.

 

On motion of Tourtelotte/Tome, the Board voted 5 – 0 to approve Tax Abatement #10 for Kevin O’Farrell in the amount of $226.24.

 

B.         Act on Newsletter Policy

 

The Manager stated that the policy was reviewed by the Town’s attorney. She made a few corrections and these were included in the draft copy. Her suggestions were to address issues regarding acceptable content and associated freedom of expression issues.

 

On motion of Tourtelotte/Gallant, the Board voted 5 – 0 to approve the Newsletter Policy as presented.

 

C.        Act on Agreement by and between the Town and Wright Pierce

 

The Manager stated that the Town has received a $10,000 Planning Grant to plan restrooms and a pump-out facility for the Mailly Waterfront Park. Planning and Development Director Nicole Briand and the Manager recommend that the Town contract with Wright Pierce for the project as they have designed several of these types of facilities and are acceptable to the State.

 

On motion of Tourtelotte/Turgeon, the Board voted 5 – 0 to approve the Agreement by and between the Town and Wright-Pierce for Planning Services.

 

D.        Act on Appointment of Wendy Rose to the Community Development Advisory Committee

 

The Manager stated that Wendy Rose has expressed interest in serving on the CDAC. She has work experience in economic development.  

 

On motion of Gallant/Tome, the Board voted 5 – 0 to appoint Wendy Rose to the Community Development Advisory Committee for a term ending June 30, 2015.

 

5.         Discussion Items

 

  1. December 25th Regular Meeting (reschedule or cancel?)

 

By consensus, the Board agreed to cancel the regular meeting scheduled for December 25th.

           

6.         Town Manager’s Report

 

The Manager stated that Darren Carey will be sworn in as a United Stated citizen on December 7th.

 

The Board members are invited to the town office on December 5th at noon to thank Brooke Cox for her work over the last six years as Recreation Director. 

 

The next meeting will include a presentation by the Smith and Associates of the audit for the last fiscal year. The Manager handed out copies of the audit report for each member to review.

 

7.         Selectperson’s Requests for Agenda Items for Next Meeting – None

8.         Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

 

A.  Select Board Meetings

1.  December 11th – Regular Meeting

2.  January 8th – Regular Meeting

            B.   Information Night re: Creation of Food Pantry November 29th, 6:00 p.m. Community School

            C.  Holiday Tree Lighting November 30th 5:30 p.m. Coombs Building

 

9.         Comments from Select Board Members

 

            Select Board member Turgeon stated that she attended the Thanksgiving meal at the Fire Station and was very impressed. She stated that some volunteers showed up to help from another town.  

 

            Chair Hobart stated that he received a various positive comment about the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. The individual stated how impressed he was with the auxiliary because they have not lost track of their original mission of supporting the firefighters.

 

10.       Comments from the Public – None

           

11.       Executive Session

 

            A.  Convene in Executive Session pursuant to M.R.S. §406-6E to discuss a legal matter.

 

            On motion of Gallant/Turgeon, the Board voted 5 – 0 to convene in Executive Session pursuant to M.R.S. §406-6E to discuss a legal matter at 5:55 p.m.

 

            On motion of Tourtelotte/Tome, the Board voted 5 – 0 to reconvene in regular session at 5:59 p.m.

 

            There was no action taken.

 

12.       Adjourn

 

            The meeting adjourned by acclamation at 6:00 p.m.

 

Select Board

Town of Bowdoinham, Maine  

Brian Hobart, Chair

 M. Theresa Turgeon, Vice-Chair

Kathleen Gallant

Kathy Tome

Douglas Tourtelotte

Respectfully Submitted,

 William S. Post, Town Manager