2007-12-10 Select Board Meeting Minutes

Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
December 10, 2007


Residents Present: George Christopher, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager
Property owners/Non Residents: Alex & Janet Porter
Non Resident: Nicole Briand, Town Planner & CEO

Item 1: Call the regular meeting to order – Chair Dorr called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. All members were present: Chair Dorr, Selectperson Ciembroniewicz, and Selectperson Whittlesey

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from November 20, 2007 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Selectperson Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 3: Comments from the Public – There were no comments from the public.

Item 4: New Business:

A. Consideration of abatement request for Alex & Janet Porter, Tax Map R10, Lot024 – Alex and Janet Porter were in attendance to request that the Select Board review the valuation of their property located on Brown’s Point Road. They explained that they had submitted a request to Jim Phillips to lower the valuation of the property based on the valuations of neighboring waterfront properties. Mr. Phillips denied their request and they are appealing the denial to the Select Board. They assert that the value of $322,000 for 2 acres of land is excessive as they are not able to subdivide the land or build additional structures since it is in Resource Protection. They are asking that the Select Board review the valuations of the surrounding waterfront properties to determine if the formulas used by the Town’s Assessor are applied in a fair and consistent manner. The Board took no action – It will review the appeal further and make a decision at a subsequent meeting.

B. Approval of January 8, 2008 Special Town Meeting Warrant – The Board reviewed and executed the warrant.

Item 5: Town Manager’s Report

A. Solid Waste Study Committee – The Town Manager reported on the Solid Waste Study Committee’s first meeting. The Committee has scheduled to tour the Recycling Barn on January 12th at 9 am. The Select Board is invited.

B. Maine Power Reliability Program – The Town Manager gave a report on the meeting that she and Nicole Briand, Town Planner had attended on December 9th at the old Brunswick High School. The purpose of the meeting, conducted by Kay Rand and Susan Bell, representatives from the Government Relations Department of the law firm of Bernstein and Shur, was to explain the findings from the Maine Power Reliability Program study. According to Ms. Rand and Ms. Bell, the study showed that in order for Central Maine Power to meet the power demands expected in the year 2017, a significant upgrade to some of the existing power lines would have to occur. One such area is the line that extends over Merrymeeting Bay from Bowdoinham to Woolwich. Currently, one tower supports two lines and the plan is to build additional towers along side the existing towers in order to split the lines. The Manager and Planner will keep the Select Board informed of the proposed plans. .

Item 6: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (January 8, 2008) – Special Town Meeting

Item 7: Consent Items

A. Property Tax Abatement:

1. Martin & Boucher LLC, 28 Cornerstone Drive, Bowdoin, Me. Tax Map R04, Lot 022 -$683.10 – Common Area Lot

The Board reviewed the abatement request. Since the Assessor did not provide a recommendation or opinion on this request, the Board tabled the abatement pending further discussion with the Assessor.

2. Martin & Boucher, LLC, 28 Cornerstone Drive, Bowdoin, Me. Tax Map R04, Lot 022- 003 - $76.85 - Topography of Lot frontage

Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve the abatement, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 8: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #22, #23, & #24. The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrants.

Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #22, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #23, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #24, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 9: Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405 (6)(A)
to discuss a personnel matter
Selectperson Whittlesey moved to enter into Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter, seconded by Selectperson Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to exit from Executive Session, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. There were no decisions or actions taken during the executive session.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

· December 21 @ 12:30 pm – Employee/Select Board Holiday Party
· January 8 @ 5:30 pm – Select Board meeting
· January 8 @ 7:00 pm – Special Town meeting
· January 10 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Committee meeting
· January 16 @6:30 pm – Solid Waste Study Committee meeting

Item 11: Adjournment – Chair Dorr adjourned the meeting at 8:45 pm