2008-01-22 Select Board Meeting Minutes

Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
January 22, 2008


Residents in Attendance: George Christopher, Mary Stride, Dotty Baker, Ben Long, Peter Feeney, Todd Woofenden, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager


Item 1: Call the meeting to order - Chair Dorr called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm. Members present: Chair Dorr, and Selectperson Ciembroniewicz. Absent: Selectperson Whittlesey

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from January 8, 2008 meeting - The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

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

Item 4: Consent Items

1. Consideration to appoint Mary Stride to the Biking, Walking, Paddling Group from January 22, 2008 to June 30, 2011. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to appoint Mary Stride to the Biking, Walking, Paddling Group from January 22, 2008 through June 30, 2011, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 5: New Business

1. Land Use Planning Committee Update - Todd Woofenden, Chair of the Committee updated the Board on the group's progress. He reported that the State has extended the deadline for municipalities to update their Shore Land District ordinance from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2009. The Committee plans to present for consideration an updated Site Plan Review Ordinance at the Annual Town Meeting in June. The subcommittees established thus far include: Shore Land, Site Plan, Residential/Agriculture and Village District.

2. Consideration to join the Cool Communities Initiative by signing the Governor's Carbon Challenge and the US Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement: pledging to reduce global warming by reducing carbon emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2012. The town manager recommended to the Board that it join the Cool Communities initiative by signing the Governor's Carbon Challenge and the US Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement. She explained that by signing the agreements, the town was pledging to reduce its carbon emissions to 7 percent below its 1990 levels by the year 2012. She cited the Maine towns that have joined the initiative and stated that by doing so, the town would receive technical assistance from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Innovation. Peter Feeney and Ben Long, members of the Bowdoinham Area for Sustainable Energy (BASE) group, were in attendance to support the initiative. Mr. Feeney stated that it was a positive step for the town for economic and environmental reasons. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz reported that Selectperson Whittlesey, who was unable to attend this meeting, had stated at the January 8th meeting that he was in favor of the Board signing the agreements. Chair Dorr asked that there be an opportunity for the citizens to participate and learn more about the initiative. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to sign the Governor's Carbon Challenge and the US Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement because it was in the best interest of the town for economic and environmental reasons, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

3. Meeting with Mt. Ararat Middle School students regarding establishing a teen center - Though there were no students in attendance, the Board discussed possible options for a teen center. Chair Dorr will call the students who had expressed an interest in a teen center to see if they were still interested.

Item 6: Town Manager's Report - Kathy Durgin-Leighton

1. The town manager reported that Durward Parkinson, Attorney at Law, was working with the Code Enforcement Officer as Special Counsel regarding Code Violations.

2. The town manager reported that the Department Heads are preparing draft budgets to present to the Finance Advisory Board for FY 2009.

3. General Assistance - The town manager reported that requests for general assistance has increased this year as compared to the same time last year.

Item 7: Selectperson's Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (February 5, 2008)

Item 8: Consideration of Treasurer's Warrants #29 & #30. The Board reviewed the Treasurer's Warrants.

Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Warrant #29, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Selectperson Ciembroniewicz moved to approve Warrant #30, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 9: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

  • January 24 @ 7:00 pm - Planning Board Meeting
  • January 28 @ 6:30 pm - Biking, Walking, Paddling Group - Transportation Vision
  • January 30 @ 6:30 pm - Solid Waste Study Committee
  • January 31 @ 6:30 pm - Finance Committee Meeting - Public Works Budget
  • January 31 @ 6:30 pm - Residential/ Agriculture Subcommittee
  •  February 7 @ 6:30 pm - Shoreland Zoning Subcommittee Meeting - Steve Walker presenter
  • February 13 @ 6:30 pm - Land Use Meeting - Laura Sewall from Kennebec Estuary Collaborative presenter

Item 10: Adjournment - Chair Dorr adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm.