2008-07-15 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Selectperson’s Agenda
July 15, 2008


Residents Present: George Christopher, Tony Cox, Charles Lopez, Cindy Lamoreau

Non residents present: Nicole Briand, Deborah Elliot

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

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from June 24, 2008 meeting- The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to accept the minutes as amended, 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. Election of Chair – After a brief discussion, Selectperson Whittlesey moved to appoint Selectperson Ciembroniewicz to Chair, seconded by Chair Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Former Chair Dorr passed the gavel to newly appointed Chair Ciembroniewicz.
B. Dangerous Buildings – Nicole Briand, CEO/Town Planner. Ms. Briand explained the state statute in regard to Dangerous Buildings. There are three buildings in Bowdoinham that Nicole believes may fall into the Dangerous Buildings category. The authority to designate a building as dangerous is given to the municipal officers. Ms. Briand has sent a letter to the owners requesting that they contact her regarding their plans for the buildings. She is awaiting a response. If she does not receive a satisfactory response, she will request that the Board begin the procedures outlined in the Dangerous Building Statute by scheduling a hearing on-site to inspect the buildings.
C. Maine Power Reliability Program – Nicole Briand, CEO/Town Planner – Nicole briefed the Board on the Maine Power Reliability Program and its impact on the Town of Bowdoinham. The Program as it relates to Bowdoinham proposes to build new towers adjacent to the existing towers along the Right of Way on Brown’s Point Road, including across the Abagadasset River in order to separate the two 345kv lines that are currently located on the single tower. At this point in time we do not have any additional information regarding the project. The Town should petition to intervene to obtain more information and to have an opportunity to give input about the project as the project will be exempt from municipal review through the usual permitting process. The project will be exempt from the municipal permitting, including Shoreland Zoning due to a law that was passed by the legislature at the end of the last session. Selectperson Dorr asked if Representative Seth Berry could be invited to a future Board meeting to discuss the law that was passed. Nicole agreed to schedule the meeting with Seth. The Board voted to petition to intervene.

At 6:05 pm, Chair Ciembroniewicz asked for a motion to suspend the Regular Select Board meeting in order to have the Public Hearing on the designation of an additional 10 acres to Map U7, Lot 005 for inclusion in the Midcoast Military Redevelopment Zone pursuant to 30-A MRSA c. 206, Sub-c. 4. Selectperson Dorr moved to suspend the meeting for the Public Hearing, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. At 6:40 pm, after the conclusion of the Public Hearing, Chair Ciembroniewicz resumed the Regular Select Board meeting.

D. Consideration to To Designate an additional 10 acres to Map U7, Lot 005 for inclusion in the Midcoast Military Redevelopment Zone pursuant to 30-A MRSA c. 206, Sub-c. 4. After discussion Selectperson Dorr moved to approve an additional 10 acres to Map U7, Lot 005 for inclusion in the Midcoast Military Redevelopment Zone pursuant to 30-A MRSA c.206, Sub-c 4, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. The Board requested to receive regular and periodic updates from Tony Cox on the town’s Community & Economic Development activities.

E. Messer’s Junkyard – The Board scheduled a site walk at the former Messer junkyard, 780 Ridge Road for 8:30 am on July 25th.

Item 5: Town Manager Report

A. Update on loan agreements for Road Paving and Batchelder Bridge – The Manager briefed the Board on the proposal submitted by Maine Bank & Trust. The proposed interest rate is 4.5%. The Manager is soliciting rates from other banks and will report back to the Board at the July 29th meeting.
B. Old Fire Station Update – Attorney Art Lamothe is researching the issue and will report on his findings to the Board.
C. Sludge Spreading Update – The Manager briefed the Board on the sludge spreading schedule as provided by the Brunswick Sewer District. Selectperson Dorr asked to receive a report on the nasal ranger tests that were conducted during today’s spreading event. The Manager will request it from the Sewer District.
D. Review Proposed Check Acceptance Policy – The Board reviewed the proposed policy, offer changes to the wording and tabled it for the next meeting.
E. Review Proposed No Idling Policy – The Board reviewed the proposed policy. The Manager will ask the Department Heads to review the policy before the Board adopts it.
F. Legislative Policy Committee Ballot – Tabled until next meeting.
G. Ridge Road Church – The Manager reported that the Free Will Baptist Church located on Ridge Road has been included in the Maine Preservation’s list of “Maine’s Most Endangered Historic Properties of 2008”.

Item 6: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (July 29, 2008) – Change of meeting night or time, tax commitment, fuel fund assistance budget

Item 7: Consent Items

A. Assessor’s Request for Supplemental Tax for FY08 –John R. Bishop, IV, 2 White Road Lot R07, Map 063, Tree Growth Withdrawal Penalty - 116 Acres failed to renew – Notice Sent November 19, 2007 - $13,660 - Tabled as landowner is preparing the Tree Growth renewal application.

B. Assessor’s Request for Tax Abatement for FY08 – Shawn Lamoreau, R06 Lot 40-B, dilapidated home, $1,036.36 – The Board reviewed the request which is beyond the 180 days allowed after the tax commitment for FY08. At this time, the Board sees no reason to grant the abatement over the 180 day timeframe.

Item 8: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #3, #4, Payroll 7/15/08 - The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrants.
Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Warrant #3, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Warrant #4, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Payroll Warrant 7/15/2008, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 9: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• July 29 @ 5:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
• August 12 @ 5:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
• August 26 @ 5:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
• September 13 – Celebrate Bowdoinham

Item 10: Adjournment – Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 9:25 pm.