2008-07-29 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
July 29, 2008


Residents Present: George Christopher, Gail Billington, Dan Billings, & Kathy Durgin-Leighton
Non residents: Nicole Briand, Code Enforcement Officer/Town Planner, Allie Vigue


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

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from July 15, 2008 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. 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. Tax Commitment FY09 – The Board reviewed the Tax Commitment with the tax rate set at 14.8. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to set the rate at 14.8, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor. The Board signed the Tax Commitment with the tax rate set at 14.8.
B. Fuel Fund Budget – Tabled to next meeting.
C. Select Board meeting schedule – Selectperson Dorr asked his fellow board members if the meeting times could change to 6:30 pm. The Board agreed that the time for all future meetings would change to 6:30 pm giving Board members and staff an opportunity to dine before the meeting and/or drive home from work!

Item 5: Old Business

A. Dangerous Buildings update – Nicole Briand, CEO/Planner briefed the Board on the status of 3 buildings considered dangerous: 1032 Post Road, 1230 Post Road, and 791 White Road. The owners of 1032 Post Road have found a contractor who will take the building down by the end of August. The owners of 1230 Post Road will have a contractor dismantle the building but would like to remove the debris themselves. Ms. Briand has advised the homeowner that the debris will have to be removed or risk being in violation of the junkyard law. The owners of 791 White Road have not responded to the letter. The Board moved to conduct an onsite hearing at 791 White Road on Monday, August 25th at 6:00 pm.
B. Maine Power Reliability Program update – Nicole Briand updated the Board on the Program and reported that the Town has requested to be an intervener to the PUC. The Board asked that Representative Seth Berry attend its next meeting to discuss the Program.
C. Messer’s Junkyard update – Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager briefed the Board on her conversations with the Town’s Attorney, Danielle West-Chuhta regarding the Motion to Modify the Agreement in order to have the three remaining trailers and remaining debris removed from the property. Gail Billington and Allie Vigue were in attendance and discussed the Motion with the Board. The Board agreed to extend the cleanup deadline to September 10, 2008 and to take the railroad ties and poles off the list of the items needed to clean up.
D. Maine Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Committee Vote – Selectperson Dorr moved to vote for William Giroux and Pamela Hile to the MMA’s Legislative Policy Committee, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
E. Check Acceptance Policy – The Board reviewed the policy. Selectperson Whittlesey stated that it is important that the information is updated periodically so that no one is kept on the check delinquent list after the one year suspension. Selectperson Dorr moved to accept the Check Acceptance Policy, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
F. Anti Idling Policy – The Board reviewed the policy. Selectperson Dorr moved to accept the Anti Idling Policy, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 6: Town Manager Report – Kathy Durgin-Leighton

A. Banking Services – The Town Manager briefed the Board on her meetings with Maine Bank & Trust and Androscoggin Bank. After discussion, Selectperson Whittlesey moved to instruct the Town Manager to continue her work toward transferring the Town’s banking to Androscoggin Bank from Maine Bank & Trust, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor. (Selectperson Dorr abstained as he is a customer of Androscoggin Bank.)

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (August 12, 2008) – Home Heating Assistance, Update on Paving, Celebrate Bowdoinham

Item 8: Consent Items

A. Consideration to Appoint Todd Woofenden to Regular Planning Board Member to fill the vacancy left by Kay Evans for the term beginning July 29, 2008 through June 30, 2009. Selectperson Dorr moved to appoint Todd Woofenden to Regular Planning Board Member from July 29, 2008 to June 30, 2009, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
B. Assessor’s Request for Supplemental Tax for FY08 - Millay, James K., R04 Lot 059-B Tree Growth Withdrawal Penalty – 20 acres failed to renew - $2,480.00 Selectperson Whittlesey moved to approve the Supplemental Tax for James K. Millay for $2,480.00, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #8, #9. The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrants. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant # 8, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant # 9, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

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

Item 11: Adjournment – Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 8:00 p.m.