2008-08-26 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
August 26, 2008


Residents in attendance: George Christopher, Darragh Ferranti, Chris Jackson, Garry Hensley, Daniel Billings, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager

Non resident - Nicole Briand, CEO/Planner

Item 1: Call the meeting to order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. All members were present: Chair Ciembroniewicz, Selectperson Dorr, and Selectperson Whittlesey.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from August 15, 2008 meeting - The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Dorr moved to accept the minutes as written, 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. Meeting with Darragh Ferranti and Chris Jackson for consideration of appointment to Finance Advisory Committee – The Board met with both Ms. Ferranti and Mr. Jackson regarding appointments to the Finance Advisory Committee. After a discussion regarding the role of the Finance Advisory Committee and what both Ms. Ferranti and Mr. Jackson would offer the Committee, the Board made the following motions.

Selectperson Dorr moved to appoint Darragh Ferranti to the Finance Advisory Committee effective August 26, 2008 through June 30, 2011, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Selectperson Whittlesey moved to appoint Christopher Jackson to the Finance Advisory Committee effective August 26, 2008 through June 30, 2011, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

B. Meeting with Garry Hensley for consideration of appointment to Planning Board as an Alternate Member - The Board met with Mr. Hensley regarding his interest in the appointment to the Planning Board. Mr. Hensley has had experience with the Planning Board as an applicant for approval of a cell phone tower on his land. He was impressed with the Planning Board and would like an opportunity to participate as a member. There is one other resident who is interested in the position. The Board decided to table the appointment until after it has the opportunity to meet with the other candidate at the next Board meeting on September 9, 2008.

C. Consideration to renew contract with North East Mobile Health Services for a three year period effective July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011 to provide paramedic level emergency care and transportation to the Town of Bowdoinham – The Board reviewed the terms of the contract. The contract is for a three year period at the rate of $2,500/year. Selectperson Dorr moved to accept the contract with North East Mobile Health Services, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

D. Municipal Valuation Return – The Board had a number of questions regarding the information contained in the Return. It was decided to table approval of the Return and invite Jim Phillips, the Assessing Agent, to the Board’s next meeting to discuss the Return and to help answer the Board’s questions. The Return is due to the State by November 1, 2008.

Item 5: Old Business

A. Dangerous Buildings Update – Nicole Briand, CEO/Planner – The Board discussed the condition of the building located on the 791 White Road, a former chicken barn. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to instruct the Code Enforcement Officer to prepare findings ordering Mr. & Mrs. Laroche to bring the barn found to be unsafe by the Board of Selectpersons into compliance by December 1, 2008, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Also, the Board requested that Tony Cox, Community & Economic Development Director, contact Farmland Trust to offer assistance in the Trust’s efforts to lease the land for farming.

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report

1. New England Organics will begin stockpiling sludge from Lewiston Sewer District on the Oakes’ property located on the White Road (R05-017). The spreading will take place after Labor Day.
2. Acreage Discrepancies – Many tax payers saw a difference on their tax bills on the amount of acreage assessed. This is due to the Assessing Agent, Jim Phillips changing the acreage to the GIS acreage as determined by Spatial Alternatives.
3. Speed Zone Requests – You may recall that last October we submitted a request to the DOT to conduct a Speed Zone Review on 13 of our non-posted public roads. The following limits have been set as a result of the review:

Abbagaddasset Road 35 mph
Brown’s Point Road 45 mph for 2.8 miles; 25 mph for .3 miles
Carding Machine Road 35 mph
Center’s Point Road 40 mph
Millay Road 40 mph
Pork Point Road 35 mph
School Street 25 mph
South Pleasant Street 30 mph
Wallentine Road 45 mph
Spring Street 25 mph
Back Hill Road 25 mph

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (September 9, 2008)

Item 8: Consent Items

A. Assessing Agent Property Tax Abatement requests for the following:

1. Berry, Bruce & Melody, 57 Muddy Rudder Lane, R06-026-001, $3,996.00 – Key Punch Error – Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for Bruce and Melody Berry for $3,996.00, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

2. Ross, Pauline, 742 Ridge Road, R03-026, $78.44 – wrong acreage -Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for Pauline Ross for $78.44, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

3. Soloman, Howard, Back Hill Road, U01-096, $3,867.24 – Key Punch Error - Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for Howard Soloman for $3,867.24, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

4. Blake, Bradford & Marla, Abbagadassett Road, R07—013-A, $222.00 – No buildings on the Lot – Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for Bradford and Marla Blake for $222.00, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

5. Chattley, James B & Helen, 167 White Road, R06-012, $5,008.32 – Key Punch Error - Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for James & Helen Chattley for $5,008.32, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

6. Hooper, Levi, 266 Carding Machine Road, R06-039-ON, $91.76 – Burned Mobile Home, Tax Acquired - Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for Levi Hooper for $91.77, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

7. Clark, Ann, Ridge Road, R04-026, $51.80 – Tax Acquired - Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement for Ann Clark for $51.80, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Given the number of abatements resulting from key punch errors, the Board requested that the Assessing Agent, Jim Phillips, review the acreages of all parcels for accuracy.

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #12, payroll 8/14/2008 The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrants.

Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #12, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Treasurer’s Payroll Warrant 8/14/2008, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events -

• September 9 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
• September 12 & 13 – Celebrate Bowdoinham

Item 11: Adjournment - Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 9:10 pm