2008-10-14 Select Board Meeting Minutes

Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes Select Board Meeting
October 14, 2008

Residents in Attendance: George Christopher, Dotty Baker, Kathy Durgin-Leighton

Item 1: Call the meeting to order – Chair Ciembroniewicz 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 September 23, 2008 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes.
Selectperson Whittlesey moved to approve the minutes as written, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 3: Comments from the Public – Mr. George Christopher offered to give a presentation to the Board regarding rules and regulations of manure and sludge handling. The Board accepted the offer for its November 11th meeting.

Item 4: New Business

A. General Assistance Ordinance – schedule public hearing to adopt the MMA Model Ordinance GA Appendices (A-C for the period of October 1, 2008 – October 1, 2009 and Appendix F (Maximum for Personal Care & Household Supplies) as revised September 2008 – The Board scheduled the public hearing for October 28, 2008 at 6:30 pm. Notices will be posted.

Item 5: Old Business – There was no old business.

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report

A. Excise Tax – First Quarter report – The manager reported that excise taxes are down from this same time last year by $3,316. The month of August was down by $5,615 however a stronger July and September helped to make up for the August loss. She reported that since the excise taxes were projected to be at $21,969 less from the amount received last year, the town should be within its projected goal.

B. Revenues & Expenses – First Quarter report – The manager submitted a report on the revenues and expenses for the first quarter. Both revenues and expenses are as anticipated for the first quarter.

C. Celebrate Bowdoinham financial report – The manager gave a report on the expenses and revenues to date. There are still some outstanding invoices.

D. Federal Economic Development Grant –The manager reported that Midcoast Council for Business Development and Planning and representatives from the Town of Bowdoinham, Town of Bowdoin, MSAD 75, FHC, Inc., Hilltop Log Homes and the Bowdoinham Water District will be meeting on October 22 at 4 pm to investigate the possibility of applying for a Federal Economic Development grant to extend the public water system and phase 3 power along Pond Road, to FHC, and Rt 201 to Rt 125. This is an exploratory meeting to determine the level of interest.

E. MSAD 75 and the Brunswick School Department will be meeting to discuss ways to combine services in an attempt to save money as well as to expand opportunities for students. A committee will be formed with representatives from both school boards as well as community representatives. A community representative from Bowdoinham is needed. Mike Wilhelm, SAD 75 Superintendent, has asked the Board to appoint a member to this committee. The committee will meet 5 or 6 times once a month. Selectperson Dorr stated that he has received notice that the EPS funding will be frozen for two years at last year’s levels. Given this news, emphasis will be needed on cost saving measures. The Board will solicit a volunteer to serve on the committee.

F. Home Heating Assistance – The manager reported that the following funds have been raised for the Home Heating Assistance program:

Individual donations, change jars, etc. 739.36
Bottle Drives 566.05
Celebrate Bowdoinham 161.00
Auction at Celebrate Bowdoinham 2,411.00
Bean Supper 845.70
Baptist Church (Mission Committee) 500.00

Total $5,223.11

G. Assessing Update – The Board requests a report from the Assessing Agent, Jim Phillips by November 11, 2008 on the number of abatement requests and amount of each request that were a result of the acreage changes on this year’s property tax bills.

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (October 28, 2008)

Item 8: Consent Items

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

Christy L. Farris, 1269 River Road, R12-008-A, $457.32 - Inspected 9/22/08 – Major incomplete construction on second floor. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to approve the abatement to Christy Farris for $457.32, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #17 – The Board reviewed the warrant. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve treasurer’s warrant #17, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• October 16 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting
• October 25 Rabies Clinic - 9 am – 12 noon @ Town Hall
• October 28 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board meeting

Item 11: Adjournment - Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 7:40 pm