2008-10-28 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
October 28, 2008

Public Hearing: To consider the adoption of the revised Maine Municipal Model General Assistance Ordinance – Appendix A-C for the period of October 1, 2008 – October 1, 2009 as well as Appendix F (Maximum for Personal Care and Household Supplies), as revised September 2008. These appendices are filed with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in compliance with Title 22 M.R.S.A. §4305(4).

Residents in attendance: George Christopher, Dorothy Baker, Stephen Ciembroniewicz, Select Board Chair, Selectperson Wayne Dorr, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager
Non resident in attendance: Tom Reeves, Mainewatch Institute

Chair Ciembroniewicz called the Public Hearing to open at 6:30 pm. Kathy Durgin-Leighton, Town Manager provided an explanation of the changes to the Maine Municipal Model General Assistance Ordinance – Appendix A-C. Seeing that there were no questions from the public, Chair Ciembroniewicz asked for a motion to close the public hearing. Selectperson Dorr moved to close the public hearing, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 1: Call the meeting to order – Chair Ciembroniewicz called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm. Chair Ciembroniewicz and Selectperson Dorr were in attendance.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from October 14, 2008 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the minutes as written, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

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

Item 4: New Business

A. Map Presentation - Rediscovering Forgotten Assets – Trails for the 21st Century – Tom Reeves, Program Manager of Mainewatch Institute. Tom Reeves presented to the Board a map of Bowdoinham entitled, “Rediscovering Forgotten Assets – Trails for the 21st Century”. The map is part of two year project funded by the Mainewatch Institute to assist towns in identifying and developing off-road walking and biking areas to increase physical activity while providing a connection to the natural environment. Mr. Reeves researched and mapped an area that included 14 towns and presented each individual town with a map as well as a regional map. The maps are designed for planning purposes and are not meant to be a public guide for walking and biking trails. The maps will be useful for envisioning potential corridors and connections within the region. The Board thanked Mr. Reeves for including the Town of Bowdoinham in the overall project and expressed enthusiasm for the using the map for future planning.

B. General Assistance Ordinance – to consider adoption of 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 – Selectperson Dorr moved to adopt the revised MMA Model Ordinance GA Appendices (A-C for the period of October 1, 2008 – October 1, 2009 and Appendix F as revised September 2008, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 5: Old Business – There was no old business

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report

1. Letter from FCR recycling – The manager shared a letter from FCR Recycling regarding the pricing downturn for recycling commodities. In some cases, prices are down over 100% from September 2007 prices. The manager reported that if prices remain down, it is unlikely that the town will reach its revenue projections for recycled materials.

2. Economic development grant to extend phase 3 power & public water to Pond Road – The manager reported that representatives from the Town of Bowdoinham, MSAD 75, Bowdoinham Water District, and FHC, Inc. met on October 22 with Midcoast Council for Business Development and Planning regarding the application of a federal economic development grant to extend phase 3 power and public water to Pond Road, Route 125 and Route 201. This was a preliminary meeting. All parties expressed an interest in pursuing further. Participation from the Town of Bowdoin is essential. Since no representative from Bowdoin attended the meeting, contact will be made with the Bowdoin Select Board to determine its level of interest.

3. Meeting with Second Baptist Church regarding Senior Center – The manager reported that she and Brooke Cox met with Pastor John Stratton and Steve Reed from the Second Baptist Church on October 24 to discuss the possibility of starting a senior center at the church. A follow-up meeting is scheduled with other interested persons to begin the planning of a center along with senior programming.

4. Brunswick/MSAD 75 Committee to discuss ways to combine services and save money – The manager reported that Andrea Najarian, former Bowdoinham MSAD 75 School Board Representative, has agreed to serve on this committee. The manager recommended that the Board approve the appointment to the committee. Selectperson Dorr moved to appoint Andrea Najarian to the ad hoc Brunswick/MSAD 75 Committee, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

5. Update from Joanne Reinhart – The manager presented information from Ms. Reinhart, Bowdoinham’s MSAD 75 School Board representative, in response to the Board’s questions at its September 23, 2008 meeting. Data on staff/student ratio numbers, data on administrator/student ratio numbers as well as fuel bid numbers were provided. The District budgeted $3.50 for diesel and received a fixed price of $3.68. It budgeted $4.00 for #2 fuel and locked in at $3.42. There are only 3 schools in the District that use #2 fuel. Several schools are now being retrofitted for propane which is locked in at $2.37.

6. Consideration of Election Officials – The manager submitted the list of the November 4 election workers. No action was required.

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (November 11, 2008)

Item 8: Consent Items – There were no consent items.

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #18 – The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrant #18. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Warrant #18, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• November 4 – Election Day - 8 am to 8 pm
• November 13 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Committee Meeting

Item 11: Adjournment – Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 8:35 pm.