2008-11-10 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
November 10, 2008

 

Residents present: 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 Whittlesey, and Selectperson Dorr.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from October 28, 2008 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the minutes, 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. Presentation on manure and sludge management – George Christopher – This item is tabled until December 9th meeting.
b. Review of acreage changes on parcel data – The Manager submitted information to the Board as provided by the Assessing Agent. The Board reviewed the material and requested further information before its next Board meeting. The Board requested that a spreadsheet be prepared detailing all of the parcels affected by the change in the acreages using the GIS data. The spreadsheet will show the change in acreage and corresponding taxes for each parcel, as well as the total change in acreage and tax dollars to the Town.
c. Consideration to Accept on behalf of Bowdoinham EMS gift of $450 from Eastern Star – Selectperson Whittlesey moved to accept the gift of $450, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

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

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report

1. Excise Taxes – The manager reported that the excise taxes collected in October dropped by $10,702 from the same period last year. The manager reported that excise taxes is one of many revenue sources that may come in at levels less than originally projected in the spring when the budget was prepared.
2. Update of Messer Junkyard – The manager reported that the Town’s attorney filed a Motion for Contempt on October 30, 2008. This motion was required in order to return to court to collect the penalties as well as recoup all attorney fees that have accumulated since the original June court ruling. As of this date, the Town has not received word on a court date.
3. Update on Old Fire station – The manager reported that Attorney Art Lamothe is making progress with the Palmer estate however has not heard back from the Pauling heirs since September 19th. The Board recommended that the Town Manager attempt to contact the Pauling heirs to keep the legal costs down.
4. Financial Picture – The manager reported that municipal revenue sharing will most likely come in under projections and certainly recycling revenue and interest income as well. She recommended that the Town reduce its expenditures now to prepare for the decrease in revenues. She is considering not filling the 20 hour clerk position in the town office. She reported that income from recyclable materials has drastically fallen. For instance the town was receiving $76/ton for mixed paper in September ’07, and it currently PAYS $30/ton to dispose of it. Additionally, the Town was receiving $101/ton for newspaper, now it PAYS $20/ton to dispose of it. David Berry, the Solid Waste Manager and Beth Young of Pine Tree Waste, both confirmed that this is the most dramatic downturn in recycling prices that they have ever witnessed.
5. Recycling Barn - David is requesting that the floor to the east side of the Barn be repaired/replaced. He is proposing that he pay for the repair and that he recoup the cost by updating the lease for next year with an increase in the monthly lease. He believes that this is a good time to have the work done as the area has been cleared of material. He expressed a willingness to extend the lease of the Barn as well.

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (November 25, 2008) - Jim Phillips, Tax Assessing Agent

Item 8: Consent Items

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

1. Brackett, Irving H. Jr. & Donna L., 875 Ridge Road - $143.56 - 43.11 acres reduced to 31 acres. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to approve abatement of $143.56 for Irving & Donna Bracket, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.
2. MacDonald, Bonnie, 195 White Road - $275.28 – inspected 10/08/08 – major incomplete construction, call 50 percent complete, not 60 percent. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve abatement of $275.28 for Bonnie MacDonald, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #19 – The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrant. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to approve Warrant #19, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 10: Consideration to enter into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405 (6)(A) to discuss Personnel Matters – Selectperson Dorr moved to enter into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405 (6)(A) to discuss a Personnel Matter, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Selectperson Dorr moved to exit from executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405 (6)(A) to discuss a Personnel Matter, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. There was no action taken or decisions made in the Executive Session.

Item 11: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• November 11 – Town Office Closed
• November 13 @ 6:30 pm – LUPC timber harvesting/nutrient management public meeting
• November 13 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting
• November 25 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board meeting
• November 27 & 28 – Town Office Closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Item 12: Adjournment – The Chair adjourned the meeting at 9:05 pm