2009-01-13 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Select Board Meeting Minutes
January 13, 2009


Residents in attendance: Todd Woofenden, Tony Cox, George Christopher, Dan Billings & Kathy Durgin-Leighton
Non residents: Ms. Briand Briand, CEO/Planner


Item 1: Call the meeting to order – The Chair called the meeting to order. Members present:. Chair Ciembroniewicz, and Selectperson Whittlesey.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from December 30, 2008 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to accept the minutes, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

(Selectperson Dorr arrived to the meeting)

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

Item 4: New Business

A. LUPC update – Todd Woofenden, Chair of the Land Use Planning Committee updated the Board on the Committee’s work. The Committee’s objective is to have a land use ordinance with a district plan. The committee expects to present for consideration at the 2009 June Annual Town Meeting a revised and updated land use ordinance that includes a districting plan. However, specific components of the districting may remain for future consideration. Also, remaining are the definitions section, details of tables of uses for each district. The Committee has decided not to include a nutrient management section as part of the ordinance work. In terms of the existing Residential Growth Ordinance, the recommendation with respect to retaining or eliminating the language in the current ordinance will depend on the completeness of the districting plan for the June meeting. According to Mr. Woofenden, the Committee is unlikely to propose a town-wide growth cap like the current ordinance because the proposed new land use ordinance will include lot size and density requirements that are intended to manage growth by directing growth to appropriate areas. However, the Committee may decide to recommend district-specific growth caps as a tool, such as a rural district growth cap. The Board requested that the Committee keep the Board updated on its progress particularly in regard to what will be ready for the June Annual Town Meeting.

B. Report from CEO/Town Planner – Nicole Briand, CEO and Planner reported on the Maine Power Reliability Program and how it will affect the Brown’s Point area. Mr. George Christopher was also in attendance and expressed frustration at the lack of information that was being given by CMP. Ms. Briand will contact Seth Berry, State Representative to see what he recommends. Ms. Briand will also set up a meeting with CMP representatives to discuss the project with the Select Board and will try to arrange the meeting so that the people who can answer specific questions will be there. Ms. Briand and Mr. Christopher will write a letter to attend the hearings on January 28th. Ms. Briand also reported on the status of the dangerous building located on the White Road. Ms. Briand has spoken to the property owner and he stated that he doesn’t have the resources to remove the building at this time. He stated that he does want to clean up the debris even though he doesn’t think he has to, but he would like to work out an agreement with the Town to avoid court. Ms. Briand explained that the deadline in the second Notice of Violation and Order to Correct has passed and she recommends that the Select Board give authorization to move this file to court. Given the cost to remove the debris, it is unlikely that the property owner will remove the debris at a later time, as the property owner previously stated that he wanted to wait and remove the building this winter. Selectperson Whittlesey move to authorize Ms. Briand to commence court proceedings to have the Dangerous Building removed from the property pursuant to 17 M.R.S.A. Section 2851-2859: Dangerous Building Statute, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

C. Approval of Warrant for Special Town Meeting scheduled for 7 pm January 27, 2009 regarding removing deed restrictions on land located on Main Street formerly used for municipal fire station –
Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the Warrant, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

D. Discussion of upcoming 124th Maine Legislative Session – The Board discussed the upcoming legislative session. At this time the Board did not have any requests for legislative action.

Item 5: Old Business – There was no old business

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report -

A. Revenues and Expenditures for first half of FY09 – The Manager provided the Board
reports of the revenues and expenditures from July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

B. Report on Impending Foreclosures – The manager reported on the properties that are in jeopardy of going into automatic foreclosure on January 20, 2009 for unpaid property taxes for the fiscal year 2007.

C. Sagadahoc County Budget Advisory Committee District Caucuses – Wednesday, January 21, 2009 – 6 pm. The manager reported that the Public Representative position for District 2 on the Budget Advisory Committee for Sagadahoc County is vacant and that Dan Billings, Chair of the Bowdoinham Finance Advisory Committee has expressed interest in the position. Chair Ciembroniewicz agreed to attend the caucus to nominate Mr. Billings for the position.

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (January 27, 2009) – Special Town Meeting, home heating assistance report, email retention and use policy.

Item 8: Consent Items

Property Tax Abatement:

1. Labbay, John T & Lisa D, 663 Millay Road, Bowdoinham, Maine 04008, Tax Map R03, Lot 071 - $79.92 – 61.31 acres reduced to 54.50 acres. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #23 & #24 - The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrant #23 and #24. The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrants. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #23, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant #24, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• January 22, 2008 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting – Rob Snowe, Maine Bank & Trust
• January 27, 2008 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting & Special Town Meeting at 7 pm

Item 11: Adjournment – Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 9:20 pm.