2009-02-10 Select Board Meeting Minutes

Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
February 10, 2009

Residents Present: George Christopher, Paul Baines, Kathy Durgin-Leighton
Non residents – Nicole Briand, CEO/Planner

Item 1: Call the meeting to order – In the absence of Chair Ciembroniewicz, Selectperson Dorr assumed the role of Chair pro tem. Chair Dorr called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm. Members present: Selectperson Whittlesey and Selectperson Dorr.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from January 27, 2009 meeting – tabled for next meeting

Item 3: Comments from the Public – Paul Baines, resident and member of the Planning Board and LUPC Committee asked the Board to consider appointing a Committee to study the issue of solid waste as it relates to sludge. Selectperson Dorr asked Mr. Baines if this had been studied by the Land Use Planning Committee. Mr. Baines stated that the LUPC concluded that it was not the proper committee to study the issue. Mr. Baines stated that he had been to an LUPC meeting in which the issue was discussed and several town residents had voiced concerns over the practice of spreading sludge. Mr. Baines, living in town and having no direct impact from the spreading of sludge, agreed to study the issue further. He reported that new scientific information has come forth as it relates to medical waste. The Board decided that it will take up the issue at its next meeting when Chair Ciembroniewicz returns.

Item 4: New Business – There was no old business.

Item 5: Old Business:

A. Maine Power Reliability Update – George Christopher – Mr. Christopher reported to the Board that the Public Advocate commissioned two experts to look at the need for the project. It was determined by the experts that the modeling requirements put forth by CMP regarding the need for the project were overly stringent and if true, there would be widespread blackouts occurring now. The need for the Bowdoinham project is based on seven power plants going out of commission at the same time. There are six protective devices and they have all been upgraded routinely since 1971 but CMP is asserting that the protective devices are antiquated. Additionally, CMP has not kept records of problems associated with the protective devices. Selectperson Whittlesey stated that the focus has been on the inevitability of the project and how to minimize the damage. The new information changes the focus and perhaps the project is not inevitable. Mr. Christopher reported that there is a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 at the PUC to discuss the new findings. Mr. Christopher will attend the meeting and report back to the Select Board. Not knowing the outcome of the February 11 meeting, it was decided that the Board will continue its plans to have CMP representatives walk the Bowdoinham land with members of the Select Board and Mr. Christopher and to invite them to discuss the project at a later Select Board meeting.

B. CEO Report – Nicole Briand – Ms. Briand reported that court dates have been scheduled for the two junk yard cases (February 25th & 27th). She will provide an update on the hearings at the next Select Board meeting. She also reported on the status of the updated Shore Land Ordinance and the Regional Trail initiative.

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report

1. Excise Tax Report – The Manager reported that Excise taxes rebounded for the month of January. Though below last year’s level by $10,800 it is within the projected amount.

2. Comcast meeting – The Town has been without a contract with Comcast since October 2008. The Manager recommended that the Board appoint a Committee to assist in the contract negotiations. In the meantime, there is a public meeting scheduled for February 17 to hear the concerns and needs of Bowdoinham residents related to cable television and high speed internet service.

3. Bids Update – Bids came in with the following results:

FY0809 FY09/10 Difference
Diesel $3.648 $2.145 $1.50/gal savings estimated usage of 6,000 = $9,000 savings
Heating Oil $3.429 $2.078 $1.35/gal savings estimated usage of 5,200 = $7,020 savings
Propane $2.66 $1.766 $ .89/gal savings estimated usage of 500 = $445 savings
Gasoline not fixed not fixed

4. Interest rates have reached an all time low. The town’s undesignated fund balance is earning .51%. $180,000 has been moved into a four week CD for an interest rate of 1.10%. Maturity date is March 5, 2009.

5. Foreclosed Property – The Town automatically foreclosed on property located at 360 Post Road. A Quit Claim Deed will be drawn up if the mortgage company pays all taxes due including the April 2009 payment totaling $6,057.76 plus attorney fees to draw up the deed ($350) as well as a 10% administrative fee equaling a total of $7,017.69.

Item 7: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (February 24, 2009) – Sludge

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

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrants #26 – The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrant #26. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to approve Warrant #26, seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

Item 11: Selectperson Dorr adjourned the meeting at 8:40 pm.