2009-03-03 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
March 3, 2009


Residents present: George Christopher, Dotty Baker, Gail Billington, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton

Non Resident: Allie Vigue


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

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from January 27 meeting – The board reviewed the minutes of the meeting. Selectperson Dorr moved to accept, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 3: Comments from the Public – no comments from the public

Item 4: New Business – There was no Old Business

Item 5: Old Business

a) Maine Power Reliability Update – George Christopher gave a brief update on the status of the Maine Power Reliability Program. A site walk with representatives from Central Maine Power is planned for March 12 at 9:30 am on Brown’s Point Road for all interested parties. The purpose of the walk is to show the CMP representatives the area


b) The Inhabitants of the Town of Bowdoinham vs. Gail Billington and Doris Alexander Messer -District Court Decision dated 2/27/2009. The Town Manager briefed the Board on the outcome of the court hearing on February 27, 2009. A copy of the court decision was provided to the Board. Allie Vigue, friend of Ms. Billington, asked to make a statement. The Board Chair agreed to his request. Mr. Vigue stated that he was dissatisfied with the court decision. The Board reminded Mr. Vigue that many opportunities were given to comply with the court’s original decision dated April 18, 2007

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report – Kathy Durgin-Leighton

1. Draft Budget Presentation – The draft budget is complete. The Finance Advisory Committee began its review on February 26th and will be meeting every other week for the next six weeks meeting with department heads. The Committee expects to conclude its work by April 16th and plans to present its recommendations to the Select Board on April 28th. A Public Hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 12th.

2. Report on Automatic Foreclosures – One property went into automatic foreclosure. The property is located at 360 Post Road. The homeowner is unable to pay the taxes but the current mortgage holder is anxious to secure its interest in the property. Consequently, the town’s attorney is drawing up a Quit Claim Deed for the Select Board’s consideration at its next Select Board meeting. In exchange for the Quit Claim Deed, the mortgage holder agreed to pay all back taxes including fees and fines, as well as the attorney fees ($350) and an administrative fee that equaling 10% of the back taxes.

3. Bill of Sale – 1974 Artcraft Centurian mobile home located at 280 White Road – The Town Manager reported that this property was tax acquired and that the owners of the property have paid all back taxes, lien costs and fees through June 30, 2008. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the sale back to the original owners, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

4. Disaster Declaration for 2008 Ice Storms – Costs of storm clean up submitted to FEMA for reimbursement. The total amount claimed was $35,728. The town is expecting to receive 75% or $26,796.

5. Excise Taxes – Excise taxes for February came in slightly under last year’s amount at $26,409. While the Town Manager expressed confidence that this year’s projection will be met, it is doubtful that last year’s revenues will be matched.

Item 7: Consent Items:

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

1. Quimby, Tracy, 136 Post Road, Map R02, Lot 38 - $20.72 Acreage reduced from 2.13 to 1.82 Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

2. Tax Acquired Property (Mobile Home) formerly owned by Levi Hooper, 266 Carding Machine Road Map R06 Lot 39-ON for following tax years: 2006 - $163.77; 2007 - $153.10; 2008 - $102.29-
Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

3. Tax Acquired Property formerly owned by Beverly Enman, 1173 Post Road Map R04 Lot 48-A for
the following tax years: 2002 - $428.17; 2003 - $399.56; 2004 - $336.13 and 2005 - $316.35. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.


Item 8: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (March 10, 2009)

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrant #27 – The Board reviewed Treasurer’s Warrant #27. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Warrant #27, seconded by Chair Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 10: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• March 10, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
• March 12, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting
• March 24, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board Meeting
• March 26, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting

Item 11: Adjournment – The Chair adjourned the meeting at 7:45 pm.