2009-03-24 Select Board Meeting Minutes


Town of Bowdoinham
Minutes of Select Board Meeting
March 24, 2009


Residents Present: Tony Cox, Dan Billings, and Kathy Durgin-Leighton

Item 1: Call the meeting to order – Chair Dorr called the meeting to order. All members were present: Chair Ciembroniewicz, Selectperson Dorr, and Selectperson Whittlesey

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from March 10, 2009 meeting – Tabled to next meeting.

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

Item 4: New Business

Economic & Community Development Update – Community & Economic Development Director Tony Cox gave an update on his activities that included regional initiatives (Midcoast Food Cluster Initiative and the Arts and Cultural Tourism Cluster Initiative), his work supporting Bowdoinham Businesses including the Buy Bowdoinham campaign, and the Merrymeeting Bay Business Association’s Merrymeeting Branding Project. Mr. Billings expressed concern that Hilltop Log and Timber Frame Homes was using its military redevelopment zone designation as a marketing tool to sell its business. He stated that he had been in favor of the military redevelopment zone designation for Hilltop Log and Timber Frame Homes as it was supporting a local business in its efforts to create more jobs. He did not intend it to be used as a marketing tool that in his opinion gave advantage to one property over another in its ability to attract buyers. He suggested that the Town look into whether the designation was ever used by Hilltop and if not, could the designation be given back to the Town for it to make available to another business? Mr. Cox stated that he would look into the designation further and report back to the Select Board

A. 2009 Warrant for Unlicensed Dog Owners-Keepers – The Board reviewed and signed the Warrant.

B. Quit Claim Deed Without Covenants Tax Map R02-024-A – The Board reviewed and signed the Quit Claim Deed.

Item 5: Old Business

A. Report on Brown’s Point Road Site Walk with CMP representatives – David Whittlesey reported on the March 12 site walk on Brown’s Point Road with four representatives from CMP and some of the farmers that farm in the area where the line upgrades are scheduled. Selectperson Whittlesey reported that this part of the project is not linked to the rest of the Maine Power Reliability Project and that it is not likely to occur before the year 2011. The upgrade is mandated because the current lines are out of compliance with regulatory rules. The upgrade is not likely to take up more space than is presently used. No definitive data was given by the CMP representatives regarding the electromagnetic field and its effect on the health of the farmers working under the lines or on the food. Selectperson Whittlesey stated that during the walk the CMP representatives seemed willing to accommodate the needs of the farmers and the growing season.

Item 6: Town Manager’s Report

A. Annual Report – The Manager reported that the staff is working on the Town Report. She suggested that this year’s theme be FOOD. Photos of food will be included for each department such as agricultural fields, farmer’s market, etc. The Board agreed to the proposed theme.

B. Brush Chipping Day – Given the amount of storms that occurred over the winter and the fallen limbs and trees, the Public Works Director is recommending that the Town host a free brush chipping day on April 25th and use money the Town received from FEMA ($27,285 from the December 2008 Ice Storms) to pay for the cost of renting a chipper (approx. $2,000 for the day).

C. Route 24 – MDOT representatives will be attending the next Select Board meeting (April 7) to discuss the current condition of Route 24.

D. Maine Senior Farm Share – The Manager reported that notices have been sent out to all seniors that participate in the Town’s Senior Programs. This is an excellent program where low income seniors receive a free share ($50 value) of fresh local produce from a Maine farmer during an 8 week period. Fairwind Farms (Pete & Kathy Karonis) participates in the program and sells its produce at the Farmer’s Market.

Item 7: Consent Item

Abatement Requests from Assessor Agent:

A. Talbott, James M. D/b/a Merrymeeting Behavioral Health Association – Year 2001 $61.92, Year 2002 $94.50, and Year 4- $44.39 - Un-collectable. Selectperson Dorr moved to approve the abatement, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 8: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (April 14, 2009)

Item 9: Consideration of Treasurer’s Warrant #29 – Selectperson Dorr moved to approve Warrant #29, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 10: Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(C) to discuss the acquisition of real property or economic development – Selectperson Whittlesey moved to enter into executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(C), seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor. Selectperson Whittlesey moved to exit from executive session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(C), seconded by Selectperson Dorr. The vote was 3-0 in favor. The Board signed an Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement with Fox Real Estate Agency for future capital projects.

Item 11: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• March 25, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Public Hearing – Land Use Planning Committee on Proposed Ordinances
• March 26, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting
• April 2, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Arts at the Library Event sponsored by Five River Arts Alliance – David Prout and Don & Pat Fenimore interviewed by Frank Connors on farming in Bowdoinham in the 1950’s to present
• April 9, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Finance Advisory Meeting
• April 14, 2009 @ 6:30 pm – Regular Select Board meeting

Item 12: Adjourn – Chair Ciembroniewicz adjourned the meeting at 9:30 pm.