2009-11-03 Select Board Meeting Minutes

 

Public Hearing for the purpose of review and adoption of the revised appendixes A, B, C and F of the 2009-2010 General Assistance Ordinance


Residents in attendance: George Christopher, Bradley Meads, Stewart Burrell, David Berry, Dotty Baker, Dan Billings, Kathy Durgin-Leighton

Non resident: Nicole Briand

Chair Whittlesey called the Public Hearing open at 6:30 pm. The town manager explained the changes to the amendments. There were no comments from the public. The Chair adjourned the Public Hearing.


Town of Bowdoinham
Select Board Meeting Minutes
November 3, 2009


Item 1a – Approval of revised appendixes A, B, C and F of the 2009-2010 General Assistance Ordinance. Selectperson Hobart moved to approve the revised appendixes A, B, C, and F, seconded by Selectperson Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 1: Call the meeting to order – The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm. All members were present: Chair Whittlesey, Selectperson Ciembroniewicz, and Selectperson Hobart.

Item 2: Consideration of the minutes from October 20, 2009 meeting – The Board reviewed the minutes. Selectperson Hobart moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Selectperson Ciembroniewicz. The vote was 3-0 in favor.

Item 3: Comments from the Public – Resident Stewart Burrell commented that if he was a member of the Selectboard he would be unhappy with the Chair writing a letter to the editor and signing it as the Chair of the Board. Selectperson Ciembroniewicz commented that Chair Whittlesey had stated his intent at a Selectboard meeting and that he respected the Chair’s right as a citizen to express his opinion. Chair Whittlesey maintained that it was his right to express his opinions as well. Resident Dan Billings stated that while he was against the Board taking a formal position on the Tabor and Excise tax referendums, he had no problem with the letter that Chair Whittlesey had written to the Times Record.

Mr. Billings had two comments. First, his mother had been approached by a resident asking if any town funds had been used to purchase the signs urging support of the sidewalk initiative. Mr. Billings wished to state (for the record) that while he had used personal funds in support of the sidewalk effort, no town funds had been used for the signs.

Mr. Billings also requested that the Board consider placing on a future agenda consideration to move the municipal elections from June to November. He suggested that moving the elections from June to November results in a larger voter turnout and therefore more participation. Absent of a charter or ordinance, moving the municipal election is a Selectboard decision. Mr. Billings stated that the municipal elections were moved to November in 1996 and 1997 but in 1998, the elections were put back to the June date. It is unknown as to why the change. Chair Whittlesey thanked Mr. Billings for raising the issue and asked the town manager to research the issue.

Item 4: New Business -

1. Solid Waste Committee – The Town Manager reported that seven residents had expressed interest in serving on the committee however only three had submitted letters of interest. She will contact the remaining four residents. The town manager also submitted the final draft of the committee’s tasks for the Board’s review. The Board will review the draft and compare it to the tasks proposed by the Town Manager and the Solid Waste Manager.

2. CEO Report – CEO/Planner Nicole Briand reported that since July 1, 2009, 57 plumbing permits and 26 building permits have been issued. This is in line with the number of permits issued last year at this time. Also, 11 permits for over 100 cubic yards of fill were issued as a result of the Harward Bridge project. The town manager noted that before the changes in the land use ordinance in June, these permits would have had to be given by the Planning Board which would have been more cumbersome and time consuming for residents. Ms. Briand also reported on the Main Street building (6 & 9 Main Street). She is working with the property owner for the removal of the metal siding by year’s end. She reported that the property owner is displeased with the current ordinance language which does not allow for metal siding on commercial buildings but has no restrictions on paint color. Selectperson Hobart expressed surprise that the current ordinance does not allow for metal siding.

Item 5: Town Manager’s Report

1. FY09 Audit – The Town Manager presented the FY09 Audit Report to the Board. While she is pleased with the results, she suggested that the Board meet with the auditor to discuss the results. The Board agreed and asked the manager to schedule the auditor for an upcoming Selectboard meeting.

2. Excise Taxes to date – The Town Manager reported on the October excise taxes.

3. Historical numbers - The Town Manager presented a spreadsheet showing comparison over the last ten years of the town’s fund balance, Municipal budget, Educational and County Assessments, Taxable valuation, mill rate, certified ratio, etc. This data provides a ten year summary of the town’s finances. Finance Advisory Committee Chair Dan Billings pointed out that the data shows the municipal budget to be relatively level over the last five years with the current municipal budget $2,408 over the FY05 budget.

(Selectperson Ciembroniewicz excused himself from the meeting due to a previous commitment.)

Item 6: Consent Items

A. Assessing Agent Property Tax Abatements for the following:

Abatements FY10:

Real Estate:

#10 Gilmore, Kevin – 542 River Road, R07-056-A - $158.36 – Acreage Adjustment
Selectperson Hobart moved to approve Abatement #10, seconded by Chair Whittlesey. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

#11 Halsey, Sean – 52 Halsey Place, R04-046-ON - $192.40 – This is a 1995 Doublewide and not a 2002
Selectperson Hobart moved to approve Abatement #11, seconded by Chair Whittlesey. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

#12 Frizzle, Tobey – 74 Pork Point Road, R10-030-001 - $62.16 – Acreage Adjustment - Selectperson Hobart moved to approve Abatement #12, seconded by Chair Whittlesey. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Personal Property:

#13 Lewis, Christopher – 985 Ridge Road, $199.80 – Same tractor assessed twice - Hobart moved to approve Abatement #13, seconded by Chair Whittlesey. The vote was 2-0 in favor.


Item 7: Consideration of FY10 Treasurer’s Warrant #8 – Payroll Check Date 10/22/09: $17,311.65
Accounts Payable: $247,232.37
Total: $264,544.02

The Board reviewed the Treasurer’s Warrant #8. Selectperson Hobart moved to approve Treasurer’s Warrant#8, seconded by Selectperson Whittlesey. The vote was 2-0 in favor.

Item 8: Selectperson’s Request for Agenda Items for next meeting (November 17, 2009) – Solid Waste Committee approval

Item 9: Announce Future Meetings, Workshops, Events

• November 11 – Town Office Closed for Veteran’s Day
• November 17 @ 6:30 pm – Select Board Regular Meeting

Item 10: Adjourn – The Chair adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm.