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Lamoine Board of Selectmen Minutes
February 8, 2007
Chair Jo Cooper called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM
Present were: Selectmen S. Josephine Cooper, Brett Jones, Cynthia Donaldson, Richard Fennelly Jr.; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Chris Tadema-Wielandt, Dennis Ford, David Herrick, Robert Pulver and Franco Colella. Selectman Perry Fowler had indicated previously he was unable to attend.
Agenda Review – Jo said she would like to include an addenda item of school construction discussion on the regular agenda under the portable classroom lease discussion. Stu suggested moving the two executive items to last on the agenda, though one item on the addendum would have to follow one executive session matter.
Minutes – Richard had a couple of minor corrections to the draft minutes of January 25, 2007. Jo moved to approve the minutes with those corrections. Richard 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.
Harbor Master Appointment – Selectmen signed the appointment papers for David Herrick as Harbor Master, retroactive to January 25, 2007. Stu swore Mr. Herrick in.
Notice to Mooring Holders – Selectmen reviewed a draft of a notice to current mooring holders and asked that the opening sentence be changed. There was a brief discussion about the legality of leasing moorings. Stu reported Brian Corrigan expressed interest in the job as Deputy Harbor Master.
Town Meeting Warrant – There was a brief discussion about what recommendations appear on the town meeting warrant. It was agreed that a future meeting would discuss the recommendation format. There was a brief discussion about county government.
Jo moved to sign the town meeting warrant as drafted. Richard 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0. Selectmen signed several copies of the warrant.
Town Report – Stu said the report was ready now that the school budget was in. Selectmen said they'd like to review it and would get any changes needed to Stu prior to printing, which is scheduled next week.
Contract with Pavement Management Services, LLC – Jo moved to sign the contract with Pavement Management Services, LLC for 1,500 tons of paving next summer. Stu noted the updated contract is $2/ton to Mr. Picard as opposed to a percentage of the total cost in the contract contained in the Selectmen's packet. Richard 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0. Selectmen signed the contract.
Portable Classroom Lease Modification – Stu reported the state aid received from such leases has expired, and suggested ending the lease a year early as it did not accomplish anything. He said the cost had been eliminated from the school budget and the revenue eliminated from the municipal budget. Brett noted there is an effect on the LD-1 limits. Stu said it does lower the town revenue by $28,000, but the town would have to wean itself, and this is a good a year as any. He said the budget committee recommendations are below the LD 1 cap. Richard said there is no reason for the school to disagree with shortening the term. There was a short explanation of how this move is reflected in the budget.
Jo moved to have Stu contact Union 92 to negotiate a modification of the portable classroom lease. Brett 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.
MMBB Grant Opportunity – Jo said she couldn't come up with any brilliant ideas to utilize the bond offer from the Maine Municipal Bond Bank. A short discussion followed about the goal of improving credit rating through regional cooperation.
Expenditure Warrant 15 – Selectmen signed warrant 15 for $107,952.02.
Cash & Budget Report – Stu noted that excise tax collections have slowed significantly in the past couple weeks.
Checking Account Reconciliation - Brett noted it was not included in his packet. Stu said he did the reconciliation after Brett picked up his packet last Friday. The other 3 Selectmen signed the statement expressing satisfaction with the review. Mr. Tadema-Wielandt asked about stale checks. Stu noted two payroll checks were replaced recently.
Foreclosed Property – Stu said the certified letter sent to Jane Kimball had not been claimed, and he sent the same letter by regular first class mail, and had no response as of yet. He said he did a Google search and found that she had family in Bangor who also owned property in Lamoine. He said he would attempt to contact them to get in touch with her.
Other Matters – Budget Printout – Richard noted that the dump closing percentage should show zero % as opposed to 100%. He also asked about the Code Enforcement Fund transfer, and Stu explained how that worked.
Resignation of Tom Barr – Stu said Mr. Barr resigned for personal reasons according to an e-mail he'd received. Jo moved to accept the resignation with regret. Richard 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0. A short discussion followed on how to replace Mr. Barr's position. Stu suggested offering the full position to Bonnie Moretto, the current longer-serving alternate, and if she is not interested, then to Julie Herrick who was just appointed an alternate. He said Parks Commission Chair Kerry Galeaz suggested widely advertising the opening. He said the person who was interested in the last vacancy is still interested.
Protection Order – Mr. Colella asked what the item listed as Protection Order on the agenda was about. Stu said there was a concern about an individual who has come into the office and repeatedly put workers in fear of their safety.
School Building Discussion – Jo noted that Stu sent out an e-mail in regard to comments he'd received about the outcome of the school addition vote. She said that Richard had indicated he wanted a discussion on it. She said such a discussion should involve the school board and the Selectmen in a round table. She said she thinks it's too soon for such a discussion and it might not be productive. She asked why one should take place if there is no reason.
Jo said the state plans are still unknown, and the school board has not decided how it wants to proceed. She said because of the time frame, the issue got compressed and people didn't have the input opportunity they should have.
Cynthia said one part is urgent – there are two things going on at the same time – the local vote and the statewide school issue, which impacts locally. She said it would be a mistake to not get as much information about the state plans as possible.
Richard said he would prefer to have a discussion with the school board. He said the issue is still recent and still emotional. He said he'd like to see the town take a positive out of the negative. He said it would be helpful to understand what's in the mind of the voter, and not to do the same thing again, because it would have the same result. He said the election was clean, and Stu's report characterized the situation well. He presented some reports connected with the state consolidation plans. Cynthia said there are several reports and bills available.
Jo said she couldn't understand trying to do the same thing again. She said if there is something on the table, a community forum might help in regard to the state plan. She said there is a lot to wade through. She said it's important that all sides keep talking, because if the conversation stops, the town gets polarized. She said she didn't want to get so controversial that the town can't talk about it. She asked what is trying to be accomplished.
Brett said there were three topics that have come up this evening. He said he'd like to see a structured agenda with all the interested parties. Jo said there are some big extremes on both sides, and she doesn't feel that making speeches is helpful. She said there are several different topics.
Cynthia said the urgency is the state budget. She said the issue for Lamoine is whether the school would be closed. Richard said he hoped there is not another try for the same proposal. He said it might help to meet jointly with the school board. He said there are a lot of misunderstandings and a lot of mis-information in regard to consolidation legislation. He said people don't understand that a regional school board could close the Lamoine School . A short discussion followed on the Governor's bill. Cynthia said there appears to be precious little support for the bill, but it is built into the budget.
Richard said he's been trying to get accurate information. There was a short discussion about a recent mailing and the facts. Cynthia said any community discussion should be with the school board.
Robert Pulver said the consolidation issue clouded the school vote. He said the school board is anxious about this issue – and maybe waiting until the Governor's bill is disposed of because of the amount of turmoil. He said action will come on the Governor's bill quickly. Brett said it might make sense to carry on with the momentum that has built. Jo said maybe the school should approach things incrementally, maybe starting with a consolidation discussion. A short discussion followed on how much of a factor consolidation was in the vote.
Dennis Ford said a lot of the opposition was the cost on the local level. He said Lamoine is becoming a bedroom, retirement community and there is no affordable land for a young couple to build here. He said it might be good for the town to look at re-zoning to encourage young couples to locate here. Jo said that's another part of the discussion. She said maybe a small planning group could put something together. Cynthia said David Sanderson was willing to work on something. She said she would like to see Union 92 do this Union wide.
Mr. Tadema-Wielandt said beyond the Governor and the Legislature, the Budget Committee needs to be involved in major school spending proposals. Jo said after town meeting they would like to meet with the Budget Committee and look at the whole budget process. She said there was frustration with it this year.
Mr. Colella said the need and pupil population numbers will be a critical question on the need for an educational center. Jo said she would like to put together two or three people to pull together an informational forum. Mr. Pulver said it would be an ideal opportunity for discussion. He said the consolidation issue influenced voters. He said such a meeting might have more clout if a state representative would attend. He said the forum could also work on a communication system for the town. Cynthia said this would be an opportunity for the community to tell the Legislature what the community wants. Jo said we've seen how the state is going to do things to the town. A discussion followed on a recent story about a statewide poll.
Jo asked who was interested in helping out. Mr. Pulver said he was. Cynthia said David Sanderson would. Jo said she was, and Richard said he was.
A short discussion followed on tax structure.
Executive Session – Jo moved to enter executive session pursuant to 1MRSA §405 (6)(a) to discuss a pair of personnel matters. Cynthia 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0 at 8:27 PM
Out at 9:35 PM
Selectmen's Order regarding protection. Selectmen signed an order instructing the Administrative Assistant and Town Attorney to devise such legal avenues as may be advisable and available to protect staff at the town office from an overly aggressive individual.
Jo asked that Building Security be placed on the next agenda.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:40 PM.
Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.