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(l-r ) Gary McFarland, Richard Fennelly Jr., Jo Cooper, Cynthia Donaldson
Minutes of February 21, 2013

Chair Jo Cooper called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM

Present were: Selectmen Richard Fennelly Jr., S. Josephine Cooper, Cynthia Donaldson, Gary McFarland; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, and candidate for Selectman Nathan Mason

Agenda Review Jo noted that Gary had to leave by 7:30 PM to attend an RSU meeting and asked if there was any matter on the agenda that should be shifted. Gary said he didn't think so. Cynthia asked if there was an RSU update planned for tonight. Gary said the only thing he has is that the withdrawal committee is meeting with the RSU board and the agreement is very close.

Minutes of February 7, 2013 Jo said she found a typo. Richard said he had a couple of minor corrections and moved to approve as corrected. Gary 2nd . Vote in favor was 3-0 (Donaldson abstained).

Expenditure Warrant 16 Stu noted that of the $334,302.91, $125,000 was a transfer to the investment account and over $170,000 was to RSU 24. Selectmen signed the warrant.

Cash & Budget Reports Richard noted the Administration Legal Line is getting ahead of budget. Stu said most of that has been for the Old Point Case, and that appears to be many months away from resolution.

Road Matters Stu noted the Maine Department of Transportation plans to pave Routes 184 and 204 next summer. He said he would like to contact the MDOT regarding a shim coat being placed on both roads prior to the surface coat. Selectmen encouraged that.

Snow Plow Bid Documents Gary said the proposed bid documents looked good. Cynthia noted the contract gets more complex each time. Stu said it's because the town tries to improve things each time. Jo asked if any board members had any changes to suggest. There were none offered. The contract will go out to bid in April.

Road Posting Jo moved to authorize the Road Commissioner to post the local roads as needed in conjunction with the MDOT posting period. Richard 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.

Fire Truck Insurance Stu reported an extra $81 in premium would insure truck 403 for $200,000 instead of current market value. Board members asked how much the current value might be. Stu said he would guess about half of that. Jo moved to insure the truck for the agreed to value at $200,000. Gary 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.

Town Meeting Stu reported he had not had a chance to put together the power point show completely yet. He said it would be ready for next meeting.

Jo noted the town reports are here and look very nice

Stu reported Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs would return to work full time on March 11, 2013, the day before the municipal election.

Municipal Review Committee Stu briefly explained that the Municipal Review Committee for the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company had written to inform members that the closing of the Maine Energy Recovery Company plant in Biddeford was having a very positive impact on the PERC plant. He noted that the Ellsworth American contained an editorial to that effect today.

Old Point Code Enforcement Stu reported he had placed a letter from CEO Mike Jordan in the Selectman packets regarding a lot splitting proposal by Old Point, Inc. basically saying the CEO has no jurisdiction in such a matter until such time as some development is proposed on either lot.

MacQuinn Notification Stu noted that the Planning Board received notification from Harold MacQuinn, Inc. that they intend to start mining at the present 50-foot setback while they can in light of the proposed increase to 100-feet in the draft ordinance that will be voted on in March.

Bangor Hydro/Posted Roads Jo moved to approve the annual permission for Bangor Hydro Electric to operate on posted roads for line maintenance needs. Gary 2nd . Vote in favor was 4-0.

State Budget Matters Stu noted the Town of Hancock passed a resolve in regard to the Governor's proposed budget cuts that affect municipalities. Jo said the board could discuss it at the next meeting. Richard said he didn't know what impact a resolve might have. Jo said it is important for people to let their voices be heard. A brief discussion about the proposed state budget followed. Stu said he would prepare a resolve for review at the next meeting.

Stu noted that a forum is planned for March 4, 2013 in Hampden. Selectmen asked him to e-mail the flyer to them.

Transfer Station Stu reported he wrote to commercial trash hauler Russell Boynton, Jr. asking him to use the transfer station on Friday instead of Saturday because there are capacity issues on Saturdays. He said he suspected the blizzard two weeks ago likely had an impact on last Saturday because the transfer station was closed the previous Saturday.

Other Richard asked if there is any cost estimate yet for Lamoine to run its own school. Gary said the RSU Withdrawal Committee has a few figures, and that is part of what the meeting is about tonight. He said they have a start on that. Richard said it's important to have that information for voters. Gary said he has stressed that, and they might not know some figures because Lamoine, should it choose to withdraw, won't know who would partner with us in a school district. Richard said the given the current economy, it makes that information more important than ever. He said with the budget squeeze coming from the state, the federal government is likely to follow. Gary said there are some costs to pay to withdraw, and it's not an easy breakup. He said they should know some figures and time frames after tonight.

Stu noted that Nathan Mason was present tonight, and he's running for one of the open seats on the Board of Selectmen. Jo said it's helpful that candidates attend meetings prior to the election. Stu said he's unsure if there will be a candidates' night the PATRONS group is trying to organize something.

Next Meetings The next regular meeting will be March 7, 2013 with the open town meeting on March 13, 2013 and the organizational meeting on March 21, 2013.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen