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Gary McFarland
Bob Christie Kathleen Rybarz  
Minutes of Special Meeting - July 28, 2016 (Draft, subject to correction) 


Chairman Gary McFarland called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM at the Lamoine Town Hall.

Present were:  Selectmen Nathan Mason, Robert Christie, Gary McFarland, Kathleen Rybarz, S. Josephine Cooper; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Transfer Station Manager Chris Meyer.

Expenditure Warrant 2 – Selectmen signed Expenditure warrant 2 in the amount of $147,097.36.  Stu noted that tax collections had come in strong to start the week, and no funding transfer was needed from investments.

Technology Committee Recommendation – Kathleen moved to approve the recommendation from the Technology Committee to purchase a new video switcher for the CTV control room.  Bob 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.

Meeting Conflict – Stu reported he originally had a conflict for September 8, 2016, but that has vanished. 

Executive Session – Gary moved to enter executive session pursuant to 36-MRSA 841(2) to discuss a hardship abatement request.  Bob 2nd.  Vote in favor at 6:03 PM.  Out at 6:05 PM.

Gary moved to enter executive session pursuant to 1-MRSA 405(6)(a) to discuss a personnel matter.  Nathan 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0 at 6:06 PM.  Out at 6:25 PM.

Recess – the meeting recessed at 6:25 PM to move to the fire station and allow the Comprehensive Planning Committee to meet.

Reconvene – The meeting reconvened at 6:34 PM.  Fire Chief George “Skip” Smith was present.

Fire Truck Pump Repair – Chief Smith said they are not sure what happened to cause catastrophic failure to the pump on Engine 401.  He said it ran fine when it was used in June.  He said the insurance company covered some, but not all of the pump repair costs.  He said there was some other damage that needed to be fixed while the truck was in the shop in Island Falls that could run $4,000 to $5,000 which is not in the budget. 

Nathan asked about the truck’s life span. Chief Smith said the truck is 22-years old.  Bob asked what the estimate is for the additional repairs.  Chief Smith said that has not been done.  A brief discussion followed on the truck’s replacement schedule, and whether work on the vehicle would increase its life span.

Nathan moved to approve an encumbrance for pump repairs from the 2015/16 budget for the portion the insurance did not cover, and to transfer $250.00 from the insurance deductible fund to pay for the pump repairs.  Bob 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.  The fire chief will provide the estimate for the remainder of the repairs for possible special town meeting funding from undesignated fund balance.

Executive Session – Gary moved to enter executive session pursuant to 36-MRSA 841(2) to resume discussion about a hardship abatement.  Jo 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0 at 6:50 PM.  Out at 6:55 PM.

Nathan moved to schedule a confidential hardship abatement hearing on August 18, 2016.  Jo 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen