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Gary McFarland
Bob Christie Kathleen Rybarz  
 Minutes - October 17, 2019


Chair Robert Christie called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM


Present were: Selectmen Nathan Mason, Gary McFarland, Robert Christie, S. Josephine Cooper, Kathleen Rybarz; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Conservation Commission chair Larissa Thomas, Appeals Board Secretary Michael Jordan, Alan Moldawer and Mark Harris.


Agenda – No changes were proposed to the printed agenda or addendum.


Minutes – October 3, 2019 – Nathan moved to approve minutes as printed.  Jo 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.


Expenditure Warrant 10 – Selectmen signed the warrant in the amount of $117,667.20.  Stu noted that most of the bill was for education, and the first snow plowing bill of the fiscal year was included.


Cash & Budget Reports Stu reported both expenses and revenues look to be in great condition.


Foreclosed Property – Stu reported he had reached the sister of the gentleman who lives in the property upon which there is an installment agreement.  He said the sister told him that her brother would be in touch with him tomorrow.


Quarterly Excise Tax Report – Stu reported the excise collections for the previous quarter were the best for that quarter on record.


Proposal from SunPower Corporation – Stu reported that he, Larissa Thomas and Michael Jordan participated in a conference call with SunPower earlier in the day.  Mrs. Thomas reported that at the previous Selectmen’s meeting, SunPower said they would have to rethink the project, and the proposal presented this evening is for a different portion of town land.  She said it’s still a good deal for the town.  She said the range in estimated lease payment depends on a number of factors, including tree clearing by the abutting landowner. 


Mr. Jordan reported he spoke with Steve Salsbury, the agent for Doug Gott & Sons, about tree cutting.  He said Mr. Salsbury seemed open to the idea.  He said they had also been thinking about a solar project.  Discussion followed about a larger, cooperative project, and sharing the cost to run 3-phase power.


Mrs. Thomas said the lease number in the proposal is the low end based on a worst case scenario.  She said there could be a letter of intent to line up several other arrangements. She said the company is hoping to submit something for December which is why a November 7, 2019 town meeting is proposed.  She said there is a lot of work to do, but finalizing the design would be done in the future. 


Stu reported he has drafted a town meeting article to give the Selectmen the authority to enter into an agreement with SunPower to lease town land for a solar grid.  He suggested that the town attorney be brought into the process. Mrs. Thomas said there will be other meetings that will need an attorney.  A brief discussion followed regarding the 3-phase line extension location)


Bob said the town should enter into negotiations with SunPower so the process can start.  Kathleen moved to sign the special town meeting warrant for November 7, 2019.  Jo 2nd. Vote in favor was 4-0 (Mason abstained).  – Selectmen signed the warrant at the end of the meeting after a typo on the warrant was corrected.


Mrs. Tomas said SunPower asked if they should be present at the town meeting, and she and Stu told them they didn’t think that would be necessary, but a simple handout would be helpful.  Stu said he would e-mail SunPower tomorrow to let them know a handout is desired and the town meeting will take place.


Transfer Station Design – Stu reported that Ken Smith was OK with the proposal from CES, though he would like to see CES meet with the Selectmen to gather ideas before moving forward.  Nathan said he agreed that it’s important for the Board to have an idea to submit.  Stu said if the Selectmen could individually submit their thoughts via e-mail, he would compile that for CES.  Nathan moved to approve entering an agreement with CES as proposed.  Kathleen 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.


Code Enforcement Matter – Selectmen noted that they had received a message from Laura Lyell regarding a matter that the Code Enforcement Officer was dealing with.  Stu reported that a complaint about an allegedly undersized septic system was apparently resolved when a modified plumbing permit was found. 


Alan Moldawer said he brought a letter regarding some upsetting comments he heard while watching the previous meeting. He said his letter indicates support for the Code Enforcement Officer and suggests additional resources for her.  He said inconsistent enforcement is challenging.  Bob said he appreciated Mr. Moldawer coming forward.  He said if the Board represented others in a poor light, the board apologizes.  He asked how Mr. Moldawer felt the process was going.  Mr. Moldawer said the matter is currently before the Board of Appeals and he did not feel comfortable commenting beyond that.  He said the CEO does appear to be overwhelmed at times and needs more resources.  Bob said the Selectmen wrote her a letter of support at the last meeting.  Kathleen said the Selectmen authorized doubling her hours.  She said the amount of business fluctuates, and the Selectmen are addressing the time issue.  Mr. Moldawer says there is an additional burden on Stu as well.


Lamoine 150! – Jo said the celebration got off to a great start on October 5th.  She said it was a fun morning with the road race and the fire department cookout went well.  She said the next event is on October 23, 2019 at the Grange at 6:30 PM.  She said another post card will go out to everyone in November.


Jo said the committee will need help on the final weekend, which will be in mid-August, 2020.  She said they need a parade committee, and they hope to have fireworks at Lamoine State Park.  She said the Selectmen could join in the weekend and fireworks efforts.  She said the next Lamoine 150! Meeting is November 14th at 4:00 PM.  She said the August dates would be the weekend of the 15th, and encouraged Selectmen to help.  She noted that different fundraisers are planned. 


Larissa Thomas said the Conservation Commission is planning an archaeology talk is set for November 13th at the school at 7PM. 


Jo said it’s been amazingly fund, and a great opportunity for something positive for the community.  She said it was a busy Saturday and everyone was having fun.  She said February 11, 2020 is the day the town will take pictures of what it was doing that day, which is the actual 150th birthday.  She said 17 people took part in the scavenger hunt on the weekend before the kickoff.


Lamoine Quarterly – Stu reported that he’s finished several pages and would be done in the next few days.


Comprehensive Plan – Bob reported there was a changing of the guard at the state and the town didn’t have to change a lot in the plan to bring it into state compliance.  He said the plan received compliance approval earlier in the day with the proposed changes that will have to go to another town meeting for final adoption.


Request of Planning Board Chair to utilize town attorney – Stu reported that Harold MacQuinn, Inc. has informed the Planning Board chair, John Holt, that he is barred from being on their land.  Kathleen said the CEO should bring a Planning Board member with her during pit inspections. A brief discussion followed about pit inspections.


Jo said another Planning Board member could accompany the CEO.  She said she was fine with going to the town attorney.  Kathleen moved to approve the request from Planning Board Chair Holt to consult with the town attorney.  Bob said the Planning Board should discuss this issue as a board. A brief discussion followed regarding training.  There was no 2nd to Kathleen’s motion.


Gary moved to refer the request to the Planning Board, and if the request comes from the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen could go with that.  Nathan 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-1 (Rybarz opposed).


Honor Flight Letter – Selectmen signed a letter to be picked up at the Honor Flight mail call by Marion McDevitt when she and her grandson fly to Washington DC in the near future.


Crack Sealing – Stu reported the estimate from Wilson’s Ground Maintenance came in a bit higher than the amount budgeted and encumbered for Buttermilk and Walker Roads.  He suggested that the board accept the bid and the difference in cost be made up from the Buttermilk Road paving budget.  Gary so moved, Jo 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.


Animal Control Matter – Stu reported receiving a letter regarding a request for a Birchlawn Drive resident to register their dogs in compliance with state law.  He said the matter was referred to the Animal Control Officer.


County Budget – Jo reported on the Hancock County Budget.  She said it was completed the previous evening.  Stu asked if Shellfishing enforcement was included.  Jo said she thinks so.  She said her term expires after this year and she’s not sure if she plans to do it again.  She said politics have started to play a role in the county budgeting process and that was unpleasant.    A brief discussion followed regarding the possible end of call sharing between the Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police.


After correcting a typographical error, the Selectmen signed several copies of the November 7, 2019 town meeting warrant.


Bob reminded board members to e-mail their thoughts about a concept design for the transfer station to Stu.


The next regular meeting for the Board of Selectmen will be on November 7, 2019 following the special town meeting.  The first and third Thursdays of each month through February are planned for regular board meetings.


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 PM.


Respectfully submitted,



Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen