I Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman, Allen Crabtree.
II Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Allen Crabtree, Jeff Harriman, Maureen Harriman, Bob Irish Jr., Dave McCarthy, Town Manager; Bob Nicholson, and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present included Code Enforcement Officer, Jim Smith, Tim Smith, Donelle Allen, Don Allen, Cathy Greene, Maurice Davies, Paul DeBonis, Janet Anderson, Paul Anderson, Dave Anderson, Kelly Anderson, Helen Rogers, David Hague, William Nason. Jr., Richard Nason, Norman Storey, Norma Jean Roberts, David Littlefield, Kelly Littelfield, Fern Letellier, Marilyn Odlin,
Clayton Odlin, Maurice Davies, Rick Bates, Paul White, Richard Aube, Bruce Hart, Zac Horton, Mike Corrigan of the Bridgton News, and Aaron Shapiro from the CDBG program. There were several others in the audience who did not sign in.
III Adjustments to the Agenda
Discussion with the Planning Board will be discussed after V.
IV Reports from Town Officials & Committees
A. Town Manager
a. Budget Process update
Bob Nicholson stated that the Budget Books have been printed and are ready for distribution. The first budget meeting will be on Jan. 9, 2007 at 6 p.m., where the first order of business is setting the meeting dates for the next 7 meetings. He also stated that the CIP should fund all vehicles and the road plan.
Allen Crabtree recommended that everyone should read the Governor’s proposal regarding consolidating the school districts.
Maureen Harriman requested that the bridge closure signs on the Fitch Road be relocated to a more visible location.
C. Department Heads- There was none.
Allen Crabtree stated that the Committee Disaster Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 to combine work estimates to bring the Town Hall up to shelter specifications. Morgan Bickerstaff from the Red Cross will be present at the meeting.
V Next Board of Selectmen’s Meeting is scheduled for: Thursday, February 8, 2007
IX New Business
A. Planning Board discussion with Selectmen
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. The Planning Board stated they were looking for assistance with preparing agendas and minute taking. The Town Manager stated that the new Deputy Clerk would be filling those duties. The Planning Board also stated that the Comprehensive Plan had been approved by the State and the Town, but that the town ordinances (Building, Shoreland, Sub-Division) need to be updated as they are referenced in the Comprehensive Plan. There was discussing whether or not the ordinances should be combined into one or done separately. Combining the ordinances into one would be a difficult task. CEO Jim Smith commented on the BOCA code. Both the Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen agreed that they should work together on this
issue. Allen Crabtree requested the Town Manager to coordinate an ordinance working group to include members of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board, and possibly members of the public as well.
VI Comments from the Public
Allen Crabtree addressed the public. He stated that the public must refrain from comments about the recent termination of the Public Works Director, as this was a personnel issue which the Board was prohibited by policy and the law from discussing. If there were any comments regarding the DPW termination they should be made in writing and submitted to the Town Manager. If there were any comments about the Town Manager they should be put in writing and sent to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. He also stated that any other comments would be welcome, particularly on the status of the town roads or the town road plan.
There were a number of comments made by individuals in the audience, including Fern Letellier, Maurice Davies, Norma Storey, Billy Nason, and others. Donnelle Allen of Folly Road, Sebago wanted to commend the Fire Department for their quick response to her home this week. She stated that she is very satisfied with Town services.
VII Written Communication
A. Approval of the December 18, 2006 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Dave McCarthy made a motion to approve the December 18, 2006 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Bob Irish Jr. Motion carried.
VIII Old Business
A. Building Ordinance
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to table this issue since it had been addressed in the Planning Board discussion and would be dealt with by the ordinance working group. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
IX New Business
A. CDBG presentation - Aaron Shapiro
Jeff Harriman made a motion to discuss the issue. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Aaron Sharpio explained that the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is funded by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant is approximately $2.2 million and can be used for many different things to enhance communities within Cumberland County. The towns within Cumberland County each have to submit an application by February 2, 2007 with their requests. The grant has certain criteria for the projects such as; the project must benefit low to mid income families. Some ideas for projects include septic system replacements, health clinics, and planning through surveys. The application has 4 questions, decisions are made in March
early April and funds are disbursed in July.
B. Planning Board discussion with Selectmen
X Executive Session pursuant to M.R.S.A. Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss a Personnel Matter
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to move to Executive Session pursuant to M.R.S.A. Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss a Personnel Matter at 8:45 p.m. It was seconded by Dave McCarthy. Motion carried.
Bob Irish Jr. made a motion to re-convene at 9:32 p.m. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried. There was no action taken during executive session.
Jeff Harriman made a motion to adjourn at 9:33 p.m. It was seconded by Dave McCarthy. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas