TOWN OF SEBAGO
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
All Regular Board of Selectmen Meetings ARE held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of Each Month.
I. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Allen Crabtree at 6:00 p.m.
II. Roll Call
Present were: Selectmen; Allen Crabtree, Jeff Harriman, Ann Farley, Maureen Harriman, Abraham Parker, Town Manager; Robert Nicholson and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: Health Officer, Helen Twombly, Ann Burns, and Don Allen.
III. Adjustments to the Agenda
There were none.
IV. Written Communication
A. Approval of the March 18, 2008 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Ann Farley made a motion to approve the March 18, 2008 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
V. Comments from the Public
Health Officer, Helen Twombly spoke about a super virus that is surfacing called Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). She stated that the virus is resistant to many antibiotics. MRSA is a Staph bacteria that normally live on the skin and in the nose and normally only cause a problem when it enters the body through a cut. MRSA is usually spread by casual contact or through contaminated objects. Helen stated that hand sanitizer is the best defense. Helen has been educating the public and the schools. Information will be placed on the website as well as Helen’s phone number.
VI. Old Business
A. MDoT / Biannual Report Letter Request Review of Letter of Submittal
Maureen Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. The purpose of this letter is to list the roads that Sebago would like MDOT to concentrate on. Robert Nicholson stated that he listed the following projects:
Ø Route 114 for tourism and safety reasons
Ø Paving Long Hill Rd.
Ø Improve the intersection of Long Hill Rd and Route 107
Ø Roadside ditching of Poor’s Hill
Allen Crabtree stated that the Town should participate in the Gateway program, and the Boating Infrastructure Grant program should it become available. Also he asked that comments be included in the letter that any Long Hill Road/Route 107 intersection improvements preserve the existing stone watering trough in the island there.
B. Bridge Discussion / Review of Draft Language
Maureen Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Robert Nicholson stated that he has drafted a letter stating that Sebago’s position on the replacement of the Naples Bridge. Robert stated that in his letter, the Town of Sebago feels that this decision would best be made by the Town of Naples as the bridge is in their community. Robert also stated in his letter, that the Town of Sebago would not be providing any funding for the project. Ann Farley made a motion that the letter be sent to M.D.O.T. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
C. Board of Selectmen – Final Review Fiscal Budget 2008-2009
Jeff Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Robert Nicholson stated that because of the efforts of the CIP Committee, Budget Committee and Board of Selectmen, the total need from the tax payers is 1.6% or $18,639.00 less than last year.
There was a lot of discussion regarding providing funding for the Public Safety Building. Some Board members felt that if funding was not provided at least for permitting, it might delay the project. Allen Crabtree made a motion to fund the Public Safety Building with $5,000, using funds from the UDF (which will be reflected in Article 2 on the warrant) It was seconded by Ann Farley. Motion carried.
VII. New Business
A. Abatement - Libby 004-021-C
Jeff Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas stated that this abatement was to correct an error in the commitment in which a lien was placed. The original tax lien was paid, making the supplemental a duplicate assessment. Ann Farley made a motion to approve the abatement. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
B. Fire Department Open House April 15 or April 22 Agenda Set / Preview
Jeff Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. The Board decided that they will continue with their current schedule of the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of month. They also decided to visit Station One after their meeting on the 15th of April.
C. Town Meeting Warrant Preview / Adjustment
Jeff Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Ann Farley. The Board was presented with a draft of the Town Meeting Warrant. The Board decided they would eliminate the article regarding using funds from the UDF to be used for SAD #61 School Assessment. They also decided that the article appointing the Town Manager as Treasurer is no longer required as that was done last year. Robert Nicholson stated that there was one (1) citizen request regarding the Historical Society, which the Board approved. A revised draft will be presented for Board action at a future meeting.
D. Code of Conduct Board of Selectmen Review and Approval
Ann Farley made a motion to discuss. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Robert Nicholson stated that it would be wise to wait until after the election, in the event there may be new Board members. Maureen Harriman stated that she would like to see the title changed to something else. Allen Crabtree stated that he would prepare a Code of Ethics for the Board of Selectmen that models the Code of Ethics for the Town Manager. The Board decided to wait to a future meeting to discuss this issue.
VIII. Reports from Town Officials
A. Town Manager
a. Generator Bid Process Update
Stated that many inquires have been made on this bid notice.
b. Mowing and Trimming Bid Update
Stated that 14 bids were mailed out and already 3 have responded.
c. Second Visit to Capital
The next visit to the Capital will be on April 8th. Selectmen; Jeff Harriman, Maureen Harriman and Abraham Parker have expressed their interest to attend.
Robert also reported that an article on Sebago’s Single Stream Recycling will be in the next issue of the Maine Townsman.
Robert stated that Bruce Hart did an appraisal of Map 021-009 (this is the lot the Town is considering for the Public Safety Building entrance). Bruce appraised this property at $23,000
Jeff Harriman stated that the Dollar Tree in Windham has donated van loads of paper goods to the Food Pantry and suggested a letter be sent in appreciation.
There were no committee reports.
Abraham Parker made a motion to adjourn at 7:26 p.m. It was seconded by Ann Farley. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas