TOWN OF SEBAGO
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
TOWN OFFICE BUILDING
All Regular Board of Selectmen Meetings ARE held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of Each Month.
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m by Vice Chair, Ann Farley.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Ann Farley; Jeff Harriman, Maureen Harriman, Town Manager; Robert Nicholson; Interim Town Manager; Jim Smith and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: Dana C. Batchelder, Claudia and Phil Lowe, Don Olden Sr., Jim Libby, Ann Burns, Marie Chattin, Gaye Burnell, and Mike Corrigan of The Bridgton News.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
In order to accommodate the public, Appointments to the Planning Board and Camp O AT KA will be moved up on the agenda.
III. Written Communication
- Approval of the October 7, 2008 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the October 7, 2008 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman, motion carried.
- Approval of the October 14, 2008 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes.
Ann Farley made a motion to approve the October 14, 2008 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman, motion carried.
Ann Farely stated that this was Robert Nicholson’s last meeting. She stated that the Board wish him well and hope him success in his future endeavors. She then welcomed Jim Smith as the Interim Town Manager.
Abe Parker inquired when the Board would be changing Dyke Mountain Road to Douglas Hill Road. He stated that the current road name may be offensive to some people.
Gaye Burnell addressed the Board. She stated that under State Statues, the Town is obligated to survey town lines. In her address, Gaye stated that the line near her home has been moved several times and this is concerning to her. She has tried to address this issue with Naples, as there is a sub-division going in near her lines, but they did not respond. The Board asked Gaye to get quotes from surveyors, and that they would review the issue with Jim. Jim Smith will speak with the CEO in Naples and report back to the Board at the next meeting.
Ann Burns asked if the Historical Society could have a table to sell items during the election. Robert Nicholson stated that it would be ok. She also stated that the roof at the Historical Building had been repaired, but the chimney needs to be pointed to prevent animals from entering the building. Robert Nicholson stated that Jim Smith and the Public Works Director are looking into the situation. The Board informed Ann Burns that the Town is looking into a security system for the Historical Building.
V. Old Business
- Property of Map 6, Lot 46 – Board Final Decision
Jeff Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman, motion carried. Robert Nicholson stated that significant progress had been made. Marie Chattin stated that someone will be cleaning the remainder of the stuff in exchange for the tent. She did not know when it would be completed. The Board felt enough time had been given for the clean up and it should be completed soon. It was suggested that the Town do the clean up to reduce costs. Jeff Harriman made a motion to have the Public Works Department complete the clean up by October 27, 2008 and set the tent aside. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Motion carried.
Ann Farley made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. The Board tabled this item until Allen Crabtree is present.
- Supplemental Discussion – Unknown Property
Maureen Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. Robert Nicholson re-caped from the last meeting and has addressed the issue with MMA Legal Department. MMA’s view is as follows, where as, the Town has committed the taxes to person A, that indicates the Town recognizes person A as the owner. To allow person B to pay back taxes after the town committed to person A would infringe on person’s A right to the property. This is clearly a dispute between the two parties.
VI. New Business
- Camp O AT KA Donation Acceptance
Maureen Harriman made a motion to discuss. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. Ron Hall stated that a Harvest Dinner had been held to raise funds for local fuel assistance. The dinner went well, and Ron Hall presented the Board a check in the amount of $1,200. The Board thanked Ron Hall, and requested that the Town Manager send a letter of thanks. Jim Libby stated that Gloria Ledoux will be holding a concert on Oct. 25, 2008 to benefit the Warming Hut.
- Candidates – House Seats – State of Maine
Democratic Candidate Lee Gouldsberry addressed the Board. Lee Gouldsberry stated that if elected he would work for Clean Water, Economic Development, Sustainable Energy Resources, and Education.
Republican Candidate Ralph Sarty updated the Board on the Economic Status of the State. He stated that the last session provided no new funding. He stated that bi-partisan work will be required to bring the stated defect back under control.
- General Assistance Max Allowances (Adjustments) Review and Approval
Maureen Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. Robert Nicholson stated that the Town adopted the State’s General Assistance Ordinance. Appendixes which outline the maximum level of assistance in the different areas are updated every year. This process was merely to adopt the new appendixes. Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the appendixes as submitted. It was seconded by Maureen Harriman. Motion carried.
- Supplementals as Submitted by Assessor’s Agent (Nesteruk & Bruno)
Maureen Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. Michele Bukoveckas explained that the Nesteruk supplement was to remove the Homestead Exemption, and the Bruno supplement was for the clean-up of their property. Maureen Harriman made a motion to approve the supplementals as submitted. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
- Appointments to Planning Board
Maureen Harriman made a motion for discussion. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. It was stated that there were two (2) openings on the Planning Board as well as room for alternates. Phil Lowe had expressed his interest in writing to the Board. The Board knows of others who are interested, but has not received written communication from them. Ann Farley made a motion to appoint Phil Lowe to the Planning Board. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman, motion carried. The Board will wait until they receive communication from the others before action is taken. It was recommended that the interested individuals attend a Planning Board meeting to make their interest to join be known. The Board also felt that the Planning Board should have input regarding new members.
VII. Reports from Town Officials
a. Transition with Jim
Robert Nicholson stated that he has been working with Jim Smith to bring him “up to speed”. This seems to be going well.
b. Budget Process update
Robert Nicholson stated that he has been working on preparing the budget. He stated that he is projecting a 30% reduction in revenues due to the current economic status.
Robert Nicholson also encouraged the Board to work with the assessor in getting a re-evaluation done soon.
Jeff Harriman asked where the Town was in regards to the “Road Program” Robert Nicholson stated that it was a work in progress.
Jeff Harriman stated that he would like to re-visit the decision to fill the seat vacancies by Abe Parker. Jeff Harriman stated that residents state they voted for 5 members and wanted 5 members. Robert Nicholson requested that Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas research the costs associated with holding a special election and report back to Interim Town Manager, Jim Smith.
There were none.
Jeff Harriman made a motion to adjourn at 8:03 p.m. It was seconded by Ann Farley. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas