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Board of Selectmen Minutes 08/04/2009
6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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 6:05 PM by Chairman, Allen Crabtree
I.      Roll Call
        Present were:  Selectmen:  Allen Crabtree, Ann Farley, Jeff Harriman, Edythe Harndon, Mose Russo, Town Manager, Jim Smith III and recorder, Lin Petersen Greene.  Guests present were:  Laurence P. Minnot, Jr. (attorney for the Orrs’), Ted Davis, George and Betty Tinkham, Don Olden, Paul McCarty, Heather MacKay-Punton, Jason Schoolcraft, Ken Littlefield, Curt Downing and Fern Letellier.
II.     Adjustments to the Agenda
        Add:  Marina Road Easement and Peabody Pond Porta-Potty
III.    Written Communication
  • Approval of the July 7, 2009 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
  • Accepted as amended.
  • Approval of the July 21, 2009, Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
  • Accepted as amended.
  • Comments from the Public - None
V.      Old Business
                A.      Safe Harbor Right of Way Dock Discussion
        The options of selling or leasing the right of way were discussed at length.  Options considered were:  Sell the Town land to easement holders (no public access); Permit for a private dock with homeowners to carry insurance to protect the Town; Town puts in dock and assumes all responsibility (would need to acquire space for parking); Sell to Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, do nothing.

        Jim Smith was asked to research a 1-year renewable lease option for a temporary dock and to have the results for the next board meeting.  Jim will have a sample permit and a sample lease for board review.  Jim has discussed the right of way issue with MMA and advised that MMA approves of the lease option.  

        Edythe Harndon suggested that a public hearing be held with the abutters and those with easement rights.  The abutters and back lot owners will be invited to the next board meeting.

        Curt Downing, a resident of Safe Harbor Road, expressed concern over erosion caused by recent rainfall.  Safe Harbor Road is a public easement road and is therefore graded by the town public works twice each year.  No other maintenance is provided.

                B.      Distribution of Goals Set at Last Meeting
        Allen Crabtree asked the Selectmen to review the list of Goals for the purpose of consolidation or additions, also to prioritize the top five or ten goals listed.  The results will be discussed at the next board meeting.
VI.     New Business
  • Town Beach Discussion
  • Numerous complaints from the public regarding the lack of control at the Town Beach and the number of vehicles without beach stickers using the boat launch.
  • The Budget Committee decided not to fund a beach attendant for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.
  • Jim recommended hiring a minimum wage attendant to monitor the beach at peak hours.
  • The pros and cons of towing un-permitted vehicles
  • Cleaning detail needed for trash on the beach
  • Should trash cans be placed on the Town beach?
Jim Smith was asked to hire part time help to enforce the beach ordinance.

Notices regarding the Beach Ordinance will be placed in the Bridgton News, Shoppers Guide and on the sign at the Veteran’s Park.

Authorization to call a tow truck will be based on the current alarm call sequence.

Suggestion made that an Ordinance Review committee be formed to review/update Town Ordinances.

Allen Crabtree will research grant availability for a Milfoil station at the Town Beach.

  • Appointment of Fire and Rescue Positions
  • Nominees are Jason Schoolcraft, Rescue; Allen Green and Tim Smith, Fire. .Jeff Harriman moved to approve as submitted, Mose Russo seconded.  Unanimously approved with Allen Crabtree abstaining from the vote.
  • Department of Labor Findings
  • To be discussed in Executive Session
  • Sex Offender Ordinance Discussion
  • Allen Crabtree advised that the new Sex Offender Ordinance is not yet available.  The topic will be tabled to a September meeting.      
VII.    Reports from Town Officials
  • Town Manager
Marina Road Easement:  Jim and Robin Orr have requested an easement be established for their driveway.  Laurence P. Minnot, Jr., attorney for the Orr family advised that if the Town of Sebago does not grant the easement, he would seek a Prescriptive Easement.

Ann Farley requested a site walk before making a decision.  Tabled to next board meeting for a decision.

Peabody Pond Marina Porta-Potty:  Questions have been raised regarding the Town providing a porta-potty for the Peabody Pond Marina.  Jim Smith advised that the funding is included in this year’s budget.  This issue is tabled to gather additional information.

Old Town Garage:  The possibility of the Sebago Lions leasing the Old Town Garage was discussed.  The Lion’s Club will discuss the topic at their meeting and get back to the Board.

State Highways:  Town Manager, Jim Smith advised that the State is considering turning over the maintenance of Route 107, Long Hill Road and Convene Road to the Town of Sebago.

Crowe Property:  The Northwest River Road from Hwy. 114 to Kurt Christensen’s residence is owned by the Crowe heirs with all owners currently having use of the road.  Mrs. Crowe has questioned whether she should deed the road to the town, or sell it with her home.

Discussion followed as to whether the road should be accepted as a Town Road or treated as a Public Easement Road.  

  • Selectmen
The condition of the Historical Building, including required repairs and the installation of a Monitor heater were discussed.

The installation of the handicapped accessible bathroom and showers in the old Town Hall is progressing and will be completed soon.

In excess of 20 road signs have been stolen and must be replaced.

Allen Crabtree suggested the Board watch the forms of government in the towns that surround Sebago for information on the Referendum vs. the Open Floor types of Town Meetings.

FEMA currently is accepting grant requests.  Any suggestion for needs in Sebago should be brought to the Board.

The Loon Echo Land Trust will make a presentation at the next Planning Board meeting.  The Selectmen are requested to attend.

Ann Farley asked about the status of the Shoreline Zoning Ordinance.  If the DEP finds our ordinance is not in compliance, they may require the use of the State ordinance.  A Special Town meeting must be held to approve the ordinance.

There are currently 2 openings on the Planning Board that need to be filled.

  • Committees
  • No Reports
Board went into Executive Session at 8:40 PM.  No action taken.

VIII.   Adjournment at 9:45 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Lin Petersen Greene
Deputy Clerk