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Board of Selectmen Minutes 03/16/2010
6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

All Regular Board of Selectmen Meetings ARE held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of Each Month.


A public hearing will be held at the Town Offices on March 16, 2010 at
6:00 pm. on the following ordinances:

        Amended Sex Offender
        Dog Ordinance
        Street Light Ordinance

Copies of the proposed ordinances are available at the Town Office.  Regular Board of Selectmen Meeting/Workshop to follow.

Call to Order
Allen Crabtree called the Public Hearing to order at 6:04 pm.
  • Roll Call
Present were: Selectmen; Allen Crabtree, Ann Farley, Jeff Harriman, Mose Russo III, Edythe Harnden joined the meeting at 6:40 p.m.,Town Manager; Jim Smith and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas.  Guests present were: Jim Libby, Ted Greene, Ann Burns, Abe Parker, Dana Batchelder, Recreation Director; Corinne Davis, and Public Works Director; Dan Nowell.

Amended Sex Offender Ordinance- Allen Crabtree explained that an ordinance was adopted in 2007.  Due to changes in state law, our ordinance needed to be changed in order to comply.  Some of the changes include definitions and restrictions.  Ted Greene inquired what was the intent of “children as primary users” in the Municipal Restricted Property definition.  Jim Smith will check with Town Attorney, Amy Tchao to see if clarification is required in the ordinance.  If needed, another Public Hearing will be held on March 30th.

        Dog Ordinance- It was explained that this ordinance mirrors State Law. Ted Greene asked if the ordinance would cover wolves?  This will be looked into, and if needed, brought back to another Public Hearing on March 30th.

        Street Light Ordinance- It was explained that this ordinance mirrors several towns.  It stipulates that the Board will use certain criteria to determine the placement of street lights. The public expressed concern regarding the removal of street lights in some areas of Town primarily Camp O AT KA and across from the library by the school. The Board will look into this issue.

        Allen Crabtree asked Jim Libby to report on the Public Hearings held by the Planning Board.

        Land Use- Jim Libby stated that there were no comments on this ordinance.

        Shoreland Zoning- Ted Greene stated that although he sees areas of improvement in the map for the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, he still sees a couple of areas of concern that he feels are not accurately designated and need to be addressed.  He pointed out a “swampy” bog type area on the map that literally dries up in the summer months, and a stream that is located in the Long Beach area (on the existing Rockcraft property) which is not designated on the map at all.  It was stated that if the town chooses to designate the “single” stream as being in a Resource Protection Zone, this can be done.  

        Allen Crabtree closed the Public Hearing at 6:48 pm.

II.     Adjustments to the Agenda
        Allen Crabtree added a discussion with the Recreation Director under New Business.

III.    Written Communication
  • Approval of the March 2, 2010 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
                Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the March 2, 2010                Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes.  It was seconded by Edythe         Harnden.  Motion carried, with Ann Farley abstaining.

  • Comments from the Public
Jim Libby stated that there was an emergency at the Nazarene Church recently and that a wrong address was given (the parsonage instead of the church).  He asked that this issue be clarified.

Dana Batchelder-asked questions regarding dredging of the Northwest River. He had concerns on whether or not we got our monies worth.  He was told that we did.

V.      Old Business
  • Warrant Articles
Allen Crabtree stated that he had drafted three (3) new warrant articles and asked the Board for their approval.  The articles are:
  • Disbursement of franchise fees from Time Warner to Lake Region Television, amount to be determined.  The Board would like to discuss this further at the Budget Meeting Monday night.
  • $900 appropriation to help fund Historical Society Programs.  The Board stated they would like to place this on warrant.
  • $1,200 appropriation to help fund the Food Pantry.  The Board stated they would like to place this on warrant.
  • It was stated that there may a warrant article regarding funding the Daytime Rescue Account.  This will be determined at a later time.
  • New Business
  • Recreation Discussion
Corinne Davis stated that she is trying to properly budget for programs.  She did state that she collects revenues to help off-set the costs of her program.  Due to Corinne’s other commitments, it is difficult for her to effectively run a successful program for adults.  Jim Smith stated that some of Lin’s hours will be transferred from the Clerk’s Office to the Recreation Department. Lin would co-ordinate programs for adults.  She will be looking for activities that will interest the adults in the community.  

        Allen Crabtree asked Greg Smith to update those present of the School Board Meeting which was held on Monday, March 15th.  Greg stated that the school was listed as one of five non-Title I schools, along with five Title I schools.  Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), states must identify schools with low achievement test results to qualify for federal funding.  Reasons being low test scores and drop out rates.  This is very grave as the district could stand to loose federal funding.  There are several options available, and the district needs to act quickly.  Greg suggested that everyone contact School Board Members in timely manner.  

VII.    Reports from Town Officials
  • Town Manager
                        Informed the Board that 4 trees had been removed from the
Town Beach.  The trees were dying, and there was fear that
the trees could have cause damage to property or people in
future.  The trees were cut and removed for $1,200 plus the
wood.  The stumps will be removed and gravel will be hauled in to help increase parking.

Jim also stated that he would like to finalize the changing of the Town Office Hours.  He stated that the hours had been in place for some time and seemed to be working very well.  He stated that additionally, the changes would have to be made in the Personnel Policy. He would like the authority to set departmental hours given to the Town Manager.  Ann made a motion to amend the Personnel Policy.  It was seconded by Mose Russo.  Motion carried with Edythe Harnden being opposed.  Ann Farley made a motion to continue with the current Town Office Hours (Tuesday 10am-7pm, and Wednesday-Friday 8am-5pm).  It was seconded by Mose Russo.  Motion carried with Edythe Harnden opposed.

  • Selectmen
Allen Crabtree asked when the lock at the Town Hall will be fixed.  Jim Smith stated that Dan is working on it.

C.      Committees
        Jim Libby commented that the Planning Board discussed the proposal from GPCOG.  The Planning Board feels they worked very long and hard on the Comprehensive Plan and would like to give it a chance.  Ann Farley will contact Neal Allen and tell him that the Town will not be utilizing their services at this time.

  • Executive Session pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss Personnel Matter
  • Mose Russo made a motion to enter into Executive Session pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss a Personnel Matter at 9:13pm.  It was seconded by Jeff Harriman.  Motion carried.
        Ann Farley made a motion to return to regular session at 9:22pm.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.  There was no action taken during Executive Session.

  • The Board will hold an Executive Session pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss Personnel Matter (Town Manager’s Performance Evaluation) on March 30th at 7:00 pm.  
IX.     Adjournment
Jeff Harriman made a motion to adjourn at 9:23pm.  It was seconded by Mose Russo.  Motion carried.


The Board went into their goal setting workshop at 9:23pm.  They decided to postpone their goal setting workshops until May.  The workshop was concluded at 9:31pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk