TOWN OF SEBAGO
BOARD OF SELECTMEN’S MEETING
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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 by Chairman, Allen Crabtree at 6:05 p.m.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Allen Crabtree, Ann Farley, Jeff Harriman, Edythe Harnden, Mose Russo III, Town Manager; Jim Smith, and Recorder; Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: Public Works Director; Dan Nowell, Fire Chief; Ken Littlefield, Abe Parker, and John Likshis of Lake Region Television.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
There were none.
III. Written Communication
- Approval of the March 16, 2010 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Ann Farley made a motion to approve the March 16, 2010 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
- Approval of the March 30, 2010 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Jeff Harriman made a motion to approve the March 30, 2010 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Ann Farley. Motion carried.
There were none.
Article 14-This article addresses the shortfall in the Daytime Rescue account. The Board asked Michele to enter $20,000 for an amount. This amount could be reduced at Town Meeting if necessary.
Article 11- This article addresses funding for Lake Region Television. The Board stated they would like a “stand alone” article with an appropriation of $500. Michele stated that a grant exists in the General Ledger with $2,700 in it. The Board asked if this account could be used for Lake Region Television. Michele will look into the specifics of the grant, if these funds can be used, there will be no need for the article.
Article 17- The Nov. 1st and May 1st dates fall on days that the office is not open. The Board would like to have the article changed to read “....taxes will be due on the first Tuesday of November and the first Tuesday of May”
Mose Russo III made a motion to approve the warrant as amended. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
The Board would like to have the warrant ready to sign at the next Board meeting
- Lake Region Television Discussion
John Likshis from Lake Region Television addressed the Board. John explained the different services he provides to area towns, which include full televised coverage of Board Meetings to just listing events on a bulletin board. He stated that this venue is perfect to promote events that are occurring in town. John stated that funding varies from town to town.
- Ordinance Certification for the May 25, 2010 Referendum Vote (Sex Offender, Dog, Street Light, Land Use and Shoreland Zoning)
Ann Farley made a motion to certify the above ordinances for the May 25, 2010 referendum. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
- Fee Schedule for Hazardous Waste
Michele stated that as it currently stands, revenues from the Transfer Station and Universal Waste are more than expenses. The Board requested that the Town Manager and Public Works Director develop a Universal Waste and Hazardous Waste Fee Schedule prior to the Annual Town Meeting.
VII. Reports from Town Officials
Jim stated that he and Michele discussed the possibility of having property taxes paid quarterly. Currently, expenses are fairly static through the year where as revenues spike twice a year. Quarterly payments would not only make it easier on the tax payer, but would improve cash flow. Area towns that have quarterly payments have seen their collection rate improve. Michele was asked to develop an article for the newsletter which would essentially poll the taxpayers for their preference.
Allen Crabtree commented on the following:
- May 18th is the M.S.A.D. # 61 budget vote at the High School, therefore, the Board of Selectmen’s meeting will be canceled.
- May 25th is the M.S.A.D # 61 Budget Validation vote as well as electing municipal officials and voting on local referendums (ordinances)
- Commented that no action will be taken regarding the citizen that keeps contacting the Public Works Director. It was stated that the citizen has been advised to contact the Town Manager with all questions.
- Asked the Town Manager and Public Works Director to look into purchase a “speed” sign for the North Sebago area that will encompass Richard Merritt’s area, Long Beach and other areas around town.
- Executive Session pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss a Personnel Matter
Jeff Harriman made a motion to enter into Executive Session pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6) (A) to Discuss a Personnel Matter at 7:55 p.m. It was seconded by Mose Russo III. Motion carried.
Jeff Harriman made a motion to return to regular session at 8:52 p.m. It was seconded by Edythe Harnden. Motion carried.
No actions were taken during the Executive Session.
The Board presented the Town Manager with his performance evaluation for the period March 2009 through March 2010, and with it an amendment to his employment agreement addressing salary and vacation time. All parties being in agreement, the Board and the Town Manager signed the amendment to the employment agreement.
Allen Crabtree regretfully submitted his resignation as Selectman, effective April 12, 2010 to accept a short-term position with the U.S. Census. Federal regulations prohibit the Census employing anyone who is currently serving as an elected official. He said that he is not happy about stepping down as Selectman while he still has six weeks left before his term of office expires, but has been unable to find a way to continue as Selectman and still meet the demands of the Census. He hopes that the Board and the voters understand that this Census position is an employment opportunity he cannot afford to pass up, and that it will only be for the short period while Census enumeration is going on this spring and early summer. He intends to run for reelection as Selectman and if the voters choose to
reelect him, then he will be able to serve again as Selectman for the Town of Sebago after elections.
Ann Farley made a motion to accept Allen’s resignation with regrets. Seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion passed.
Ann Farley made a motion to adjourn at 8:58 p.m. It was seconded by Edythe Harnden. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas