Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Ann Farley at 6:03 pm.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Ann Farley, Allen Crabtree, Edythe Harnden, Jeff Harriman, Town Manager; James Smith III, Town Clerk and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: Jerry Holt, Marjorie and Jim Jansz, and Code Enforcement Officer; Brandon Woolley.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
Jim Smith stated that he would like to add Code Enforcement options to Comments from the Public.
III. Written Communication
- Approval of the January 15, Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Ann Farley had one correction. Allen Crabtree made a motion to approve the minutes with the correction. It was seconded by Jeff Harriman. Motion carried.
Jim and Marjorie Jansz addressed the Board concerning a pipeline that is being considered to carry tar sand from Canada to Portland for further processing. Their concern is that this could be a safety issue. They wanted to see if the Board had been discussing placing this item on the Town Warrant in June. It was stated that Casco was placing the item on their Town Meeting Warrant. Mr. Jansz expressed concerns that there is a pipeline that has taken crude from Portland to Montreal for the last 70 years. Since it goes through Raymond and Casco, should any issues happen it could jeopardize Sebago Lake. There was discussion regarding what impact would a resolution from Sebago do, as the pipeline does not even go through Sebago. Sebago has no jurisdiction. Allen Crabtree asked that the Jansz’s
get a petition from interested voters to place the article on the warrant and bring it back at the next meeting.
Town Manager, Jim Smith stated that he will be proposing that the Code Enforcement Officer be full time. Although this will be an increase to the operating budget, it will be beneficial to the Town. Allen made a motion to have the Town Manager move forward on this issue. It was seconded by Ann Farley. Motion carried.
- Land for Town Preserve Follow-up Discussion
The Board referenced a letter they received from Loon Echo Trust which described that the Town would receive a Conservation Easement. The Board feels that with an easement, the Town does not gain anything that we wouldn’t get without the contribution. Originally, the Board thought the Town would acquire title. The Board asked Jerry Holt to contact Loon Echo Trust and get more information or clarification regarding this issue and bring it back at the next meeting.
It was stated that a policy should be developed that outlines what criteria will be used to determine whether or not the Town will use the Land Acquisition fund to purchase land.
- Appoint Budget Committee Member
The Town Manager is waiting to hear back from a resident to see if they are interested. This will be placed on the next agenda.
- Investment Options for Reserve Accounts
Jim Smith stated that although many options are available for businesses, the Town does not have as many options available as these are public funds. The investment options that are available would offer a small increase in rates. The Board decided to take no action at this time.
The projected CIP budget exceeds this year’s budget by $64,922 dollars. It was explained that this is to “catch up” on Engine 2. It was stated that if the vehicle could pass an inspection and pump test, we may be able to reduce that line item. Ann Farley made a motion to have an independent opinion on Engine 2 before the next meeting. It was seconded by Allen Crabtree. Motion carried. Allen Crabtree suggested that within 3 years of replacing a vehicle, the Town should get an outside entity to look at the condition of the vehicle, get useful life estimates, maintenance records, and replacement estimates to give a clearer picture of what needs to be budgeted.
- Town Report Dedication/ Memoriam
Memoriam will be for Donald Olden Sr., Robert Greene, and Herbert Lehmann. Dedications will be for Ann Burns and Barbara Thorne.
VII. Reports from Town Officials
Jim Smith reported the following:
- D.O.T. will be replacing a culvert on the Bridgton Road, near the old Town Garage.
- Feels that the Town should go out to bid when hauling sand and therefore has received a copy of Denmark’s Sand Hauling Specs to use as a guideline.
Edythe Harnden reported the following:
- Was happy to hear that Aaron Shapiro has given the “green light” to move ahead on the last weatherization project. She will contact W.F. Treehouses to let him know to move ahead.
Allen Crabtree reported the following:
- Asked the Board to review the letter he wrote regarding the Governor’s proposed budget. The Board stated that it was very well written. The Board signed the letter and asked Michele to send it out to our State Representatives. Allen also requested she scan and email him a copy.
- M.S.A.D. # 61 is looking for a representative to be on an Ad Hoc Committee for Review of Elementary School Facilities. Allen volunteered as the primary representative with Ann as the alternate. Board approved the appointments.
- The Board should review the Sebago Elementary School report at the next meeting.
Jeff Harriman reported the following:
- Read an article regarding a town that seceded from their school district. He will bring it in to share.
- Informed Edythe that Hancock Lumber and Home Depot might have Community Outreach Programs that could help with the Weatherization Grant.
- Executive Session, Pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6) (F) to Discuss a Poverty Abatement
The Executive Session was not required.
Ann Farley made a motion to adjourn at 7:50pm. It was seconded by Allen Crabtree. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas