Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Ann Farley at 6:00 p.m.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Ann Farley, Edythe Harnden, Jim Libby, Chris Parker, Tim Mayberry, Town Manager; Jim Smith, Town Clerk and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: M.S.A.D. # 61 School Board Directors; Richard Merritt, Joseph McMahon and Fire/Rescue Chief, Ken Littlefield.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
Ann suggested letting Richard Merritt present after “Comments from the Public”
III. Written Communication
A. Approval of the June 7, 2014 Town Meeting Minutes
Jim Libby requested that under Article 6 strike “welcomes new members”. There being no other corrections, Jim Libby made a motion to approve the June 7, 2014 Town Meeting Minutes as amended. It was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
B. Approval of the June 17, 2014 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Jim Libby made a motion to approve the June 17, 2014 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
Town Clerk, Michele Bukoveckas stated that Ann Burns of the Historical Society had approached her to request using the wooden ballot box on the Sebago Days float. She insured its proper care. In addition, Michele stated that the Historical Society would provide a smaller ballot box in exchange for the larger ballot box. In the event the larger box would be needed for a “paper ballot election”, the Historical Society would let us use it. The Board approved both requests.
Michele also stated that the General Assistance Administrator stipend had been based on last year’s budget of $2,500, when only $2,000 was budgeted this year. This created over-payments (not including June’s stipend). The Board felt this was a clerical error and $2,500 should have been budgeted. Ann Farley made a motion to pay the June stipend and to continue paying the stipend based on the $2,500 amount. It was seconded by Tim Mayberry. Motion carried.
Ken Littlefield stated that the bridge at the bottom of Convene Road would be closed for repairs from July 14 to July 22. The State plans on detouring traffic to Route 114 (to go to Bridgton via Burnham Road), and/or Convene Road to Bull Ring Road in Denmark. It was stated that Folly Road would be heavily used. This will affect Fire/Rescue calls which Bridgton and Naples are aware of, and will provide mutual aid. It was stated that perhaps a fire engine could be stored at Alan Greene’s garage for calls north of the bridge. On the up side, the State will install a new fire hydrant.
- Town Meeting Discussion (Article 17)
The Policy Committee will meet sometime before the next Board meeting to make language recommendations. Ann Farley suggested that Ted Greene should be invited to share his thoughts.
A. M.S.A.D. # 61 School Board Member Richard Merritt to address the Board
Richard Merritt addressed the Board. He stated that he had been on the School Board for over 5 years. Four to Six School Board Members change annually. It takes two to two and half years to learn the process. In his five years he has strived to help keep costs down. He has made suggestions for savings with contracts and heating systems and has been met with resistance. Richard has asked the Board to look for a replacement as he would like to step down. Richard stated that he would be very willing to help the new person “catch up”.
Richard also requested that the Town should rally with the other towns in M.S.A.D. # 61, and require the school district to obtain competitive bids for busing, cafeteria services, payroll and janitorial services. He believes that there is a lot of money to be saved.
B. Disbursement Warrant
Michele stated the disbursement warrant allows for the disbursement of payroll, school payment, and State Treasurer’s checks with only one Board Members signature. All other checks will require three or more signatures before checks are disbursed. Ann Farley made a motion to approve the disbursement warrant. It was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
VII. Reports from Town Officials
Jim reported the following:
- Due to State budget cuts, our Local Road Assistance Program (formally URIP) will drop to $49, 348. This is $4,460 less than last year.
- Obtained three well drilling bids for the Public Works garage. The low bidder was Woodsome Well Drilling in Limerick at $10/foot. Phil Lowe agreed to supply the pump, pipes, and wire at his costs. This will come out of last year’s budget.
Jim Libby commented on the following:
- Budget Committee members would like more guidance from the Selectmen during the budget process.
Edythe Harnden commented on the following:
- The Fuel Fund will have a table at Sebago Days which will sell Little Caesar’s pizza kits, raffles, sell small trinkets. In addition, there will be a dunk tank (Edie is trying to get Deputy Cory Plummer to participate). The table will have a canopy over it, which will be raffled.
- Camp O AT KA will once again be having a Harvest Dinner to benefit the Fuel Fund sometime in August.
- Will be asking the Lions Club to host a dinner for the Fuel Fund.
- Asked Jim on the status of the foreclosed properties. Jim responded that he had turned the information over to the town attorneys.
Ann Farley commented on the following:
- Thursday’s Board member/Town Manager Meeting is cancelled this week.
- Would like to have a workshop with the Fire Department to begin discussions on a new Fire Station on Town land. A date of August 5th has been scheduled for the workshop.
- Will need to discuss goals at a future meeting.
Tim Mayberry commented on the following:
- Would like us to check with MMA to see if a CDL is required to move town equipment on Town property as this could be a liability issue.
Chris Parker commented on the following:
- Had been asked by a citizen why were not all Town employees subject to drug testing. Michele will check with MMA to see what other towns do.
Edythe Harnden made a motion to adjourn at 7:55 p.m. It was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas