PUBLIC HEARING ON 2015 GENERAL ASSISTANCE MAXIMUM LEVELS OF ASSISTANCE
The Public hearing was called to order at 6:00 pm by Chairman, Ann Farley. It was explained that the Maximum Levels of Assistance in the various areas (rent and food) had gone up from last year. As an example the Overall Level for a single person went from $633 last year to $638. There were more guests present than normal, so the Town Manager, Jim Smith let everyone know that Edythe Harnden had taken over the General Assistance duties. He stated that she was doing a super job and things were going well in that area. The public hearing was closed at 6:07 pm.
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:07 by Chairman, Ann Farley.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Jim Libby, Edythe Harnden, Ann Farley, Tim Mayberry, Chris Parker, Town Manager; Jim Smith, Deputy Town Clerk and Recorder, Jeanne Miller. Guests present were Benson Bowditch, Joe Aldous, Susan Tappan, Sue Bowditch, Marcia Christensen, Allen Crabtree, Denise Olsen, Steve Girardin, and Code Enforcement Officer; Brandon Woolley.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
There were no Adjustments to the Agenda.
III. Written Communication
A. Approval of the September 15, 2015 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
There were 2 changes to the Minutes of the September 15, 2015 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. . Jim Libby. proposed changing Joe Tappan to his legal name, Joe Aldous. He also noted that the Public Hearing at the SES would be held on Oct. 7th not the 5th as stated in the minutes With these changes, Ann Farley made a motion to accept the September 15, 2015 minutes. Jim Libby seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Benson Bowditch submitted a report on the stench from pigs and other farm animals at 20 Stormy Brooke Lane. He gave a hard copy to each selectman and the Code Enforcement Officer, Brandon Woolley. The report was signed by several neighbors adjacent to the land owner. Benson Bowditch read his report. The report explained health issues the pigs could cause. It stated the complaints that had been made to the owner of the animals and the town officials. Mr. Bowditch was under the impression that no one had done anything to address this problem. The Code Enforcement Officer; Brandon Woolley, informed the group of what actions have been taken and that the Department of Agriculture was going to come and inspect the property and animals. If there seems to be any abuse to the animals by the inspection, Animal
Protection will get involved. Because there has been some actions taken by the town, that the neighbors seemed to be unaware of it. It was decided that Brandon Woolley would keep Joe Aldous informed as to progress of the situation.
A project in SAD 61 was the next order of business. Allen Crabtree spoke on the proposal for a 9.6 million dollar extension to the Crooked River Elementary School. There have been rumors of closing Sebago Elementary School but the Superintendent claims that bond to renovate Crooked River School is not connected to any school closing.
Two issues are overcrowding of some of the Elementary schools and under population in other Elementary schools. Allen Crabtree asked for a committee to be formed that would look into what it would cost for Sebago Elementary students to be sent to the Crooked River Elementary School if the proposed renovations were to take place and the Sebago Elementary were closed plus the cost to keep the Sebago Elementary open. On December 8 there will be a district wide referendum to approve or deny the Crooked River Expansion. There will be a public meeting on October 7 on the 9.6 million dollar expansion to be held at the Sebago Elementary School.
There was a short discussion on scheduling of CIP and Budget meetings. It was requested that Jim send out letters regarding CIP meetings starting on November 2 and Budget meetings starting on January 4.
A. Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Schedule (Nov-Mar)
There will be one meeting a month; the first Tuesday each month.
B. Moving Meeting Location on November 3rd due to Election
The meeting will be moved to the other room on November 3, 2015.
C. Approval of the 2015 General Assistance Maximums
Ann Farley made a motion to accept the 2015 General Assistance Maxims A thru C for the period October 15, 2015 thru September 30, 2015. Edythe seconded the motion. The motion carried.
VII. Reports from Town Officials
Jim Smith reported/stated the following:
- Jim got an email about the Bateman Purchase that asked for a 2 week extension for the closing. Tim Mayberry made a motion to grant an extension for 2 weeks. Jim Libby seconded the motion. The motion carried. Edythe Harnden was opposed.
Jim Libby commented/reported on the following:
- Road crack sealing: Orchard Road, Winn Mountain, Robinson Hill, River Road all need repairs. Jim Smith received prices on these roads that were affordable. Contractors will be going forward with road crack sealing.
Edythe Harnden commented/reported on the following:
- Her General Assistance oil man is from Standish. He gave her some tips on ways to help residents save money.
- Some people cannot afford to pay for ambulance rides. If they pay a certain amount with their tax bill, there is no charge for an ambulance ride.
- Students from a Vocational School stay at the rescue department. They get paid only if they go on a call, but they have a place to stay. Could these sorts of things be implemented in Sebago?
Tim Mayberry commented/reported on the following:
- The lip at lower entrance to Town Hall is a little too high.
- There are not enough refrigerators at the Town Hall.
Chris Parker commented/reported on the following:
- Saw Kenny Chase and he thought there was an excavator being sent over to the cemetery to put the wall stones back in place, but Chris knew that wasn’t the case. He wanted to know when the back hoe was going to be sent. Jim said when Kenny Chase was going to be there, they would send someone over.
Ann Farley commented/reported on the following:
- There is a flood on the Folly Road caused by a beaver dam and recent heavy rains. The screen needs to be taken out.
- Port-a-potties need to be taken care of. Jim said often times; they were left over the winter without being charged for them.
- The Cupola on the Historical Society needs to be fixed along with the front steps to the Town Office.
- Linda May sent a note to the Selectmen about the piece of her land that was taken by the Town as part of the bridge construction. Jim talked to the surveyor on the Folly Road Bridge and had the part of the property that belonged to Linda May taken off.
- Executive Session, Pursuant to Title 1 § 405 (6)(c) Disposition of Publicly Held Property
There was no Executive Session.
Edythe made a motion to adjourn at 7:53 pm. Tim Mayberry seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Deputy Town Clerk