Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Chairman, Ann Farley.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Jim Libby, Edythe Harnden, Ann Farley, Chris Parker, Town Manager; Jim Smith, Town Clerk and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were, Joseph McMahon, Phil Strike, Allen Crabtree, Grosvenor Newcomb, Joe Aldous, Susan Tappan, Sue Bowditch, Marcia Christensen, Claudia Lowe, Phil Lowe, Richard Merritt, Justin Fariel, Jason Jendrasko of Benchmark, Denise Olsen, and Code Enforcement Officer; Brandon Woolley. Selectmen; Tim Mayberry joined the meeting at 7:10 pm.
II. Written Communication
A. Approval of the October 6, 2015 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Jim Libby made a motion to approve the minutes as amended. It was seconded by Edythe Harnden. Motion carried.
Ann Farley stated there were four (4) abatements which would be discussed prior to the workshop. In addition, she stated the CIP discussion would take place after the workshop.
III. Comments from the Public
Ann asked the public to keep their comments short as the Board is meeting with a contractor at 6:30 pm.
Joe Aldous submitted a petition signed by residents asking the Board to take action regarding the pig farm. They would like something to be done within 6 months to a year. He stated that they had contacted the sheriff’s office who stated that this was an issue for the town to handle. Mr. Aldous referred to
Title 22 § 1561: Removal of private nuisance
When any source of filth whether or not the cause of sickness is found on private property and deemed to be potentially injurious to health, the owner or occupant thereof shall, within 24 hours after notice from the local health officer, at his own expense, remove or discontinue it. If he neglects or unreasonably delays to do so, he forfeits not discontinued, and all expenses thereof shall be repaid to the town by such owner or occupant, or by the person who caused or permitted it. [1973, c. 430,
Code Enforcement Officer, Brandon Woolley stated that the Department of Agriculture had visited the site and made recommendations. The state will continue to monitor the situation and will return for additional visits. Brandon stated the owner is continuing to clean up, and is even building additional pens to rotate the pigs. He just needs time.
Brandon also stated that the ordinances could be amended, but that would take time and the approval of the Legislative Body.
Richard Merritt addressed the Board concerning the upcoming school district referendum. Richard distributed a time line of events which has lead up to the referendum vote on December 8, 2015. The referendum is asking the district to spend 9.6 million to renovate Crocked River, of which Sebago would be responsible for 92K a year. This could result in the closure of Sebago Elementary. Richard stated that a committee has been formed to defeat this project at the ballot box as they feel this is unnecessary. In addition, he and the committee were present this evening to ask the Board to write a letter of intent to the School District stating that Sebago is exploring the option of withdrawing
from the district. This would send a clear message to the district that Sebago disapproves of the expansion project and the transportation of our children to other schools in the district.
Town Clerk/Tax Collector; Michele Bukoveckas stated that there are four (4) tax abatements:
- 016-013 Town property which was not made exempt. Amount $168.53
- 016-014 Town property which was not made exempt. Amount $355.38
- 006-048 Town property which was not made exempt. Amount $646.88.
- 006-042 Property is deteriorated below market value. Amount $2,188.36.
Jim Libby made a motion to approve the above abatements. It was seconded by Edythe Harnden. Motion carried.
WORKSHOP 6:30 pm
At 6:30 pm the Board went into a workshop.
The meeting reconvened at 8:10 pm.
A. CIP Discussion
Jim Libby presented figures for an open-air shelter which would house the excavator, backhoe and grader as requested by Public Works Director; Neal Farwell. It was stated that funding could be derived through the CIP process and funds from the UFB (warrant article would be needed). Discussion revolved around the need for housing these vehicles versus the cost of building the shelter with an estimated cost of $45,579. Jim Libby made a motion stating this proposal was not cost effective and to not move it forward to the CIP Committee. Ann Farley seconded the motion. Motion carried.
M.S.A.D. # 61 Crooked River School Renovations
Discussion revolved around the $9.6 million renovation project for Crooked River and Richard Merritt’s request for the Board to write a letter of intent to explore withdrawing from the district. Ann Farley made a motion to write a letter
of intent to explore the possibility withdrawing from the district. It was seconded by Tim Mayberry. Motion carried. It was recommended that Jim Smith contact the Town’s Attorney for direction.
Edythe Harnden made a motion to adjourn at 8:20 pm. It was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas