Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Ann Farley.
I. Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Chris Parker, Ann Farley, Edythe Harnden, Jim Libby, Tim Mayberry, Town Manager; Jim Smith, Town Clerk and Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: Anne and Joe McMahon, Ben Bowditch, June Allen, Carla Lutriciese, Donelle Allen, Linda May, Ann Burns, Michael and Jane Foye, Charles and Karen Frechette, Wayne Rivet, Amanda Irish, Nancy Thompson, Michelle and Michael Vacchiano, Grosvenor Newcomb, Allen Crabtree, Chris Anderson, Denise Olsen, Carl Dolloff, Douglas Horne, Marjie and James Jansz, Janice Barter, Sherrie Small,
M.S.A.D. # 61; Al Smith, Erica and Ryan Anderson, James Splude, Thomas and Ashton Cutting, June and Donald Berry, Margaret Allen, Jerry Holt, Phil Strike, Richard Merritt, Annette Thomas, Lisa Johnson, David and Beth McCarthy, Douglas Newton, Carroll and Barbara Cutting, Ed Fitzgerald, Mary Mackinnon, Justin Fariel, Carrie Smith, Jeremy Turon, Amanda Dearborn, Phil Shane and Claudia Lowe.
II. Adjustments to the Agenda
There were none.
III. Written Communication
A. Approval of the November 3, 2015 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Jim Libby made a motion to approve the November 3, 2015 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Edythe Harnden. Motion carried.
IV. Comments from the Public
Ann stated that this was not a public hearing, but would allow the public to address the Superintendent for about 15minutes as the meeting had to continue and that a workshop was to follow.
V. New Business
A. Discussion with Superintendent of M.S.A.D. # 61, Al Smith
Superintendent Al Smith addressed the Board and public. Mr. Smith stated that the School Board looked at several options in addressing the overcrowding issue. It was decided that renovating Crooked River Elementary School (CRES) was the best solution for the following reasons:
- It is “bones good”, that is, the exterior is sound. It would create an envelope around the new building.
- It would be very energy efficient.
- Allow for future expansion.
In his presentation, Mr. Smith went over the building designs and showing what the proposed renovations will look like. He stated the new building could also serve as a community center. The district will be having a referendum
to vote on the renovation on
December 8, 2015.
The Board of Selectmen stated that the main concern by those present was that the intent of the project was to eventually close Sebago Elementary. They stated that this issue has been discussed before. Al stated that he never said or recommended the closure of Sebago Elementary.
Questions centered on the following:
- Negotiating Sebago out of the debt, since Sebago children would not be attending CRES.
- Where is the policy/mission statement regarding all towns educating their children in their own town schools. (policy cannot be found at this time)
- If Sebago approves the referendum, then the district will not close Sebago Elementary.
Al Smith stated that he knows Sebago has begun the process of withdrawal from the district. He stated that he wished talks had occurred before the process had begun, but stated that there is
time to talk before the process is complete. He welcomed the opportunity to speak with those concerned to see if a compromise can be reached.
B. Date Selection for Public Hearing and Special Town Meeting Referendum
Ann Farley made a motion to set the Public Hearing on the Withdrawal Petition for January 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Town Hall, and to hold the Special Town Meeting Referendum on the Withdrawal Petition on February 2, 2016, polls to be open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The motion was seconded by Edythe Harnden. Motion carried.
C. Discharge of a General Assistance Lien
Michele explained that this discharge is for mortgage payments made on behalf of a general assistance recipient. She explained that unlike a tax lien which foreclosures, a general assistance lien is only redeemable upon the death of the recipient or the sale of the property. The recipient is now deceased and the mortgage company has paid off the lien. Jim Libby made a motion to discharge the general assistance lien. It was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
D. Old Photocopier Sale Discussion
Michele stated that the old copier is five years old, but functional. In addition, we have 5 toner cartridges and 1 waste cartridge. She felt the copier could be used by someone and would like to list the copier and toner cartridges for sale. She would like to start the asking price at $200. Chris Parker made a motion to list the copier and cartridges for sale with a starting price of $200.00. It was seconded by Tim Mayberry. Motion carried.
VI. Reports from Town Officials
Jim Smith commented/reported on the following:
- Met with Trout Unlimited. They are willing to research funding to re-located the current hydrant at Nason’s Beach to a new area on the other side of the road. In addition, they would be willing to supply the pipe needed for the new hydrant. This will enable the fish to spawn.
- The road crew has placed gravel and fixed Spider View Road so it is ready for plowing. Jim will notify Anderson’s and Sons and have the road added to the winter plowing contract.
Chris Parker reported/commented on the following:
- The cemetery on Convene Road has not been repaired. Chris feels the stones should be picked up before the plowing season in order to prevent further damage. Jim Smith stated the road crew will do the work.
- Noticed that sealing of the roads had begun, and asked if it would be completed soon. Jim stated it should be complete by the end of next week.
Tim Mayberry had nothing to comment.
Edythe Harnden reported/commented on the following:
- Commented on the plowing of Allen Road. She inquired whether we should be plowing the road since we turn around on the private section (which we should not be doing). She feels a different turn around should be developed.
- Standish has a program where students train with their EMS staff and provide room and board. Would like Jim to look into this a possibility for Sebago.
Jim Libby reported/commented on the following:
- Feels that the CIP meetings have been unsatisfactory. He stated that starting in November was too early. Ample time is needed to ensure funds approved at Town Meeting have been transferred into the proper accounts. He also stated that more communication is needed to ensure that a quorum is present at every meeting. He also would like to see stronger Selectmen participation in the process.
- Several members will need to be appointed in 2016. He stated the Board should be vigilant when appointing the committee next year.
- Would like the Town Manger to secure solid numbers in regards to cement pads for the containers at the transfer station.
Ann Farley reported/commented on the following:
- She and Chris Parker will be meeting with the Town Manager this Thursday at 9:00 am.
Tim Mayberry made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 pm. It was seconded by Jim Libby. Motion carried.
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