CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Ann Farley at 6:00 pm.
I. ROLL CALL
Present were Selectmen: Ann Farley, Edythe Harnden, Phil Lowe, Tim Mayberry, Chris Parker, Town Manager; Jim Smith, Town Clerk & Recorder, Michele Bukoveckas. Guests present were: Bette-Jean Espeaignette, Donelle Allen, June Allen, Jim Libby, Karen Moore, Philip Strike, Joseph McMahon, Joanne Chessey, Allen Crabtree, June Johnson, Richard Merritt and Rita Dolloff.
II. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
B. Withdrawal Committee Discussion
C. Town Hall Kitchen Discussion
III. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
A. Approval of the October 4, 2016 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Edythe Harnden made a motion to approve the October 4, 2016 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes. It was seconded by Phil Lowe. Motion carried with Tim Mayberry abstaining.
IV. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Jim Libby stated that there will be a Harvest Supper this Saturday at the Crooked River Elementary School from 4:30-6pm to benefit 7 local food pantries on the West Side of Sebago Lake. He also stated that there was not much notice concerning the Power Point presentation that would be occurring this evening. He felt there would have been a greater attendance if it was better advertised.
Ted Greene wanted to comment on the fire at Inner Island from the last meeting. He said it was stated that ½ the island was in Naples and that Naples collected some tax revenue. Ted stated that this is incorrect as the map shows that the island is in Sebago. He encouraged the Town to look into this issue.
V. OLD BUSINESS
There was none.
VI. NEW BUSINESS
A Power Point Presentation from Sebago Withdrawal Committee
Allen Crabtree’s presentation was a timeline walk through of the committee’s work. Allen stated that if successful, the withdrawal would not take effect until July 1, 2018. The
presentation showed the ups and downs of the negotiations, and what the sticking points were. Some of these items include:
- A school of guarantee acceptance for future students
- Tuition costs
- Number of buses
- Employee contracts
- Costs of Bonds
Tim Mayberry stated that Dr. Eastman (a consultant the committee is working with), is researching other districts to see if they would be willing to accept Sebago students in the event of a withdrawal.
It was stated we have received verbal acceptance, but we need written acceptance.
B. Withdrawal Committee Discussion
Phil Lowe stated that the committee is spending approximately 2-3 thousand dollars a month. To date $18,318.84 has been spent, leaving $8,537.64 (Michele provided the figures). The committee
stated there are many more months of negotiating left and that more funds would be needed. The committee stated they would like to have another referendum to ask for additional funds. Any unused funds would go back into the undesignated fund. Michele
stated that the referendum would require posting 7 days prior, with a public hearing 10 days prior, and that absentee ballots would have to be ready 30 days prior. Ann Farley made a motion to schedule a referendum on
January 24, 2017 to request $25,000 from the Undesignated Fund Balance for the Withdrawal Committee. The motion was seconded by Chris Parker. Motion carried.
C. Town Hall Kitchen Issues
Several members of the public expressed the need for a new stove at the Town Hall. Handouts were distributed showing that stoves were available at a reasonable costs. Phil Lowe made a motion to
have the Town Manager proceed to acquire a new stove with needed elements (hood, fire suppression etc) and to bring quotes back to the Board at the next meeting. It was seconded by Tim Mayberry. Motion carried.
VII. REPORTS FROM TOWN OFFICALS
A. Town Manager
Jim Smith reported/commented on the following:
- Received a quote for a concrete pad at the Transfer Station in the amount of $2,300.00.
- Received an estimate from Arthur Memorials to fix stones at the Fitch Yard and McDonald Yard in the amount of $1,180.00. He stated he could have the work done by the end of November.
- Mentioned he sent information to MMA Legal regarding Camp O AT KA’s application for tax exemption. MMA stated that more information is needed, but based on current information, many requirements have been met under Maine Law for the exemption.
Chris Parker reported/commented on the following:
- Inquired how long Davy would continue working at the Transfer Station. Jim Smith stated the middle of October.
Ann Farley reported/commented on the following:
- Noticed the buoys at the Town Beach had been removed, but the dock had not. Jim Smith stated he will contact Cal Nichols regarding removing the dock.
- Asked the Board if they wanted to continue with the Thursday morning meetings with the manager. The Board decided to end the Thursday meetings for now as the majority of the members work.
Edythe Harnden had nothing to report.
Phil Lowe reported/commented on the following:
- Felt that a letter of resignation from the Town Manager, post dated June 2017, would be in order. He felt that this would “clear the path” to begin a search.
Tim Mayberry reported/commented on the following:
- Asked the Town Manager to write a letter to the Department of Transportation in Scarborough concerning the shoulders on Route 107. Tim stated that if the shoulders are left untreated, they will more damage to the roads and plows this winter.
Edythe Harnden made a motion to adjourn at 7:40 pm. It was seconded by Phil Lowe. Motion carried.
Michele A. Bukoveckas