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Board of Selectmen Minutes 04/18/2017


CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Chairman Ann Farley.

I.      ROLL CALL
Present were Selectmen: Ann Farley, Tim Mayberry Edythe Harnden, Chris Parker, Phil Lowe, Town Manager: Jim Smith, Town Clerk and Recorder; Michele Bukoveckas.  Guests present were: Code Enforcement Officer; Brandon Woolley, Fire Chief; Ken Littlefield, Phil Strike, Claudia Lowe, Tina Vanesse, Deb Howard and Nick Sampson from Re-Vision Energy..

II.     ADJUSTMENTS TO THE AGENDA
        Ken Littlefiled will be placed first on the agenda to explain the Fire Truck donation.

III.    WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

                A.      Approval of the March 7, 2017 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Phil Lowe made a motion to approve the March 7, 2017 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.
        
                B.      Approval of the March 16, 2017 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Phil Lowe made a motion to approve the March 16, 2017 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes.  It was seconded by Tim Mayberry.  Motion carried.
        
                C.      Approval of the March 28, 2017 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Phil Lowe made a motion to approve the March 16, 2017 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes.  It was seconded by Tim Mayberry.  Motion carried.

        
IV.     COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
        The fire truck is a 1973 AWD Forestry. Ken explained that the truck would be a donation from Brian Hogan from Casco. Lake Region Fire Apparatus has “gone over” the truck and have found it in good condition (mechanically stable).  He stated that he needs to have discussions regarding the terms and conditions of the donation with Brian (do we return it when we no longer have use, do we own, can we sell it etc). Ken stated that the truck will fit in Station 2 and that he does not see this as a large expense to the town. It would not be a CIP vehicle as Ken is not looking to replace it.  Ann Farley made a motion to accept the fire truck donation based on satisfactory negotiations.  It was seconded by Phil Lowe.  Motion carried.  Ken will ask the appropriate questions and bring this back to the Board.

V.      OLD BUSINESS
                A.      Solar Energy Presentation
Nick Sampson presented the solar array proposal to the Board.  This proposal would  allow Re Vision Energy to build a solar array on town property. The Town would enter into a contract (PPA (Purchase Power Agreement) at no up-front cost. The Town would purchase electricity generated by the array from ReVision Energy, and after six years the Town would have option to purchase the array from ReVision Energy at a reduced buyout cost or continue using the PPA. During this six year period, ReVision Energy would own and maintain the array.  It was stated that when the array generates more electricity than what is used, the excess power goes back to the grid and earns a credit against CMP bills .  It is estimated that the off set would be about 96%. It was stated that this would offset 9 accounts (We can not use the street light account as there are no meters for street lights).  The suggested location is on the roof of the sand/salt shed as it has southern exposure.  Phil Lowe made a motion to move forward with a warrant article to present this endeavor at the June Town Meeting.  It was seconded by Ann Farley.  Motion carried.  The Board will hold an informational meeting prior to the Annual Town Meeting.

                B.      Budget Discussion
                        Michele stated that two changes were made:
  • Increased the Administration Computer Contract Account by $1,400.  She stated that SystemsArchitecture was raising their fees by that amount.
  • Increased State Revenue Sharing with revised figures from MMA.
Ann Farley made a motion to approve the budget at a total of $2,175.403.  It was seconded by Phil Lowe.  Motion carried.
                
                C.      Ordinance Review Discussion
        Brandon stated that many towns are adopting moratoriums regarding marijuana establishments.  He stated that he has had some inquires regarding such establishments.  Brandon drafted a moratorium ordinance that he feels should be presented at town meeting for adoption.  Tim Mayberry made a motion to move forward with the moratorium at town meeting after legal review.  It was seconded by Phil Lowe.   Motion carried.  Brandon will forward the draft to the Town Attorney for review.  It was also stated that a Public Hearing would have to be held prior to Town Meeting.  The Board will hold a Public Hearing on May 18th at 6pm.

                D.      Solar Energy Discussion
                        Previously discussed.
                        
VI.     NEW BUSINESS
                A.      Acceptance of a Fire Truck Donation
                        Previously discussed.

                B.      Signing of the Municipal Warrant for the May 30, 2017 Election
        Ann Farley made a motion to sign the Municipal Warrant for the May 30th, 2017 Election.  It was seconded by Chris Parker.  Motion carried.

                C.      Signing of the M.S.A.D. # 61 Budget Validation Referendum on
                        May 30, 2017
        Ann Farley made a motion to sign the M.S.A.D # 61 Budget Validation Referendum on May 30, 2017.  It was seconded by Edythe Harnden.  Motion carried.

VII.    REPORTS FROM TOWN OFFICALS
                
                A.      Town Manager
                        Jim Smith reported/commented on the following:
  • Route 114 would be paved from Standish to Shore Road from May 15th to May 23rd.
  • Stated that Wayne would like to purchase more salt while a loader is still present. It was stated that the winter roads budget could be reduced at Town Meeting by that amount.  Ann Farley made a motion to purchase additional salt and reduce the winter roads budget by that amount at Town Meeting.  It was seconded by Tim Mayberry.  Motion carried.


                B.      Selectmen
                        Chris Parker had nothing to report.

                        Tim Mayberry had nothing to report.

                        Ann Farley reported/commented on the following:
  • Inquired whether a deed had been received from the Chase’s regarding the Haley/Davis cemetery conveyance.  Jim stated that the in speaking with the attorneys, the Chase’s do not have the authority to convey the cemetery or trust funds to the town.
  • Informed the Board that copies of the Town Manager job description were in their boxes.
  • Would like the Policy Committee to meet in the near future. Tim Mayberry stated he has no time to continue being on the committee.  Phil Lowe stated he would be interested on serving on the committee.  The Policy Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 26th at 1pm.  Members include: Ann Farley, Michele Bukoveckas, Phi Lowe and Jim Smith.
Edythe Harnden stated that there will be a General Assistance Meeting at the Cornish Fire Station on May 15th from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Phil Lowe stated that while at Carhartt at the Maine Mall he noticed that employees would be eligible to receive a discount once the town was registered.  He asked the Town Manager to register the town.


                C.      Committees
  • Withdrawal Committee
Claudia Lowe stated that the School Board would be meeting on May 1st.  The Withdrawal Committee would be meeting on May 11th.

  • Ordinance Review Committee
Brandon stated that the committee had looked at both the Land Use Ordinance and the Shoreland Ordinance and how they interact.  The committee decided that in keeping the ordinances separate, it would give the town more latitude, therefore, no changes are recommended.

VIII.   ADJOURNMENT
        Tim Mayberry made a motion to adjourn at 7:30 pm.  It was seconded by Phil      Lowe.  Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,




Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk