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Board of Selectmen Minutes 06/07/2011

Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:04pm by Chairman, Ann Farley.
I.      Roll Call
Present were Selectmen; Ann Farley, Allen Crabtree, Dana Batchelder, Town Manager; James M. Smith III, and Recorder, Town Clerk; Michele Bukoveckas.  Selectman, Edythe Harnden joined the meeting at 7:30pm.  Guest Richard Merritt also joined the meeting at approximately 6:30pm.
II.     Adjustments to the Agenda
The Board stated that Richard Merritt would update the status of the School Budget.
III.    Written Communication
  • Approval of the May 24, 2011 Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Allen Crabtree made a motion to approve the May 24, 2011.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  Motion carried.
  • Comments from the Public
There were none.

  • Old Business
  • Appointments to a Sebago Elementary School Planning Grant Committee
Ann Farley made a motion to appoint Jean Clancy, Claudia Lowe, Paul White, Dana Batchelder, Moria Casey, Wendy Newcomb to the Sebago Elementary School Planning Grant Committee. Greg Smith and Richard Merritt would be Ex officio members.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  Motion carried.  Allen stated that the first meeting will be on June 9 to review the background and meet with the consultant to discuss what the committee’s intentions are.

  • Town Beach Ordinance Discussion
Allen Crabtree will review similar ordinances on the Maine Municipal website, and make language changes and bring the ordinance back for discussion.

  • Follow up from Town Meeting
There was a consensus that the condition and maintenance of town roads were a concern based on the discussion at Town Meeting.  The Board feels a “Road Rehabilitation Committee” should be formed to help determine which roads would be a priority.  A notice will be placed in the next newsletter asking for residents to serve on the committee.

Allen Crabtree stated that the Board and Town Manager will be meeting with Shaw Brothers on Thursday, June 9th to discuss the details of the agreement between Shaw Brothers and the Town.  It is hopeful that the committee will then be able to explore language and begin the RFP process for site work.  Allen also stated that Town Manager, Jim Smith will address the Planning Board at their June 14th meeting concerning beginning the site plan process.  

M.S.A.D. # 61 School Board Member, Richard Merritt briefed the Board on the status of the school budget.  Richard stated that $200,000 in cuts was recommended, but the end result was a $172,000 cut.  Richard stressed that 75% of town budgets go to the school.  It was stated that the School budget vote would take place a LRHS on June 21st at 7:00pm with the Validation of the budget occurring on June 28th in the individual towns.  The Board stressed that they need to get the “get out and vote” word to townspeople, once again alerting them of the impact of the school budget on their tax bills. Richard also suggested that the Board meet with the other town boards and work together at getting the school to lower the budget.  Allen Crabtree made a motion that the ad that ran last month will be re-vamped and placed in the Shopping Guide and Bridgton News.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  Motion carried.

There was discussion regarding LD1274- A bill to Restore Equity in Education Funding.  This bill amends several provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act to more equitably allocate state funds that are appropriated for essential programs and services.  The Board would like the Town Manager to get more information on this subject and report back at a future meeting.
  • New Business
  • Election of Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Selectmen
This item was tabled until a full board could be present.  It was suggested the next board meeting will be on June 28th.

  • Tax Acquired Property Discussion
Michele explained that there was one foreclosed property.  It is a two acre lot on the Hancock Pond Road.  She explained that per the Tax Acquired Property Policy, the property should be offered to abutters first.  Allen Crabtree made a motion to offer the property to abutters first for the highest bid per the policy.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  Motion carried.

  • Re-Appointment of Greg Smith to the Board of Appeals
Allen Crabtree made a motion to re-appointment Greg Smith to the Board of Appeals.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  Motion carried.

VII.    Reports from Town Officials
  • Town Manager
Jim stated that he had researched the outstanding bill from the Town of Naples.  Based on this information, the Town of Sebago does owe the Town of Naples approximately $7,000 in mutual aid costs. Jim would like to pay this bill, and hand deliver the check to the Naples Board of Selectmen and apologize.  Rescue Chief; Tim Smith stated that a letter regarding mutual aid was sent out to all surrounding towns in 2006 which stated that if Naples covered calls in another town, that town would be charged.  This has been overlooked in the past.  Ann Farley made a motion to pay Naples the $7,000 we owe.  It was seconded by Allen Crabtree.  Motion carried.

  • Selectmen
Dana-none   Ann Farley complimented Dana on the good job he did mowing the cemeteries.

Edythe-Asked if she can place a rose bush near a stone in the cemetery.  She was told –yes.  She also stated that Helen Twombly had mentioned that one of the homes proposed for repair in the weatherization grant has serious problems.  Apparently there is an infant in the home, and there is a potential mold problem and this home will need additional work. Some of the work might have to wait until the next grant comes in.  Edie will check with Michele this week to see how much money is left in this year’s grant.

Ann-Stated there is a tree in the Potter Cemetery which needs to be removed.  The Potter Cemetery is just before the Peabody Pond Road.

Ann would like CEO; Bob DeVilleneuve to check on the “trailer park” on the Kimball Corner Road.  Jim responded that the trailers are allowed to be there for 30 days, but will bring this to the CEO’s attention.

Allen Crabtree-Stated that stone work needs to be done in the Poor Cemetery.  It was stated that this was a private cemetery, therefore, It is not included in the cemeteries that the town maintains.  
Ann will confirm this information with the ad hoc cemetery committee.

Allen also stated that he would like to resume “goal setting” workshops in either July or August.  He would like the Board to review the list from last year and pick one or two goals they would like to work on.

VIII.   Adjournment
Edythe Harnden made a motion to adjourn at 8:10pm.  It was seconded by Dana Batchelder.  Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Michele A. Bukoveckas
Town Clerk

Note: These minutes are not verbatim.  A recording of the proceedings are available in the Clerk’s office during regular office hours.