TOWN OF STETSON
Date: FEBRUARY 10, 2016
I. OPEN MEETING
Don Carroll opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
A. ROLL CALL
Don Carroll, Brenda Clark, Charles Leighton, Priscilla Dorman, and Danny Withee.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve January 27, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Upon motion by Priscilla Dorman, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was voted 3 – 0 to approve the January 27, 2016 Meeting Minutes ( Both Charles Leighton and Danny Withee abstained as they were not present at the meeting.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant # 16
Upon motion by Brenda Clark, seconded by Danny Withee, it was voted 5 – 0 to approve Payroll Warrant #16
2. Expenditures # 22 & 23
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by Danny Withee, it was voted 5 – 0 to approve AP Warrant #22.
Upon motion by Danny Withee, seconded by Priscilla Dorman, it was voted 5 – 0 to approve AP Warrant #23.
Consensus of the Board was to transfer $75,000 from the Undesignated Account to the Checking account.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
II. OLD BUSINESS
1 Set Dates for Budget Hearings.
Consensus of the Board was to have a Budget Workshop on March 2, 2016 at 9:00 am.
III. NEW BUSINESS
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Consensus of the Board and the residents was that all is going well.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY Nothing.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER The Board questioned the status of the Pelkey trailer. Al has not reported back, but Don will contact Al again.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION A budget hearing will take place on 3/8/16 at 6:30 p.m.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Nothing.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Diane noted a letter written from Fire Chief Kim Tracy dealing with road concerns and a fire hydrant being blocked by a plow truck ( see attached).
Diane also reported that the Town of Stetson is now equipped with the “pet oxygen” kit. A big Thank you to Bonnie Cyr for heading up the fund raising for this kit designed especially to save our pets. It was also noted that all the engines have been serviced.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Nothing.
K. PARKS & RECREATION Nothing.
L. PLANNING BOARD Needs to set dates for Ordinance work.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION It was noted the “numbers” look good. Don also reported that the new potential Hampden site has not even received a permit to build..
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Not Present.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. OTHER Nothing.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Daniel Dean was present and expressed concerns dealing with the Winter road maintenance/plowing and sanding. Mr. Dean stated that he had called Dirt Diggers to complain and was in his opinion threatened.
He stated that the Board did not do their “homework” prior to accepting Dirt Diggers bid. Priscilla Dorman informed Mr. Dean that the Board did do their homework and not only called references but went to visit Dirt Diggers
to verify equipment for the contract to be met. Priscilla also informed Mr. Dean that she called Dirt Diggers when she was made aware of potential threat and it was stated to her that Dirt Diggers was aware of where
Mr. Dean lived and the concerns would be taken care of. Priscilla feels the so called “threat” was a miscommunication. Priscilla also placed calls to Mr. Barriault and those calls went unanswered or responded
to as her road was not plowed until after 8 p.m. Friday night. Mr. Dean stated the residents of Stetson’s lives are at risk and the loader is even being transferred back and forth to other areas and feels Dirt Diggers has breached their contract.
He voiced concerns of the bus drivers fighting the roads to keep our kids safe. Mr. Dean stated he will start a petition to not have Dirt Diggers plow next year. At this time..Don Carroll has Mr. Dean to settle down and lower his voice and Mr. Dean became quite irate.
Don informed him that there may be grounds to terminate contract, but we are dealing with the issues at hand. Brenda Clark stated that she had verified the reference for Dirt Diggers and was informed that the first
year was rough but the next year thing were much better and also feels Dirt Diggers does not have enough equipment for 2 towns. Charles Leighton informed Mr. Dean that there was a difference of $45,000 in the bid decision,
and Mr. Dean stated that should have been the red flag. Mr. Dean again became belligerent and stormed out the door with threats. Danny Withee informed the Board that Dirt Diggers recently had a truck totaled and is more than likely stretched too thin right now.
Marc Karun stated that Mr. Dean’s actions were not called for but concerned that some of the points made are true and may have legit concerns. Marc stated that numerous mail boxes have been hit and the roads are very dirty,
and questions the quality of the materials. Marc stated the roads are not being maintained in the way the residents are used to. Marc also stated that the Board should write down the concerns while fresh in their mind to in hopes write a better contract for the next time.
V. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
Comments were noted above…
Consensus of the Board was they are aware that there are a “snowball” of complaints and are dealing with those complaints and concerns.
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Upon motion by Danny Withee, seconded by Brenda Clark, It was voted 5 -0 to adjourn the meeting at 6:55.
Minutes are recorded by;