TOWN OF STETSON
Date: APRIL 24, 2019
PUBLIC HEARING FOR UPCOMING YEAR BUDGET
Charles Leighton opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Prior to opening the Public Hearing on the proposed Budget, Millar Butler addressed the residents that were present with the following statement:
Millard apologized on the Board’s behalf for the display of unprofessionalism. Since then the Board has had an Executive Session to discuss their actions and to research the accusations that were made at the April 10th meeting concerning Board Members.
As the result of that Executive session, we the Board would like to inform the public of the following:
There was no influence of any Selectmen for the recent work that was done on any of the roads, that work was the decision of the Road Commissioner. There was also a Selectman on site delivering materials and overseeing the work that took place.
There is no question that the work that was done was done appropriately. Therefore we would we like to put the accusations to bed and ask that if you have any questions to ask now, instead of talking to your neighbor.
We also ask for your assistance when addressing the Board with questions and concerns that you stand and state your name for the record. Those questions and concerns should be stated respectfully.
“We all care about the town, and the Board needs to do their part, as do the residents. Thank you.
Diane passed out the potential Warrant to be presented to the residents for the Annual Town Meeting. Both the Board and Diane went through the warrant with those in attendance and addressed the proposed increases.
The proposed increase at this time is approximately $35,000.
Charles Leighton, Brenda Clark, Millard Butler, George Hockstadter, and Leslie Merrill were present.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve April 10, 2019 Meeting Minutes
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to approve the April 10, 2019 Meeting Minutes.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant # 22(April 16)
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve Payroll Warrant #22
Expenditures # 26 AND 27
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Charles Merrill, it was unanimously voted to approve AP Warrant #26.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to approve AP Warrant #27.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
II. OLD BUSINESS
1 Continued Discussion / Update Elementary School
Diane reported no update.
Marc Karum requested that the screens be repaired in the building.
III. NEW BUSINESS
Second Public Hearing on Budget is May 8, 2019 (signing of the Warrant Articles will take place on that date also.
Open Bids for Mowing.
Bidder Cemetery Municipal Total
Higgins Lawn Care $5,280 $5,100 $10,380
Far & Beyond $5,445 $6,106 $11,551
Katahdin Property Serv. $16,990 $11,954 $28,944
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Charles Leighton, to award the Bid to Far & Beyond, with George Hockstadter and Charles Leighton voting Yes, and Brenda Clark and Millard Butler voting No,
(Leslie Merrill abstaining) the motion and the seconded dies as there was a tie vote.
In discussion, both Charles and George felt there were little or no complaints during the previous contract with Far and Beyond. (Brent Dorman reminded the Board of the broken window issue last year).
Millard Butler stated that another bidder is approximately $1,200 less, and every little bid adds up.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Millard Butler to award the bid to Higgins Lawn Care, the vote being (George Hockstadter, Millard Butler, and Brenda Clark voting Yes, Charles Leighton voting No, and Leslie Merrill abstaining.)
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Nothing.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY Nothing.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Nothing.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION Diane noted the letter she provided to the board.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Nothing.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Millard Butler questioned where the Department is at and why they have not attended any meetings to update the Board. Millard requested Diane make a formal request to Karl Tracy from the Board to attend the next Selectmen’s meeting,
and to bring a roster of the present members.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Brenda Clark informed the Board that the there was a request to allow a swing set to be placed on the property. Consensus of the Board was to have Diane check with our insurance for liability purposes.
K. PARKS & RECREATION Nothing.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Discussed in Public Hearing about the increase in fines that will affect the budget.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Joe Gray was present. Charles Leighton requested that 3 to 4 loads of gravel be brought to Herb Shore. In discussion, it was noted that Herb Shore was a private road therefore no town funds should be spent.
Loon Cove was also noted as one of those roads. Jody Lyford stated that if a road is maintained by the town for 20 or more years, it becomes a public easement that is maintained by the town.
Joe Gray will take a look at the road, and the final call will come from the board at the next meeting.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE George reported nothing new.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. OTHER Nothing.
May 20th and 21st.
Brent Dorman requested that the CEO address the Tasker property again with some force.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m.
Minutes are recorded by;