TOWN OF STETSON
Date: JUNE 10, 2020
PUBLIC HEARING FOR 2021 BUDGET
UPDATE ON FIRE DEPARTMENT REFERENDUM
I. OPEN MEETING
The meeting was opened by standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
A. ROLL CALL
Brenda Clark, Millard Butler, Charles Leighton, and Leslie Merrill were present. (Danny Withee was absent)
Millard Butler updated the public on where the referendums stood dealing with the Roads and Fire Department.
He informed the public that the potential Road Loan has been postponed for a year,
and informed the Public that there is no need for a referendum dealing with fire protection.
The board of selectpersons are obligated to provide service for the town and that is what has been done, Millard noted the legal opinion of the Town attorney.
The hearing was then turned over to the public for questions. Only a few questions were asked many dealing with fire protection.
Diane informed the Public that if the budget was to pass as written, the estimated mill rate would drop from 21.8 to 19.
The public hearing was then closed and the board moved forward to the regular agenda.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve June 1, 2020 Meeting Minutes
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Millard Butler, it was unanimously voted to approve the June 1, 2020 Meeting Minutes.
Charles Leighton did not vote as he was not at the June 1, 2020 meeting.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant #25/26
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve Payroll Warrant #25/26.
2. Expenditures #35
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to approve AP Warrant #35.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
II. OLD BUSINESS
III. NEW BUSINESS Diane requested the Office be closed on June 30, 2020 for Fiscal EOY closing of the books, Consensus of the Board was to approve.
Diane informed the Board that the office will close at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020 to allow the register of voters to attend the Budget referendum at the school.
Diane reported that she will have the cover for the Town Report in whatever Kelly’s printing has available to speed the process.
Diane reported that she has ordered 6 protective sneeze barriers from the state at no charge to the town.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Nothing.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY Nothing.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Nothing.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION Nothing.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Nothing.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Millard Butler informed the board of the public on the information Diane received dealing with the phone lines at the fire station.
Presently the town is paying $157.00 per month, and we can postpone some services to cut that monthly bill to $53.00 per month.
Both the Chief of Levant and the Assistant Chief were present and informed the Board and the Public that they responded to 6 calls last month,
including 1 building fire and 3 motor vehicle accidents. Mark the Assistant chief addressed the board with an exchange offer from the Town of Etna.
The Town of Etna would provide the Town of Stetson with 5 Air packs, 10 bottles, and 5 masks. The Town of Stetson would provide the Town of Etna with 3 sets of gear.
This would be an even swap; Mark feels this is a great exchange for the Town of Stetson
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to type up an agreement and to proceed with the exchange.
Levant’s Fire also questioned what other maintenance is the Board in agreement with on doing to the trucks to get them up and running,
they provided a list of needs for maintenance and equipment.
With the goal being to get the Stetson equipment and station up and running:
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to allow Levant’s assistance chief Mark to work with
Diane and to stay within this fiscal year’s fiscal budget.
Brenda Clark thanked Levant for all their hard work.
J. MEETINGHOUSE the repairs look great.
K. PARKS & RECREATION It was noted to thank Corey and Bethany Leighton for their work in making Stetson’s seniors feel special with the graduation balloons.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Nothing.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Nothing.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Julie Brownie read a letter aloud dealing with her disappointment of the mowing job in the cemeteries. (see attached).
Julie also requested if the board could look into funds that are available for the possibility of fixing stones that have been knocked over or destroyed.
Jody Lyford questioned the balance of the Capital Improvement funds. Diane will get that information.
VI. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
Millard Butler informed the Board that the pick table in the park across from the old town office is rotted and should be removed if it belongs to the town.
VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to enter into Executive Session per 405 (6)(A) at 7:06 p.m.
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to come out of Executive Session and to take no action as the result of the Executive Session.
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 p.m.
Minutes are recorded by; Diane Lacadie