TOWN OF STETSON
Date: JULY 8, 2015
I. OPEN MEETING
Diane Lacadie opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Election of Chair for the New Fiscal Year
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to nominate and Elect Don Carroll as Chairman.
Upon motion by Brenda Clark, seconded by Don Carroll, it was unanimously voted to nominate and Elect Charles Leighton as Vice Chair.
A. ROLL CALL
Donald, Carroll, Brenda Clark, Priscilla Dorman, and Charles Leighton were present. Danny Withee was absent.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve June 24, 2015 Meeting Minutes
Upon motion by Priscilla Dorman, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to approve the June 24, 2015 Meeting Minutes with the amendment “Wolfboro” 7/10’s of a mile”.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant #1
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve Payroll Warrant #1.
2. Expenditures #36 and #1
Upon motion by Priscilla Dorman, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve Expenditures Warrant # 36.
Upon motion by Brenda Clark, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to approve Expenditures Warrant # 1.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
Don Carroll reported that he has spoken with Danielle Smith and she has assured him that the assessing is on track and commitment and billing will be completed at the normal times and schedule. There is approximately only 1 day left needed in the field.
II. OLD BUSINESS
1 .Fire Station / Library Complex door repair/replace Update
The door is in Portland awaiting delivery to Bangor.
III. NEW BUSINESS
1 Ads and Deadline for Tax Acquired properties
Consensus of the Board was to have a model add ready for the Board’s approval for the July 22, 2015 meeting and to advertise by August 10, 2015 and bids back by August 26, 2015.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Nothing.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY Nothing.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Nothing.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION Don Carroll reported that he has spoken with Rhonda and there has been another 8 million appropriated for schools. It was also noted that there is a new (different figure from time of Town Report going to print) for School.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Priscilla Dorman reported that she has spoken with Michelle Tanguay and learned that the training can be taken on line, and that she will be having other trainings in the area and will notify us of when and where they will be.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Kim Tracy was not present.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Priscilla Dorman reported that the paint has been purchased and will be doing the painting when time allows. Connie Merrill being present, thanks Priscilla for her work and noted that the Steeple is very much in need of paint.
K. PARKS & RECREATION Diane reported that Jeannie Mc Alpine has requested a key to the meeting house to allow her easy access for storing parks and rec equipment. Consensus of the board was to allow Jeannie a key. Jeannie also has agreed to stay on as director with the $600.00 stipend agreement.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Don Carroll stated that in the next few years, there may not be the MRC, so we as a town will have to do something different. Don Carroll also reported that ECO Maine is not doing as well as they had hoped.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER William Barriault was present and reported that Mt. Pleasant, Coboro , and Burleigh Road have been graded. Mr. Taylor’s grader broke down and he will be back within a few weeks to finish. Nothing more has been done in town as far as maintenance, and we are on the list for paving, hopefully by the end of the month. There will be $10,000 of maintenance used for Coboro road, and Mt. Pleasant will be remeasured to allow for the $75,000 from Town road improvements. The tree at the Boat launch will be cut by Lesley Merrill when he returns from vacation. Barriault stated that the rotted picnic table has been removed and the other one is not in much better shape. Consensus of the Board was to remove the other table in the fall.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE Don Carroll reported that they will re-convene next week.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. OTHER Nothing.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS
V. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
Don Carroll: reported that the parking lot at the boat launch has been started and the signs are ordered. The signs will state: No Swimming, No Camping, No Alcholal, Take Trash with You. (Priscilla requested a voted of the Board be taken, as she was not aware this work had been started or approved by vote by the board.) Priscilla’s concerns are the policing, liability , and taken business away from the camp ground for the loading of boats. Don stated he will volunteer to check the property. Connie Merrill agreed with Priscilla. Don stated that there will be 7 parking spaces, and a cement pad boat launch. There is 1 big pine tree to come down, and Mr. Hewitt’s stipulations to the project was to not improve the road to make it a highway, trash to be taken care of properly, a portable toilet for use. Don and Mr. Hewitt agreed that we could try this for a year, and if it does not work, the property can be gated. The water improvement funds will pay for the project. Don also reported that Tom Russell is providing us with the definition of “taken by perscription” dealing with the roads.
Brenda Clark stated the landing has always had alot of use.
Charles Leighton: he is not against the idea of the improvements to the landing, but we have always had problems, and concerned of what will come.
Priscilla Dorman: stated she is concerned that we are investing to benefit Non-residents and again request a vote of the Board to proceed. Don stated that we should not deprive the residents of a better boat launch.
Don Carroll requested the Board to take a Vote:
Upon motion by Don Carroll, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was voted 3 to 1 in favor to proceed with the landing improvements. (Priscilla Dorman voting No.
Jody Lyford: Questioned if the board has a list of Town Roads, and how they are labeled. Don stated that he has completed that list, but it is not transcribed. Don stated the there are 2 ways for a Public Easement to be taken by prescriptive use:
1. Taking just the surface.
2. Waivers from the land owners.
There are residents in town that feel this may be a legal issue with spending town funds on private roads. Don stated that the court would order a ceist and assist, and the issue at hand could be brought to Town Meeting. Don questioned any other work needed on Everette’s Landing and Jody stated that the road is great now, the sections that were fixed were nothing bu slime before.
Don also stated that Loon Cove has signatures recorded from the residents, and Everette’s Landing does not.
Charles Leighton stated the town is only responsible for keeping non Town Roads safe and passable. Jody Lyford stated that there had been no funds spent on Everett’s Landing for years and it was no longer safe and passable and something needed to be done.
Priscilla Dorman requested from Don Carroll (as the new Chair) to keep her and the Board informed of what is taking place.
VI. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Upon motion by Priscilla Dorman, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:15.
Minutes are recorded by;