TOWN OF STETSON
Date: AUGUST 26, 2020
I. OPEN MEETING
Millard Butler opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
A. ROLL CALL
Millard Butler, Leslie Merrill, Brenda Clark, and Danielle Withee were present.
THERE WILL BE AN INFORMATIONAL DISCUSSION FROM PREMIUM CHOICE BROADBAND ABOUT UPGRADING THE INTERNET IN THE TOWN OF STETSON
Bill Varney of Premium Broad Band was present and informed the Public on what he could offer to help the needs of the residents and the speeds and cost of the fiber-optic project.
The time frame of potentially started the project would be October or November, first we need to secure the grant and license the poles.
Mr. Varney would apply for a grant from Connect Maine for $175,000 to $225,000, invest approximately $300,000 of his own funds, and $50,000 to $75,000 from the town.
Total cost for the 34 miles of road would be approximately $600,000. Cost to the customer could be based on their own needs, and ranging from $39.95 to $139.95
(mostly used for commercial speeds)
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve August 12, 2020 Meeting Minutes.
Upon motion by Brenda Clark, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to approve the August 12, 2020 meeting minutes.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant # 4
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve Payroll Warrant #4.
2. Expenditures # 5
Upon motion by Danielle Withee, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve AP Warrant #5.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
Danielle was out of the office today, so the report will be forth coming.
II. OLD BUSINESS
1 Cemetery Trustees
Diane handed out a report submitted by Julie Brownie, and a tree was noted at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery that was unsafely wedged between a trees.
Millard will speak to Joe about removing it.
2 School Updates (from the meeting on August 24, 2020)
The start date has already been pushed back, and the school is going to do what is needed to be done and hopefully provide what is needed to do the remote learning.
III. NEW BUSINESS
(Noted during the meeting)
1 Diane questioned if the Board was in support of a Fall Clean Up day that is usually done in October. Consensus of the Board was to have the Fall Clean Up
2 Diane also questioned if the Board was in support of doing the Rabies Clinic that is usually held in November. Consensus of the Board was to talk to Dr. Miles
and see if he is still comfortable with doing the clinic during the present pandemic.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL Nothing.
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY Noted above under Old Business
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Nothing.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION Nothing.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Rita Albee was present and stated there was nothing new to report.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Nothing.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Nothing.
K. PARKS & RECREATION Bethany Leighton provided a “Trunk or Treat” to the Board of Selectmen. Consensus of the Board was to support the event provided the
CDC guidelines are followed. She is also looking into sanitizing stations for Parks & Rec events.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Nothing.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Not Present.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. OTHER Nothing.
Still waiting on training of 2 to go live with the Sequil version of Trio.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS
George Hockstadter questioned if the petitions for the upgrading on the internet can be started now. Diane will find out the proper steps.
Jody Lyford question if the internet problems have been taken care of. Diane informed here that Jeff has fixed the issues.
Sara Turner questioned if anyone has contacted any previous members of the Fire Department to find out about their Face Book page.
Danielle Withee has been in contact and will contact them again.
VI. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
Brenda Clark thanked Diane for putting the effort into contacting Mr. Varney about the Town’s internet concerns and requesting that he come to a meeting
to talk to us and present what he could do for the town.
Leslie Merrill informed the Board that he and Corey Leighton were walking the ball fields, and noticed that the dogs are pooping on the field and
the owners are not picking it up. Also trash barrels are needed. Corey will seek prices on NO Smoking and Scope the Poop signs and also new trash barrels.
Danielle Withee spoke about the ATV access funds and will seek prices on the signs and also questioned what roads will be open for public access.
Tammy Buswell questioned why the Wolfboro Road needs public access when it is within the Public Access of 500 feet.
Millard suggested that we contact a member of Exeter’s ATV club and ask of any suggestions they may have. Danielle will do so.
VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Upon motion by Brenda Clark, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to enter into Executive Session per 405(6)(A) at 7:20 p.m,
Upon motion by Leslie Merrill, seconded by Millard Butler, it was unanimously voted to come out of Executive Session and to take NO Action as the result there of at 7:55 p.m.
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
Minutes are recorded by; Diane Lacadie