TOWN OF STETSON
Date: SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
I. OPEN MEETING
Charles Leighton opened the meeting by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Charles Leighton, Brenda Clark, Millard Butler, George Hockstadter, and Leslie Merrill were present.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve September 12, 2018 / Special Town Meeting Minutes (September 12, 2018)
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was voted 3 to 0 to approve the September 12, 2018 Meeting Minutes (Millard Butler and Leslie Merrill did not vote as they were not present)
Special Town Meeting Minutes Discussion:
There was a large amount of conversation dealing with legality of Warrant Article 3 Amendment:
Millard Butler (who was not present at the Special Town Meeting) felt that the amendment was not fair to those whom did not attend the meeting.
The Board put out a Warrant stating and recommending one way, and the Article was amended.
MMA was contacted and verified the amendment was legal; the only option to change now would be to go back to Special Town Meeting again. Moderator rules were also verified.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Leslie Merrill to go back to Special Town Meeting and revote, voted 4 to 1. (Charles Merrill voting no)
After more discussion:
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Leslie Merrill to rescind the previous vote to go back to Special Town Meeting and respect the vote of the meeting to stand, voted 5 to 0.
Diane was also requested to bring the August 22, 2018 Meeting Minutes back with correction of adding the word “not” last sentence of #3.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Advantage Payroll Warrant # 6
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve Advantage Payroll #7.
Expenditures # 6
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Brenda Clark, it was unanimously voted to approve AP Warrant #7.
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
Danielle Davis was present and recommended a mill rate of 21.8. That is a one mill increase and an overlay of $47,000, of which last year, only $1,818.66 was used.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to set the mill rate at 21.8.
Upon motion Charles Leighton, seconded by George Hockstadter, it was unanimously voted to sign Danielle Davis’s Contract for the re-valuation of the Town.
II. OLD BUSINESS
Continued Elementary School Discussion / Update
Diane reported that Gilman has bled the pipes and turned the water back on and fixed leaks that were present. The new lights are almost completed and the town will be receiving a refund from Efficiency Maine
in the amount of $2,700. Diane also contacted Robinson’s to clean and fire up the boiler. Robinson’s will not service the boiler unless they have the contract for delivering the fuel.
Diane will talk to Dead River. Diane also noted the need to decide on heat pumps to allow us to get the installation in motion. The range of quotes are very confusing when considering size to price.
Municipal Plowing Bid
Joe Gray: $15,500
Casey Wickens $13,700
Casey Wickens stated that he has a ¾ ton Ford with an 8 ½ Fisher plow, and a 2001 F350 Super Duty. Wicken’s also stated that William Barriault has agreed to help if needed.
George Hockstadter stated that the town has been very satisfied with Joe Gray’s service for the last 4 years. Brent Dorman stated that he has checked the background of Casey Wickens,
his ethics are good and for $1,800 less the contract should be awarded to Wickens.
Millard Butler stated it is the Board’s responsibility to keep the budget down and agrees to support the low bidder.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was voted 2 to 3 to award Joe Gray the contract. (MOTION DIED)
Upon motion by Millard Butler, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was voted 3 to 2 to award the contract to Casey Wickens.
Tax Acquired Properties
Joanne Caron was present, as were the renters of the property. The Board questioned the last time rent was paid. Joanne stated she has not received rent since June.
The tenants stated that they have not paid rent since they learned the Town owned the property.
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by Millard Butler, it was voted 2 to 3 to allow all taxes be paid within 7 days. (MOTION DIED)
Upon motion George Hockstadter, seconded by Leslie Merrill, it was unanimously voted to put the property out to bid.
III. NEW BUSINESS
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 Karl Tracy was present and apologized for the absence of the meetings. Karl reported that there are only 4 active people on the Department right now, and Levant has agreed to respond
for the Town of Stetson and would like Stetson to attend a joint meeting on October 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Eric Strout is the only licensed EMS person at this time. Brent Dorman questioned the required
paper work being completed as the Town of Stetson has paid healthy fines when the proper paperwork was not signed and documented. Millard Butler questioned if Kim Tracy would
go over the paperwork with Karl as soon as possible so that the Town is in Compliance. Karl stated he would talk to Kim.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Nothing.
K. PARKS & RECREATION Nothing.
L. PLANNING BOARD In need of members.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Discussion of charges for items that are being placed in recycling that should not be. The last bill of $128.00 was noted.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER Joseph Gray was present and reported that the salt and sand has been delivered and Taylor grading will be grading next week.
The graffiti has been painted over and the trees on Coboro road have been dealt with. Joe also reported that the Tops of Robinson’s trees are rotted and should be removed.
The paving project should be Mt. Pleasant road, Lapoint road and Wolfboro road.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDANCE Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. OTHER Nothing.
MMA Convention coming up
Marc Karum stated that if the Florida women was to sue, has the Town set a policy by precedence.
Brent Dorman questioned if the re-valuation that was voted on at Special Town Meeting would be beneficial. Brent also stated that if the Board was concerned with rent being paid
on a tax acquired property it should be that it be paid to the town. The board should not be involved with Owner/Tenant issues.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Charles Leighton, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
Minutes are recorded by; Diane Lacadie