TOWN OF STETSON
Date: October 26, 2011
I. OPEN MEETING
The meeting was opened with Don Carroll leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
A. ROLL CALL
Don Carroll, Brenda Clark, George Hockstadter, Charles Leighton, and Terry White were present.
B. MINUTES OF THE MEETING
1. Approve Meeting Minutes of October 12, 2011
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Terry White, it was unanimously voted to approve the October 12, 2011 meeting minutes.
C. QUIT CLAIM DEEDS
1. Payroll Warrant – Approve warrant # 24
Upon motion by Charles Leighton, seconded by George Hockstadter, it was unanimously voted to approve Warrant #24.
2. Expenditures – Approve warrant # 25
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Terry White, it was unanimously voted to approve Warrant #25. (noted in the approval was to hold the school check to Monday, and to transfer funds if needed, and to check the last 2 months electric bill for the meeting house)
E. BOARD OF ASSESSORS
1. Abatement request from Judy Biggar (tabled from last meeting)
Don Carroll noted the years of service that Judy Biggar had provided to the Town of Stetson, and explained that the mistake was made by the forester, not Miss Biggar. Although the Board agreed and thanked Judy for her years of service, they felt that all Abatement request should be treated as equals and that the timeline was missed for this abatement request and although it was not Miss Biggar’s fault, it was not the Town’s fault either.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Terry White, it was unanimously voted to Grant the Abatement request.
2. Tasker Property discussion (tabled from last)
Consensus of the Board was to set this letter aside and let the Attorneys and Registry of Deeds deal with deeds in question. This correspondence should not involve the Town of Stetson.
1. Special Town Meeting Date
It has been assured that no Special Town Meeting is needed involving the Meeting House Account and its standings with the expenses paid to repair the steeple.
II. NEW BUSINESS
1. Public access to sand
Consensus of the Board was to continue as last year and have someone at the Sand and Salt shed on the first Saturday of the month to allow Stetson residents to get limited quantities of sand for their driveways etc. This will start November 5th from 9 am to 11 am.
2. Outsourcing Payroll
After some discussion on the constant changing tax laws and the discussions at the MMA conference, the Board decided to outsource the Payroll to Advantage Payroll services.
Upon motion by George Hockstadter, seconded by Terry White, it was unanimously voted to outsource payroll to Advantage Payroll.
Charles Leighton also expressed concerns of sprucing up the Helen Stuart Park that is owned by the Town. Board Members agreed that some work over there is needed and will discuss ideas of improving the sign, picnic tables, etc. in the spring.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS
A. ANIMAL CONTROL - Rabbies Clinic Nov 19, 2011 (10-11)
B. APPEALS BOARD Nothing.
C. CEMETERY George Hockstadter suggested that the Revolutionary War stone be the Cover of next years Town Report. The Board agreed with that idea.
D. CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Don Carroll reported to the Board that Dalton Mullis and himself took a ride to check for potential unlicensed junk yards.
E. E911 Nothing.
F. EDUCATION Nothing.
G. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE Nothing.
H. EMT/RESCUE Nothing.
I. FIRE DEPARTMENT Nothing.
J. MEETINGHOUSE Nothing.
K. PARKS & RECREATION The Halloween Trip to the pumpkin patch was noted.
L. PLANNING BOARD Nothing.
M. PLUMBING INSPECTOR Nothing.
N. RECYCLING & SOLID WASTE COLLECTION Nothing.
O. ROAD COMMISSIONER William Barriault was present and reported to the Board that he has completed the work that is to be done before winter. Barriault stated that the dirt roads are going to be graded 1 more time, and that he will look at the big pot holes that Brenda Clark reported that are on the hot top portion of the Coboro Road. Don Carroll also mentioned a bad tree on the Merrill Road that could cause problems this winter and Barriault said he will also take a look at that. Barriault also informed the board that he will be out of town a lot now driving his other truck a may not be able to attend every Selectmen’s meeting, but would attend at least 1 a month. And noted that the board has his cell phone # if he is needed.
P. STATE LEGISLATIVE CORRESP Nothing.
Q. TREASURER Nothing.
R. WELFARE DIRECTOR Nothing.
S. MEMORIAL COMMITTEE Marlene Webber was present and stated that she will be planting new bulbs soon.
Cathy and Melissa will be attending a WebEx class on Thursday morning from 9 to 11 at the office.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS
VI. SELECTMEN COMMENTS
VII. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Personnel issues per 1 MRSA sec 404 (6) (A)
Upon motion by Don Carroll, seconded by George Hockstadter, it was unanimously voted to enter into Executive Session per 1 MRSA sec 404 (6) (A) at 7:10 p.m.
Upon motion by Terry White, seconded by George Hockstadter, it was unanimously voted to come out of Executive Session and enter back into Public Session. At 7:25 p.m.
Upon motion by Terry White, seconded by George Hockstadter, it was unanimously voted to give Catherine Fisher a 3 % raise effective October 1, 2011.
Upon motion by Terry White, seconded by George Hockstadter, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Minutes recorded by;