Greene Board of Selectmen

Regular Meeting

February 13, 2012

Minutes will not become official until accepted at the next Regular Selectmen’s Meeting

February 27, 2012.

 

Members present: Don Bedford, Tony Reny - Acting Chairman, Charles Noonan – Town Manager, Mark Christman and Sally Ann Hebert – Recording Secretary. 

 

Staff present:  None.

 

Members absent:  Ronald Grant – vacation; Kevin Mower – surgery.  

 

Others present:  Fire Chief Phil Lavoie, George Farris Jr, State Representative Steve Wood  

 

                        This meeting was televised 

 

                                     I.      Call to Order

 

Tony Reny, Acting Chairman, called the meeting to order at 7:00PM.

 

 

                                  II.      Public Discussion

 

Representative Steve Wood attended the meeting to discuss with board the pot hole on the Sawyer Road Railroad crossing; the supplemental budget the state is hearing tomorrow; the cutbacks on state revenue sharing, DHHS, the follow up of stocking Allen Pond with fish, and the Turner Center Bridge replacement.

 

                                 III.      Acceptance of Minutes – January 23, 2012

 

Mark Christman motioned to waive the reading of the minutes, and to approve the acceptance of the minute’s dated January 23rd meeting upon signature of acting chairman, Tony Reny. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous.  Motion passed.

 

                                IV.      Treasurer’s Report

 

Charlie Noonan reported a balance on hand after today’s warrant of

$ 515,846.41. Charlie reported to the board that the interest rate for a TAN is 1.25%; the bank would process like last year and only loan what the town needs when it is needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Roads

Anson Road has been posted at the request of the Town of Leeds as they had posted their end of the road last week.

 

The Board discussed the people taking truck loads of sand at a time instead of the amount that has been set by the Town Manager. It makes it difficult for others waiting to fill their buckets when they have to wait for trucks taking a whole truck load. . .   

 

 

                                VI.      Old Business

 

a.  Dispatch Meeting   

 

Charlie reported eight towns met with the County Commissioners. The commissioner’s response is one still shifting thru the information; one is status quo, and one has no clue what is going on. The committee heard price from Maine State Police for dispatching is $3.54 per capita and L/A 911 is $12.32 per capita.

 

b.      Annual Town Meeting Warrant

 

Charlie reported there are two additional articles on the warrant at the request of the auditor. One is $25,000 for the cable committee and one for $7,455 for Allen Pond Board Launch from the capital reserves. The amount to be expensed has to be voted on at the annual town meeting.  Mark Christman motioned to sign the 2012 Annual Town Meeting Warrant. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

c.       Audit

 

The Board and Town Manager discussed the management letter from the auditor. This is the third year that the auditor has requested that Harry cut back on counter work. They all agreed that Harry not do as much counter work as in the past.

 

d.      Election/Town Meeting

 

Sally Ann Hebert gave an overview of the Town Meeting voting and the day of town meeting. She reported that absentee ballots are available. Brenda Theriault reminded the Board and viewers to thank the school board for charging the Women’s Club $ 125 for using the cafeteria and kitchen at the School for town meeting day. They do not even collect that much money on that day and felt it would be useless to pay fee and not make any money.

 

 

e.      Town Report

 

Sally Ann Hebert reported the Town Report Book will be delivered on Thursday. The Board and Town Manager discussed how much it costs to mail the town report book and many end up in the trash stream. This will be discussed next year.

 

f.        Other

 

None.

 

VII.                 New Business

 

a        Road Posting

 

Mark Christman motioned to post the Town of Greene roads to limit heavy loads when the temperature is over 32 and there is no standing water on the roads. No later than February 21st and remove as soon as conditions allow; Charlie Noonan is to sign the road postings. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed. .

 

b.      Fire Department – Vehicle Request

 

Fire Chief Phil Lavoie and George Farris Jr appeared before the Board reporting that the rescue truck will not pass inspection. It will be approximately $5,000 for just a band aid and it will not probably last another year. They asked to purchase a used Chevrolet suburban for the rescue personnel to use to carry gear to a rescue call. There is no money set aside for such a purchase and they all agreed this is an emergency.

 

Mark Christman motioned to take $6,000 out of capital reserve to purchase Chevrolet suburban; the amount to be voted on at town meeting for Fire Truck Capital reserve will be less this amount. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

c.       Flea Market Application

 

The Board received Flea Market Application from George Stanley under the business name Greene’s First and Only Legal Flea Market at 1316 Route 202.

The board discussed the number of signs. Mark Christman motioned to hold public hearing on February 27th at 7pm. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed. 

 

 

 

 

d.      Center Bridge

 

The Board discussed the email from MDOT regarding the change from Best Value to Low bid design. Charlie reported that Rep Wood and Senator Mason have also been notified of the change.

 

e.      Other

 

Mike Stephanak volunteer engineer from WGLT TV 7 requested funds to purchase an IPOD touch; laptop and video input devise to be able to go live from Greene Central School for Town Meeting and the schools for school budget meetings. Mark Christman motioned that the purchase not go over $, 1000 for IPOD, video adapter and backup laptop. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

                                            VIII.Appointments

 

None.

 

                                                  IX.      Committee Reports

 

Charlie asked Mark Christman to get more information on the dam inspection on Sabattus Lake. He understands the dam is cracked and needs repair.

 

Tony Reny reported that on March 10 the Conservation Commission is doing a fun day of ice fishing on Hooper Pond. He requested the town plow the parking area if there is a snowstorm before the event.

 

                                                     X.      Assessment Questions & Abatements/Supplement

 

None.

 

 

                                                  XI.      Announcements

 

Tony read the announcements aloud.

 

                                               XII.      Selectmen Acceptance & Signing of Weekly Warrant

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Town of Greene Payroll Warrant # 7 dated 1/30/12 of $ 7,376.34. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Town of Greene Accounts Payable Warrant # 48 dated 1/30/12 of $ 15,528.46.  Don Bedford 2nd

 the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Town of Greene Payroll Warrant # 9 dated 2/06/12 of $ 5,564.68. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.   

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Town of Greene Accounts Payable Warrant # 10 dated 2/06/12 of $ 31,926.00. Don Bedford 2nd

 the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Town of Greene Payroll Warrant # 11 dated 2/13/12 of $ 6,083.42. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.   

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Town of Greene Accounts Payable Warrant # 12 dated 2/13/12 of $ 306,231.10. Don Bedford 2nd

 the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Julia Adams Morse Library Warrant # 2 dated 1/30/12 of $ 1,510.01. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Julia Adams Morse Library Warrant # 3 dated 2/13/12 of $ 5,376.29. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Cable Warrant # 1dated 2/06/12 of $ 260.25. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

Mark Christman motioned to accept and sign the Cable Warrant # 2 dated 2/13/12 of $ 85.40. Don Bedford 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

 

 

                                            XIII.      Adjournment

 

Don Bedford motioned to adjourn. Mark Christman 2nd the motion. Vote was unanimous. Motion passed.

 

The Board adjourned at 8:10 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,                                                 Approved and accepted,

 

Sally Ann Hebert                                                          Tony Reny, Acting Chairman

Recording Secretary                                                     Board of Selectmen