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Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Present: Deborah Brewster, Bill Cohen, Laura Sherman, Valerie Messana (Administrative Assistant)

Meeting was called to order by Cohen at 4:10 p.m.

  1. Minutes of the June 26, 2018 and July 10, 2018 meetings were approved and posted on July 12, 2018.
  2. Cohen reported that there will be a PUB area broadband meeting in Stonington on Thursday, July 26, 2018.
  3. There was an update on the Household Hazardous Waste. Cohen has sent an e-mail with questions about the details to HCPC.
  4. The MMA dues structure was discussed. The current dues are $2,329.00. These will increase to $2,926.00 for 2019. There will be a credit available because of a new formula. A decision will need to be made soon by the Board as to which of the 4 options available for taking this credit would be preferred.
  5. Brewster reported that she (and Jib) are working on a street light inventory for Brooklin. (pole locations & numbers)
  6. There will be an RJD meeting on August 9, 2018 at 2 p.m. Assessors Ellery & Rob will be present for this. The meeting will include a question and answer session on town re-valuation, frequency, etc.
  7. CEO Judy Jenkins has been appointed to the additional post of Plumbing Inspector for Brooklin. This vacancy is as a result of Lew Hutchins’ retirement.
  8. Updates were given on the Board’s Project Review List. Among the projects discussed were the following:
    1. Hales Hill Bridge: There will be a meeting with the Town of Sedgwick regarding the bridge’s posting.
    2. A review of boat excise taxes will take place.
    3. The HCPC website will be reviewed for content and outdated materials asked to be removed.
  9. Treasurer’s Report
    • July 10, 2018:
         Receipts: $33,820.10
         Warrants: Town: $7,902.04
           School: $61,783.44
           Payroll: $2,361.16
           Total: $72,046.64
    • July 17, 2018:
         Receipts: $24,534.02
         Warrants:
           School:
           Payroll: $2,373.70
           Total: $48,974.89
  10. Next meeting: August 7, 2018 at 4:10 p.m
  11. The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m. Aye-3, Nay-0

Respectfully submitted, Valerie Messana, Deputy Clerk


Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Present: Bill Cohen, Deborah Brewster, Laura Sherman

Meeting was called to order by Cohen at 4:10 p.m.

  1. Minutes of the June 26, 2018 meeting have not yet been approved. Changes have been submitted to recorder.
  2. The Selectboard received a letter from Hancock County Planning Commission regarding a hazardous waste collection day. If Brooklin wants to participate we will need to seek a volunteer to participate on the day of the event. Board will look into whether anyone from Brooklin participated last year.
  3. Cohen reported that the Planning Board met on Thursday, July 5. A plan in a split zone area was brought before the board for the first time for the current board members. The Planning Board discussed split zones and whether to keep split zones in Brooklin.
  4. Shellfish committee needs to re-appoint one member. Will remind chair at next meeting.
  5. Cohen has spoken with various fishermen using Naskeag Harbor. The consensus is to hold off on the idea of a dinghy dock and re-evaluate in one year.
  6. Broadband: A community broadband committee has been established including members from various towns on the peninsula, and a website has been created: www.peninsulautility4broadband.org. Cohen also is aware of a USDA meeting about Broadband in Bucksport on Thursday, July 19 and plans to attend. Cohen will also check in with Jeff Nevins at Consolidated to see if any progress has been made on their report for the Broadband Committee.
  7. ACO Update: The animal control officer has been in touch with the Selectboard and is dealing with a complaint about cats in town.
  8. The Selectboard project list was reviewed. Many items have been crossed off as completed or holding off until next year. The board agreed that organizing files in the vault should be added to the project list.
  9. Cohen and Brewster attended a meeting of the Blue Hill/Surry Transfer Station committee on June 26. The committee acknowledged that the contract they signed with Fiberight is likely going to be at least 9 months behind schedule and there will be penalties. The penalty to take solid waste to the landfill is less than taking waste to PERC after signing the contract with Fiberight. The selectboard briefly discussed other options including looking at the Orland transfer station model.
  10. Treasurer's Report
    • June 26, 2018:
         Receipts: $16,929.29
         Warrants:
           Town: $6,054.82
           School: $80,147.18
           Payroll: $2,576.92
           Total: $88,778.92
    • July 3, 2018:
         Receipts: none
         Warrants:
           Town: $22,399.99
           Payroll: $9,814.39
           Total: $32,214.38
  11. Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 4:10 pm.
  12. Brewster motioned, Sherman seconded to adjourn at 4:32 pm. Aye-3, Nay-0