Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
April 14, 2011
Members Present: Lauchlin Titus and Phil Haines
Members Absent: Rob Browne
Others Present: Mary Sabins, David Jenney, Mary Grow, Howard Morang, Calvin Beaumier and another unknown member of the Beagle Club, two female students from Erskine Academy, and Gene Field (7:15).
1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Titus at 7:00 p.m.
2. Minutes – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the 3/30/11 meeting as written. Chairman Titus then explained the protocol for the Selectmen’s meetings to the Erskine Students who attended the meeting to complete a school assignment designed to help them learn about their town government.
3. New Business – a.) Public Hearing on Animal Control Ordinance – Chairman Titus opened the public hearing at 7:05 p.m. Resident David Jenney shared several comments on the proposed ordinance and inquired about the meaning of and the reason for many sections in the ordinance. A couple of typographical errors were also pointed out. Animal Control Officer Howard Morang was present for the discussion and provided clarification to many of David’s questions that arose concerning the definition of at large animals, the varying amounts of impoundment fees, and the requirement for owners to clean up their animal feces. Mr. Morang stated that this ordinance is based on the ordinance now in place in the Town of Hollis and that the ordinance is helping to reduce the number of delinquent dog registrations in that town. Waterville Beagle Club treasurer Calvin Beaumier inquired how this ordinance would affect dog owners training their dogs on the Beagle Club property located on the Gray Road. He stated the club has been located at the property for over 50 years and the training ceases between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Mr. Beaumier requested that an exemption be added to the proposed ordinance for the Beagle Club in Section 8 that addresses animal noise. The Selectmen agreed to add the exemption. The public hearing was closed by Chairman Titus at 7:32 p.m. Sabins will make suggested changes to the ordinance and the Board will review the amended draft at the next meeting.
4. Reports – a. Status Report – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the status report. b. Road Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the road report. c. Police Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the police report.
5. Other (taken out of agenda order) – 1. Public Works Director and Road Commissioner Gene Field informed the Board that the town owned a leaf vacuum unit with a seven horsepower motor all mounted on a trailer. The vacuum unit has been detached from the trailer and mounted it to the back of the town F550 public works truck, so the trailer has not been used, is not needed, and could be sold. The vacuum unit is underpowered and Gene offered to sell an 11-horsepower Honda mower engine (approximately 6 or 7 years old) that he owns to the town to make a more efficient and higher powered leaf vacuum unit. After discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to sell the trailer. On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to purchase the Honda engine from Gene Field for $150.00. 2. David Jenney inquired what it would take to have the town take over the responsibility of the Cross Hill Cemetery. Sabins stated it would take a vote of the town. David stated he is the present overseer of that cemetery, but would like to see the town take it over. No formal action taken.
6. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #58 and #59.
7. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 4/28/11with the following amendments: None.