Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
August 19, 2010
Members Present: Rob Browne, Lauchlin Titus, and Phil Haines
Others Present: Mary Sabins, Joe Suga, George Gould, Barbara Bragdon, Sandy & Wilton Reynolds, Evert Fowle, Mary Grow, Don Breton, Jackie Reny, David Jenney, and an unknown male.
1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Titus at 6:58 p.m.
2. Minutes – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the 7/22/10 and 8/5/10 meetings as written.
3. New Business – (taken out of agenda order to allow Jackie Reny to leave early)
b.) Jackie Reny updated the Board on the activities of the Vassalboro Business Association and the upcoming Vassalboro Days to be held on September 17th and 18th.
a.) District Attorney Evert Fowle recapped the discussion that was given at the Community Crime Watch Organizational meeting held last week at the fire station. He reiterated the efforts being made by law enforcement officials in conjunction with the help of the community to curb the break-ins and thefts that are occurring in the North end of town over the last several months. Evert discouraged the Selectmen from attempting to adopt a loitering ordinance because he feels that loitering ordinances are constitutionally suspect, but he suggested some improvements could be made to our existing Curfew Ordinance. Evert and his colleagues will provide suggestions for amendments to the Curfew Ordinance for discussion at the next Selectmen’s meeting on September 2nd. Members of the public present at the meeting had an opportunity to discuss the problems they are experiencing in their neighborhood with Mr. Fowle. Evert stated that he and the other law enforcement officials who attended last week’s meeting were very impressed by the number of residents in attendance (approximately 178) at that meeting. He encouraged those in attendance at tonight’s meeting by saying he felt the townspeople in Vassalboro can make a positive impact on crime in town by working together to solve it.
c.) Streetlight request – The Selectmen reviewed the streetlight pricing information gathered by Sabins to install a light at the intersection of the Cemetery Street and the Sanitary District Driveway. A request for the streetlight has been received by Barbara Bragdon on behalf of those residents living in that area on Cemetery Street that have been victims of theft. Former Selectman Don Breton, who was present in the audience, asked if the request for a streetlight had been reviewed by the Streetlight Committee. None of the present Selectmen or the Manager was aware that a Streetlight Committee existed. After discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to conditionally approve the installation of a sodium open fixture streetlight pending approval of the Streetlight Committee.
d.) Comprehensive Plan – After brief discussion the Board decided to take no action at this time on the letter from KVCOG offering assistance to help write a Comprehensive Plan.
4.Reports – a. Status Report – Sabins provided an update on each item on the report. No action taken. b. Road Report – Brief discussion was given about no parking ordinances. On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Road Report as written. c. Police Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Police Report as written.
5. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by P. Haines, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #10 and #11.
6.Other – 1. Sabins explained that she had made the Certificate of Deposit investments as authorized by the Board at the last meeting. Kennebec Savings Bank required the Selectmen to sign a resolution to establish the new account at that bank. On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to sign the resolution form. 2. Sabins inquired of the Board if they were interested in asking the town to adopt a PACE ordinance to make the Vassalboro Residents eligible to apply for and receive Energy Assistance Grants from Efficiency Maine. The Board agreed to discuss the matter at their next meeting and asked Sabins to notify the Energy Committee about the PACE Grant Opportunity. 3. Upon the request of Recreation Director Nicole Wasilewski, and on a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by P. Haines, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Kim Keezer to the Recreation Committee. 4. Chairman Titus informed the Board that the town has received the first round of energy grant money in the amount of $8,000.
7.Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 9/2/10 with the following amendments: None.