Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
January 16, 2008
Don Breton called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. In attendance were the following: Libby Mitchell, Rob Browne, Paul Mitnik, Francis Joseph, Maurine Nadeau, Mary Grow and Mike Vashon.
The January 2nd minutes were reviewed and approved, Libby/Rob 3-0.
The Warrant was reviewed and approved, Libby/Rob 3-0.
The Road Report was reviewed and approved, Libby/Rob 3-0.
The Status Report was reviewed and the town manager indicated no changes for this meeting.
Old Business: The selectmen were given a package of information regarding the junkyard/automobile graveyard on the property of Francis Joseph prepared by the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO), Paul Mitnik. The package contained letters to Francis Joseph dating back to 2005, pictures of the vehicles on the property, a copy of a summons for an unlicensed recycler, a copy of Title 30-A, section 4452. The more recent letters, from Paul Mitnik, from June 2007 to January 2008 requested that Mr. Joseph remove vehicles from his property because of the violations. The deadlines that were stated were extended on several occasions with no compliance.
The board requested from Mr. Joseph what his intentions were. Mr. Joseph indicated that some vehicles were removed, although Mr. Mitnik indicated that 40 to 50 vehicles remained. Mr. Joseph indicated there were not that many vehicles on his property. Libby Mitchell indicated that based on the documentation that the selectmen were given, the court would most likely find in favor of the town and based on the amount of fines that could be levied, Mr. Joseph could possibly loose his home. It is not the intent of the town to own his home. All Mr. Joseph has to do is clean up his property according to state and local laws. Ms. Nadeau indicated that Mr. Joseph had not been well and in Dr’s care. Libby then indicated that Mr. Mitnik had given names of various individuals that were capable of removing vehicles. It is up to Mr. Joseph to contact individuals or companies to remove the vehicles. It was also indicated that the individual he chose contact the town directly to come up with a plan to remove the vehicles. Libby asked if Mr. Joseph and Ms Nadeau understood what needed to be done. They acknowledged they understood and would have the individual they chose to contact the CEO. A report of progress would be made at the next selectmen meeting.
Town manager asked if we could go into executive session to continue discussing his contract. Motion was made at 7:52 pm by Libby "I move that the board enter executive session to discuss a personnel matter pursuant to 1 MRSA, Section 405, subsection 6(A)."
A motion was made to close executive session at 8:44. No action was taken during the executive session.
There being no further business, a motion to adjourn the selectmen’s meeting at 8:45 p.m. Libby/Rob 3-0.
Michael A. Vashon