. Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
January 16, 2014

Members Present: Rob Browne, Lauchlin Titus, and Phil Haines

Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow,

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 R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the 12/19/13 meeting as written.

3. Municipal Review Committee (MRC) resolution – After discussion, and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to sign the resolution prepared by the MRC to support the MRC’s effort to continue the MRC’s mission to provide regional solid waste disposal beyond the 2018 contract expiration with PERC.

4. Budget meeting schedule – The annual list of tentative budget meetings was distributed by Sabins. All three Board members had a conflict with the daytime budget work session scheduled for Thursday, February 20th. The work session was rescheduled to Monday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m.

5. Quit claim deed – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, and voted unanimously by the Board, the Board voted to sign the Quit Claim deed for Margaret, Martha, and Marie Eastman to clear a tax lien recorded in 1977 on their property (then owned by Albert Eastman) and never discharged by the town.

6. Reports – a. Road Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented. b. Police Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented. c. Financial Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented.

7. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #36 and #37.

8. Other 1. Sabins informed the Board that MMA will be launching a campaign to preserve Revenue Sharing. The campaign will inform the public and will target the current legislators to encourage them to support continuance of the Revenue Sharing program. 2. The Board discussed the first draft of the mowing bid specifications. Discussion was given about breaking the bid specifications into three separate bids for the recreation fields, the cemeteries, and the lawns instead of the geographic location of the work to be performed as was originally proposed by Sabins. Discussion also included whether the town crew will perform the annual leaf raking and pickup of branches at the start of the mowing season. The bid specifications will be revised to reflect the type of mowing as suggested by the Board and will also ask the bidders to provide a price for raking and branch clean up so we can determine the most cost effective approach. 3. On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to renew and sign the annual China Lake Dam operation agreement with Kennebec Water District. 4. The Board authorized Sabins to contact a TIF Attorney of her choice to begin the discussion of whether to create a TIF district for Summit Natural Gas. 5. Sabins informed the Board that the town loader is in need of repairs at a price estimated at $16,000 to $17,000. Because of the cost for a new machine and no funding in place, replacement is not an option at this time.

9. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

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These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on January 30, 2014 with the following amendments: None.