Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
January 20, 2011

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

Others Present: Mary Sabins, David Hewins, Dick Phippen, Bill Pullen, Mary Grow, Everett & Sandra Reynolds, Barbara Bragdon, Ray Breton and another unknown male, State Trooper Rick Moody, and Jackie Reny (7:15).

1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Titus at 7:01 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 1/6/11 meeting as written.

3. New Business – a. Security Camera System – David Hewins of CMC Technology Group distributed handouts and described how a security camera system could work in the Oak Grove/Main Street intersection area to monitor activity down the Oak Grove Road. David explained the wireless technology and the components needed in order for the system to function. All law enforcement agencies could have access to the system if given the appropriate pass codes. A rough estimate for the system would be $18 -$25 thousand dollars, depending on the quality of the camera that was purchased, and more cameras could be added to the system as funds permitted. Savings can be obtained by mounting the camera to a building in the area with an internet system already in place. Ray Breton offered the use of his buildings in that location. David and Ray agreed to have further discussions together to develop a plan and a price estimate for the proposed security system using Ray’s buildings. Resident Everett Reynolds voiced his opinion in opposition to the security camera system stating a one camera system was too expensive and would not be adequate for the whole town. Trooper Moody and Officer Phippen spoke in favor of the system stating the camera and resulting video recordings would make their detective work much easier. Chairman Titus stated he felt this camera is a good option for security in the North, especially since security was emphatically sought by the residents in that location last summer when acts of violence and thefts were occurring. Chairman Titus also stated that he would like to explore this option further and get better numbers for the cost of the project. All Selectmen agreed. David agreed he will work on defining the cost of the camera system and will report back to the town manager.

4. Reports – a. Status report - The status report was reviewed. After discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Status Report. b. Road report – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Road Report as presented. c. Financial Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the December Financial Report as presented.

5. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #39, #40, #41, and #42.

6. Other – 1. Phil requested that we revisit budget meeting timeline and the budget workshop that was scheduled for February 24th at 9:00 a.m. Phil will be unable to attend that meeting. After discussion, the workshop meeting was rescheduled for February 17th at 9:00 a.m. and Sabins will plan to have the proposed budget packets out to the Selectmen on Monday, February 14th. The Selectmen will still plan to meet for their regular meeting on Thursday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m.

7. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

 

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These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 2/3/11 with the following amendments: None.