Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
July 17, 2007

Don Breton called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. In attendance were the following: Libby Mitchell, Rob Browne, Miki Heikkila, Barry Bernier, Kevin Levasseuu, Amy Nutting, Lori Fowle, Roland Tilton (retired game warden), David Landry (president of C.R.L.A.), Mary Grow and Mike Vashon.

The June 27th minutes were reviewed and Don Breton suggested that the names of all individuals who were appointed be reflected along their positions in the minutes. Minutes approved with changes, 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 that the public works crew had completed all the work done on the landfill. Both C.E.S. and N.E. Organics indicated Public Works did an excellent job. The Oakland recycling facility is 40 to 50% complete. Rest Area on route 3 is still waiting for fed approval before any funds can be expended.

Old Business: None

New Business: David Landry, president of the C.R.L.A. proposed removing some of the fish screens at the China Lake outlet dam in East Vassalboro. The proposal was to remove approximately one half of the screens there and most would be in front of the small gate which is opened the majority of the time. By removing some of the screens this would reduce the maintenance burden by the Vassalboro public work employees and make controlling the lake water level easier. Also in attendance was retired game warden Roland Tilton who controlled the water level at the dam in years past. By removing some of the screens, migrating fish such as perch and alewives would exit and because of the number of dams down stream they would not be able to migrate back up. Roland did indicate that when DIF&W stocks the lake the screens would most likely have to be installed for a few weeks, as stocked fish migrate towards running water for a short period of time. The selectmen postponed any action on the screen removal until more information on the benefits of removal and monitoring was brought forward. KWD and biologist would be contacted.

Lori Fowle, chairperson of the Vassalboro School Board informed the selectmen there are at least two options for forming a regional school unit. The first is for the current three towns, Vassalboro, China and Winslow to convert from a school union to a regional unit. This option would be discussed at a meeting in Winslow on July 26. The second option that was discussed in Windsor is to have seven small towns that currently use Erskine Academy to form a new unit and utilize Erskine as their high school. Libby Mitchell asked what the school committee thought was the best for the town. One of the school committee members, Miki Heikkila responded, get the law overturned and stay the way we are. Libby indicated that regionalization would save the state some money.

Lori also stated that she has heard a rumor that state education officials may require the current union to accept either Palermo or Waterville as another unit. One of the problems with the second option is that Erskine would be required to accept all students in the region and that is not currently the case. One of the other committee members Kevin Levasseur indicated that Erskine is a private school and they could close at any time leaving towns with no place for students. Lori indicated that the state is requiring towns to submit a plan by August 31, 2007 and a makeup of one school board member, an elected municipal official and a resident. Lori would keep the selectmen informed.

There being no further business, a motion to adjourn the selectmen’s meeting at 8:33 p.m. Libby/Rob, 3-0.

Attest: ______________________________ Michael A. Vashon