Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
June 5, 2014
Members Present: Rob Browne, Lauchlin Titus, and Phil Haines
Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow, Jim Poulin, four Erskine Academy Students, and one student’s mom.
1. Call to order – Minutes prior to calling the meeting to order, Chairman Titus gave the Erskine students in the audience an introduction to our town government operations and a “who’s who” among town officials lesson. The meeting was then called to order by Chairman Titus at 7:03 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 5/22/14 meeting as written.
3. Propane bid – Sabins distributed a spreadsheet summary of the four bids received. With little discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to award the propane bid to Augusta Fuel for $1.78/gallon for the next fiscal year.
4. MMA Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) nominations – This item is revisited from the last meeting. Chairman Titus stated that he had emailed suggested nominee John Melrose recently, but he has not yet heard back from him is he is willing to be nominated to serve on this committee. Due to the pending deadline to submit nominees, the Board voted unanimously on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Brown, to tentatively nominate John Melrose to the LPC pending John’s acceptance and willingness to serve. Chairman Titus signed the nomination form that will be submitted to MMA after John signs the form if he agrees to be nominated. (After the fact note: John Melrose respectively declined the nomination a day or two after this meeting.)
5. Change of meeting time for next meeting – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to change the time of the June 19th Selectmen’s meeting to 7:30 p.m. to allow the Board time to attend a solid waste disposal planning meeting concerning PERC in Waterville at 6:00 p.m. Selectman Browne stated that he will be unable to attend the PERC meeting, but will attend the Board meeting.
6. Next year town meeting date – School Finance Director Paula Pooler requested that the Board discuss and possibly set the town meeting date for next year, so that they can plan their meeting schedules for the other Board meeting dates for other towns within the AOS 92 School District. After discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to set the town meeting date for Monday, June 1st, 2015, with the election to be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
7. Reports – a. Road Report – with no reports available to review this meeting, the Board took no action on this agenda items. b. Police Report - On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented.
8. Other (taken out of agenda order) – 1. Resident Jim Poulin asked the Board to revisit the fireworks ordinance issue. He came to a Board meeting over a year ago to ask that the Board present an ordinance to control the use of fireworks in town to the town meeting for approval. Mr. Poulin stated that the year-round use of fireworks in five different places in his Riverside neighborhood is as bad, if not worse, than his initial complaint a year ago. He is concerned about noise late into the night that affects not only him and his wife, but the elderly who live in the area who won’t come in to complain. He has called our State Representative, but he was not given any hope that the State Law that allows fireworks will be changed anytime soon. Chairman Titus explained that a local ordinance is hard to enforce with only one law enforcement officer. The Board asked Sabins to put together a list of towns in Maine that have adopted fireworks regulations.
9. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #63 and #64.
10. Other – 1. A thank you note from Spectrum Generations for our contribution of $1,000 to their organization was read. 2. Sabins noted that annual employee evaluations will be conducted soon and completed by the end of June 2014. 3. Discussion was given about the two vacancies on the upcoming local ballot for school committee positions. Sabins explained that write-in candidates with the highest vote tally will be offered the positions.
11. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 p.m.
These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 6/19/14 with the following amendments: None.