Board of Selectmen

Minutes of the Meeting

March 12, 2008


Don Breton called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. In attendance were the following: Libby Mitchell, Rob Browne, Paul Mitnik, George Gould, Olin Charette, Richard Malloy, Clint Curtis, Rick Denico, Lauchlin Titus, Bill Browne, Holly Weidner, Mary Grow and Mike Vashon.


The February 27th 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. Two items were added. Francis Joseph and Olin Charette were added for monitoring purposes.

The Financial Report was reviewed and approved, Libby/Rob 3-0.

The Police Report was reviewed and approved, Libby/Rob 3-0.

Old Business: An update of the progress of Francis Joseph’s automobile graveyard. Paul Mitnik indicated that approximately 25 vehicles remain, although with all of the snow the firm that was removing the vehicles got stuck in the snow on many occasions and they were busy with their normal wrecker business, therefore, not very many vehicles were removed in the past few weeks. Paul will continue to monitor.

New Business: Paul then gave a quick update of the status of Olin Charette junkyard. Paul indicated that Olin had just applied for the state recyclers and dealership license and there were some screening issues that needed attention. Olin admitted he was behind schedule on paperwork and was appreciative of Paul bringing this to his attention. Olin indicated that it was difficult to do any of the work requested because of the frozen ground and would work on these issues as soon as possible. Paul would work with Olin to set goals to accomplish the work that is needed.

Paul then discussed draft changes to the Building Ordinance. Don asked about the requirement to permit swimming pools and Paul indicated that most other towns require permits and the town manager also stated that this was a way to track the increased values for tax purposes. Paul indicated that we could issue a permit without charging a fee. Rich Denico also asked about having septic systems close to the boundary of another resident. Paul would look to see what the state recommended and make any appropriate changes.

The Automobile Graveyard/Junkyard ordinance was reviewed with a few cosmetic changes. The main goal was to bring up to date ordinances that have become outdated because of changes to state law, to clarify sections that in practice are incomplete or contradictory and to implement parts of the strategic plan.

The third item was a brief discussion on updating a current ordinance, The Vassalboro Conservation Commission. This was a request by the Conservation committee. Libby indicated that the ordinance should not be referred to a reestablishing the Vassalboro conservation Commission, since it is a current ordinance and we are simply revising it.

The selectmen then requested to go into executive session to further discuss the applications for the town managers position. There was then a motion to adjourn from executive session at 9:40.

There being no further business, a motion to adjourn the selectmen’s meeting at 9:42 p.m. Libby/Rob 3-0.

Attest: ______________________________

Michael A. Vashon