Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
March 18, 2010
Members Present: Lauchlin Titus, and Phil Haines
Members Absent: Robert Browne
Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow, George Gould, and a local Boy Scout working on a merit badge.
- Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Selectman Titus at 7:00 p.m.
- Minutes – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the 3/4/10 meeting as written.
- New Business –
a. Energy Committee appointments – After brief discussion, and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to make the following appointments to the Community Energy Planning Committee with terms expiring 6/30/11: David Jenney, Clough Toppan, John Reuthe, Mike Vashon, Holly Weidner, and Tom Fullam.
b. Quit Claim Deed – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to sign a quit claim deed for Marcia Wooley on Map 008, Lot 061-1 for real estate taxes paid in full after the foreclosure date.
c. Assessor’s Contract – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted to sign the assessing contract with RJD Appraisal for $25,200 for the fiscal year 2010-11.
d. KVCOG letter – KVCOG requested to know if the Town had suggestions for State road projects that should be listed in the State’s long range plans for road projects and improvements on State roads within the boundaries of Vassalboro. The Selectmen suggested listing the need for sidewalks and bike pathways in the Route #32 and Bog Road area, as well as a flashing beacon at the Oak Grove Road and Route #32 intersection.
e. Barrows Road – Discussion was given about older town records that recorded efforts made by the town to discontinue the Barrows Road, located off the Webber Pond Road near Natanis Golf Course. After discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to begin the process to discontinue the Barrows Road.
- Reports - a) Status report – Sabins reviewed the two items on the status report and provided updated information on the Leo Barnett case. The Town Attorney will be contacting Mr. Barnett to collect the court ordered amounts Mr. Barnett now owes to the Town. Selectman Titus requested that the subject of Jonathan Blumberg be added to the status report. b) Road report – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Road Report as presented. Discussion was given about the plan to clear brush at the back of the North Vassalboro Cemetery on Cemetery Street to allow for the new section in the cemetery that is being marked out. Reporter Mary Grow cautioned that the property may be within the Shoreland Zone and clearing may need to follow certain guidelines. Sabins will follow-up with the Code Officer when he is available and before the clearing work is started. c) Financial report – The Board shared the written analysis and details of the financial report as prepared by the Manager with the teenage Boy Scout attendee. Explanations of the agenda items were also shared with the Scout throughout the meeting to help him understand the process.
- Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #56 and #57.
- Other – 1.) Sabins asked the Board to be thinking about to whom they would like to dedicate the town report. 2.) On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board signed a renewal agreement with the Kennebec Water District for the operation of the China Lake Dam. 3.) After discussion about Sabins’ failed appeal attempt, the Board agreed to pay $9,302.37 in back contributions to retirement fund MEPERS for disability contributions not made by the Town dating back to 2006. 4.) Sabins informed the Board that city officials in Augusta have plans to submit a grant application to Google to provide high speed broadband internet service to interested towns in Kennebec County. Sabins attended the informational meeting and has plans to participate in the application.
- Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 4/1/10 with the following amendments: None.