Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
May 18, 2017

Members Present: Rob Browne and Lauchlin Titus

Members Absent: Phil Haines

Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow, Jane Aiudi, Jody Kundreskas, and Gene Field (7:04)

1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Titus at 7:00 p.m.

2. Minutes – On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the 5/4/17 meeting as written.

3. Cemetery Committee update – Cemetery Committee Chairman Jane Aiudi introduced a new volunteer, Jody Kundreskas, who has reached out to the Cemetery Committee to volunteer her labor to repair and clean old gravestones that are dated prior to 1900. Jody has an interest in this type of work and has taken classes to learn how to effectively do this stone work. Jody then provided handouts to the Board to show them samples of the damaged and stained headstones she would like to work on. Discussion was given as to the scope of the work, and possible opportunities to enlist help from Erskine students seeking volunteer community service hours for their academic resume. Selectman Browne offered to talk with the Erskine headmaster to see if giving training and receiving student help with this project might be possible. The Board thanked Jody for her interest and willingness to provide such a service.

4. Handicap parking area – Public Words Director Gene Field informed the Board that 16 feet of space is needed for a van-accessible handicap parking space with a hash-marked safe discharge zone; 13 feet of space is needed for a non-van-accessible handicap space and discharge zone. In front of Hair Builders Salon, there is not enough space for either type of handicap parking space and zone, without the safe zone being in the middle of the Oak Grove Road driving lane. Brief discussion was held again about the possible use of TIF funds to help the business owner pay for changing the swing of her front door and moving her ramp to the other side of the front door to allow for handicap parking alongside her building. Sabins will contact the business owner to see if she has any interest in pursuing this avenue as an option.

5. Other – The Board asked Gene Field to interpret the printed reports that were produced from the recently acquired electronic radar speed sign that was gifted to the Town by the Maine Department of Transportation. The report reviewed by the Board this evening contained recent statistics of motorists on the Church Hill Road.

6. Reports – a. Road Report - On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented. b. First Responders’ Report – no report was available. c. Financial Report - On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented.

7. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #64 and #65.

8. Other 1. On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to sign a catering and liquor permit for SAVZ Corp. d/b/a Unity House of Pizza for a wedding to be held at the old woolen mill on June 3rd. 2. The Board re-signed of the Town Meeting Warrant due to an error in the heading on each page of the first version. 3. The Board discussed a request from the Historical Society President Jan Clowes to put a television in the town office lobby with a continuous loop running on it about the historical society and it’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Grant. After receiving negative feedback from staff who were concerned about having to listen to it all day, the Board rejected the request unless it runs for one specific day or purpose, but not continually every day. 4. On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to sign the quit claim deed requested by a title firm to clear the title for a property in Vassalboro about to be sold. 5. On a motion made by R. Browne, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to sign the Spirit of America Award certificate that will be awarded to the family of Jim Mitchell at town meeting.

9. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

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These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 6/15/17 with the following amendments: None.