Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
October 21, 2009
Members Present: Rob Browne and Lauchlin Titus
Members Absent: Phil Haines
Others Present: Mary Sabins, George Gould, Tammy & Joe Thomas, Mary Grow, Chuck O’Neal and one other Coyote Ridge Road resident, Paul Mitnik, and Greg O’Halloran.
- Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Browne at 7:00 p.m.
- Minutes – On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the 10/7/09 meeting as written.
- New Business – a. Greg O’Halloran – Greg was asked to attend the meeting to sign the revised version of the consent agreement that he had originally prepared for the Board to sign and presented at the 10/7/09 meeting. Since that meeting, Sabins and Mitnik amended some of the words in the agreement and added item #5. Greg stated he had a problem with item #5 in the agreement that stated: “The consent agreement will be the last deadline extension granted to the Property Owner by the Town. The Town of Vassalboro reserves their right to pursue legal action against the Property Owner if item #1 of this agreement is not completed by the December 1, 2009 deadline as promised.” Greg’s objection to this paragraph is that this statement was not part of the verbal agreement reached with the Selectmen at a previous meeting and not part of their motion. Selectman Titus stated he did not have a problem with removing the paragraph, but it is reality that this extension is the last extension and the town does reserve our right to pursue legal action if Greg does not have the debris and asbestos removed by December 1, 2009. Greg indicated that he understood that. As asked by the Selectmen, Sabins then stepped out of the meeting to remove the paragraph from the document and to produce a new copy. The newly revised document was then distributed for review by all parties. After review and on a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to sign the agreement as presented. Office Clerk Jim Schad stepped into the meeting room to witness the signing of the document by the Selectmen and Mr. O’Halloran. b. General Assistance Ordinance – Chairman Browne called the public hearing to order at 7:15 p.m. to hear public comment on the adoption of the revised versions of appendices A, B, and C to the General Assistance Ordinance as recommended by the State. There was no public comment. The public hearing was closed and on a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to adopt appendices A, B, and C as proposed by the State. c. AOS 92 Order for public hearing – On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to sign the order calling for a public hearing on November 4th on the referendum vote to be held December 15th to change the Reorganization Plan and the Interlocal Agreement of the AOS.
- Reports – a. Status Report – Sabins reviewed each of the three items on the status report. Code Officer Mitnik updated the Board on the newest Leo Barnett case where subsurface wastewater rules were not followed. The Coyote Ridge Road problem was also briefly discussed. Chairman Browne told Chuck O’Neal that he had spoken with Representative Bill Browne and that Bill was willing to discuss the situation with the road residents. Chuck stated that he had spoken with DEP Representative Amy Lemelin and that she planned to speak with her supervisor about steps the DEP may take to resolve the subdivision road problems. Chuck also stated that one of the road residents had spoken with Ron LaVallee, the financier of the subdivision. The last item on the status report, the Cemetery Committee, was discussed. Sabins gave the Selectmen an update on the Committee’s first meeting that was held October 19th. b. Road Report – On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as written. Sabins also gave the Board an update on the newly opened search for the transfer station attendant position. c. Financial Report - On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as written.
- Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #25, #26, and #27.
- Other – 1. Sabins informed the Board that she had received requests from some of the employees for direct deposit services and she is investigating the feasibility of accommodating that request. The Board showed support for the idea. Sabins will have more information to share at the next meeting after she gathers information from the bank and determines if a majority of the employees are interested in the service. 2. L. Titus informed the Board about a meeting he attended recently with Sabins and members of the Conservation Commission concerning the new owner’s plan for the Rancourt Farm and a possible conservation easement that may be offered to the town. The new owners of the farm will come to the Board meeting on November 18th for a full presentation of their project plan.
- Adjourn - There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 11/4/09 with the following amendments: None.