Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
September 16, 2021

Members Present: Rob Browne, Barbara Redmond, and Chris French

Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow, Mike Poulin, Tom Maguire, Gene Field, and George Hamar.

1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Rob Browne at 6:30 pm.

2. Minutes – Select Board Member Chris French stated that in section 5, the sentence near the bottom of page one concerning Delta ambulance needs to be revised to say: “Delta relies heavily on billable calls that have dwindled since Winslow has recently begun ambulance transport services.” On a motion made by B. Redmond, seconded by C. French, the Board voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the 9/2/21 meeting as amended. Chris further stated that to date, the Town of Vassalboro has enjoyed a continuous and uninterrupted relationship with Delta Ambulance without having to pay for appropriations. Currently Delta’s revenue stream is generated by collecting on billable calls for service.  Delta has faced certain turbulence over the last several years with the City of Waterville and the Town of Winslow vetting the idea of establishing their own transporting service, the latter to eventually follow through.  This recent uncertainty has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic creating a state-wide staffing crisis.  It is with this in mind that Chris suggested that we consider utilizing ARPA funding to provide financial assistance to Delta Ambulance.

3. Public Hearing on GA Appendices A-H – Chairman Browne opened the public hearing at 6:31 pm. There being no public comment, the hearing was immediately closed. Then, on a motion made by C. French, seconded by B. Redmond, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the revised GA Ordinance Appendices A-H as proposed by the State.

4. Transfer Station Compactor – Tom Maguire of Maguire Equipment was present at the meeting and discussed in detail with the Select Board his proposal for trash compacting equipment at the Transfer Station. Discussion was given as to the pros and cons of 15 and 20 horse power motors, 40-yard versus 45 or 50-yard compactor cans, and also a 4-yard compactor versus a 5.5-yard compactor, and whether to purchase one of each. If we purchase two 5.5-yard compactors, one could be installed now where the present open top container is located; the other 5.5-yard container could be installed later as weather permits in the location of the existing compactor after the cement pad is repaired and extended to accommodate the length of the new longer machine. After lengthy discussion and on a motion made by C. French, seconded by B. Redmond, the Board voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with Maguire Equipment to purchase two (2) Marathon RJ 550 (5.5 yard) 15 horse power compactor machines now, with one machine to be installed now at the open top location; the other machine to be installed in the spring to replace the existing Marathon 450 machine. We also agree to purchase from Maguire Equipment two new Roto-phase converters to replace the existing, and to purchase two (2) new 45-yard containers at a price yet to be determined from Maguire Equipment.

5. Constitution Week Proclamation – On a motion made by B. Redmond, seconded by C. French, the Board voted unanimously to adopt the annual Constitution Week Proclamation as requested by the Winslow DAR.

6. First National Wealth Management Bank Resolution – On a motion made by C. French, seconded by B. Redmond, the Board voted unanimously to adopt and sign the bank resolution to add the name of new bookkeeper Kayla Krause to the investment account.

7. Reschedule November meetings – The regular Select Board meeting dates in November conflict with the Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Holidays. After discussion, the Board agreed by consensus to reduce the November meetings to one meeting and to hold it on Tuesday, November 16th. The Board also agreed to set Thursday, October 21st at 6:30 pm as the date and time for a Goal Setting meeting. The public is allowed to attend to hear the discussion, but the public’s input will not be received by the Board at this meeting.

8. Reports – On a motion made by B. Redmond, seconded by C. French, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Road and Financial Reports as presented. While PW Director Gene Field was present during the meeting, B. Redmond inquired of Gene about paving price increases that were referenced by Gene in his Road Report. Gene said the paving of the town office and fire station parking lots may not happen this fall.

9. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by B. Redmond, seconded by C. French, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #17 and #18.

10. Other1. Sabins informed the Board that the Town has received notice that we have won first place in the MMA Annual Town Report Competition in our population group. Vassalboro has now won first place for nine consecutive years! 2. On a motion made by C. French, seconded by B. Redmond, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Paul Mitnik to the Conservation Commission until June 30, 2023 (filling the unexpired term of Betsy Poulin who resigned). 3. The Board discussed the pros and cons of possible adoption of a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for town office staff. After discussion and on a motion made by B. Redmond, seconded by C. French, the Board voted 2 in favor, one opposed (French) to approve the policy as written. C. French stated he is pro Covid vaccinations and wanted a blanket policy that covered all employees, not just the town office staff. 4. C. French stated that he had talked with Delta officials regarding hazard pay for Delta staff if the town were to contribute ARPA funds to Delta. The Delta official said it would be difficult to distribute the funds and recommended a donation to purchase a training manikin. No action taken. 5. C. French stated he is concerned about the town’s solid waste going to a landfill and no progress being made by the MRC to find a resolution instead of landfilling for the MRC members. He’d like to know what other alternatives we have. 6. B. Redmond expressed interest in attending a couple training webinars that she learned about via email sent by Sabins to the Board members. Sabins offered to register her for the classes if B. Redmond would let her know which ones. 7. Audience member Mike Poulin inquired what would happen to the surplus transfer station reserve funds (if any) after the compactor project is complete. Sabins replied the Select Board would determine whether to reinvest in the reserve or carry forward into next year to continue the project. We will know more after the compactor replacement project is complete.

11. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

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These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 9/30/21 with the following amendments: None.