Vassalboro Board of Selectmen
Minutes of the Meeting
September 19, 2018

Members Present: Rob Browne and John Melrose

Members Absent: Lauchlin Titus

Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow, and Ben Brann from Comprehensive Land Technologies.

1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Selectman Rob Browne at 7:00 p.m.

2. Minutes – On a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the 9/6/18 meeting as written.

3. MMA Voting Credentials – After brief discussion, and on a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Mary Sabins as the voting delegate and John Melrose as the alternate voting delegate at the annual MMA business meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 at the Augusta Civic Center during the Annual MMA Convention.

4. Gravel Pit Agreement – Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc. owner Benjamin Brann was present at the meeting and explained to the Board that he is attempting to license his gravel pit that abuts Vassalboro’s pit in South China with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). A fifty foot buffer is supposed to be undisturbed between the property lines, but because the earth has been dug up to the line on both sides and the material is pretty much gone, without this merger agreement, a DEP rules violation would exist. After discussion, and on a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve and sign the pit merger agreement with Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc. and the Town of Vassalboro.

5. Reportsa. Road Report - On a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented. b. First Responders Report – No report available. c. Transfer Station Report - On a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the report as presented.

6. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #16 and #17.

7. Other1. The Board signed a thank you card for Steve Jones for his contribution of trees and labor in the beautification effort in the park beside the Historical Society. Chairman Titus will sign the card next week. 2. Sabins read aloud the letter received from Town of China Assessors denying our request for a tax abatement on the gravel pit. After discussion, the Board agreed by consensus not to pursue an appeal of the China Board of Assessors’ decision. 3. Sabins explained that we have learned that the repair costs for the backhoe will be greater than expected. The rear cylinder needs to be replaced and the other resealed. New parts are anticipated to cost $3,300, plus labor. Money could be saved if reconditioned parts are used, but a two week wait period will be incurred, which will cause a severe hardship in the operations of the transfer station for Transfer Station Manager George Hamar. After discussion, and on a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve the repair of the backhoe cylinder with new parts. 4. Sabins informed the Board that Superintendent Al Pfeiffer called and sent his regrets that he was unable to attend the meeting this evening, but hopes to attend on October 4th. The Board asked Sabins to let the new Superintendent know that he is not expected to attend every Selectmen’s meeting. 5. Sabins gave an update on the generator grant and a recent visit to the school to gather information for the grant application. 6. J. Melrose asked if the Town had an ordinance in place that regulated the distance a registered sex offender can live from the school. He has been asked this question. No answer was immediately available and will need to be researched.

8. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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These minutes were read and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on 10/4/18 with the following amendments: None.