Town of Vassalboro
Select Board Meeting
6:30 P.M. Vassalboro Town Office
Thursday, February 2, 2023

Members Present: Barbara Redmond, Chris French, Rick Denico

Present: Aaron Miller, Mary Grow, Mike Poulin, Doug Phillips, Ben Gidney, Brian Lajoie, Tim Dutton, Chris Reynolds, Nathan Polley, Jennifer Fortin, Cole Fortin, Nicole Dellinger, Michael Dellinger, Brian Stanley, Stacy Richmond and Cathy Coyne

1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chair B. Redmond at 6:30 p.m.

2. Minutes – On a motion by R. Denico, seconded by C. French the board voted unanimously to accept the minutes of the Jan. 19, 2023 meeteing with a correction to Cathy Coyne’s name.

3. Proclamation: Boy Scouts of America “Scout Anniversary” – After the Pledge of Allegiance, R. Denico read a proclamation recognizing the Scouts of Vassalboro who have given service to the community through their participation in such worthy programs as the annual Scouting for Food Drive, Veterans Day and Memorial Day Observances, and various community good deeds such as: participating in the American Legion Flag Day Retirement Ceremony, the Michaud Family Bake Sale, making a donation to the American Legion for Veterans Christmas Stockings, participating in the Vassalboro Business Association Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and participating in setting up the Vassalboro Community School PTO Breakfast with Santa. The proclamation represents the annual anniversary week of Scouting which was incorporated in the United States on February 8, 1910.

4. Matt Weaver RE: Investment Management Account – M. Weaver was unable to attend due to a family matter and will reschedule.

5. Ben Gidney RE: Parking Ordinance – B. Gidney requested the board consider changing the ordinance to no parking “Within ten (10) feet of the pavement on the north side of Bog Rd. from the intersection of Main Street westerly to the entrance to the Vassalboro Library from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and on the south side of the Bog Rd. from the intersection of Main Street westerly to the entrance to the Vassalboro Library.”
T. Dutton agreed that he would not want to see the stop sign impeded from vehicles parked. R. Denico suggested a stop ahead sign. B. Redmond said B. Gidney would be notified when the public hearing would be scheduled.

6. Maine Savings Bank Share Certificate #12 – C. French motioned to enter into a 40-month certificate at 4%, seconded by R. Dencio; 3-0.

7. Personnel Policy – The board agreed that volunteers must be given a copy of the personnel manual after taking the oath.

B. Redmond noted that eight people are receiving paper checks. A. Miller will check with Chief Walker and ask him to have a conversation with those people in an effort to move to electronic payments.
C. French said that COLA increases should be the first pay period of the fiscal year. A. Miller will check into what the cost would be for overtime and comp time for this year’s budget. The board is not interested in doing any buyout of sick leave. A. Miller will check into the cost of a family health insurance plan.
The board agreed to strike language that allows alcohol to be consumed on town property during Town sponsored events. The board also agreed to increase the allowance for steel toed boots to $150 a year.

8. Handicap Accessible Doors – A. Miller presented two quotes for two door openers at the town office. This was tabled until he checks on ADA compliance.

9. Transfer Station – Three proposals were presented to the board. The board is interested in setting up a taskforce to look into this matter further. A. Miller has a call in to Sen. Angus King’s office to see what type of grants might be available. B. Redmond will check with Amy Davidoff to see if she is interested in serving on the taskforce.

10. Reports:

a. Town Manager Report
b. Police Report
c. Road Report
R. Denico motioned to accept all three reports, seconded by C. French; 3-0.
d. Finance Report
C. French noted the over expenditure on the Town Manager’s line. A. Miller will follow up on this matter at the next meeting.

11. Approve Treasurer’s Warrants.
B. Redmond asked for a copy of the warrant summary for each meeting. C. French motioned to approve warrants 45&46; seconded by R. Denico.

12. Other items as may be presented by the Town Manager or Board of Selectmen

Phosphorus runoff
C. French noted that he reached out to D. Merrill regarding phosphorous run off, wondering if the planning board should look at a “runoff ordinance.”
Library ARPA funds request
B. Stanley asked if the board would agree to allocate up to $10,000 from ARPA funds to pay for paving at the library. C. French said that they are interested in installing handicapped accessible doors at the town office and would need to wait. A. Miller explained that the library would meet the guidelines to receive these funds based on decreased revenue at the nonprofit. B. Redmond asked how much revenue has been lost. B. Stanley said that he would need to check with his treasurer.

13. Executive Session if needed – No executive session.

14. Adjourn

On a motion by R. Denico, seconded by C. French, the board unanimously agreed to adjourn at 9:05 p.m.