Vassalboro Select Board
Minutes of the Meeting
March 21, 2019

Members Present: Rob Browne, Lauchlin Titus, and John Melrose

Others Present: Mary Sabins, Mary Grow, Walker Thompson, Laura Jones, Mike Vashon, Steve Jones, Nate Gray, Barbie Redman, Don Breton (6:10), Bill Browne (6:10), Scott Pierz, and several members from the public who are users of the Sanitary District sewer system.

1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Titus at 6:00 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 3/7/19 meeting as written.

3. Town Report theme and dedication – After brief discussion, the Board made a decision on who the town report will be dedicated to this year, plus decided to have the theme of the book concentrate around the State’s bicentennial celebration.

4. Investment policy – The Board signed the final copy of the Investment Policy that included the amendment to the text that was made at the last meeting.

5. Sewer project funding – Chairman Titus explained to members in the audience why this topic was on the agenda. He explained that as a result of the Sanitary District’s public hearing a few weeks ago on a rate increase, a member of the public came to the last Selectmen’s meeting to ask for the town’s help through taxation to relieve the financial burden on the users of the system to pay for the new sewer line. Because the topic was not on that meeting agenda, but instead discussed under the “other” portion of the agenda, the Chairman had asked to have this subject formerly placed on an agenda for public notice and discussion. Chairman Titus explained the origin of the TIF Fund and its authorized uses, which includes contributions to the Sanitary District’s new sewer line. He further explained that several contributions from the TIF fund have already been granted over the last few years to the Sanitary District in the total amount of $290K. The Board expects that more annual grants from the fund may be gifted to the District to pay back loans on the project in the future, but commitments and promises could not be made now on what action future members on the Select Board may take when awarding TIF grant funds. Lauchlin informed the residents at the meeting that the issue could be placed on the annual town meeting warrant voluntarily by the Select Board, or the issue could be forced on the warrant by interested residents by circulating a petition containing the desired action specified in a warrant article and collecting 211 registered Vassalboro voter’s signatures. The signed petition would then be submitted to the Selectmen. Chairman Titus restated his position that he was not in favor of asking the town to contribute tax money toward this project. A question and answer session ensued with the residents at the meeting, several of whom stated they were considering selling their home because the sewer bill will be higher than the taxes.

6. Reports – On a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Road, Financial, and Transfer Station Reports as presented.

7. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by J. Melrose, seconded by R. Browne, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #53 and #54.

8. Other1. Sabins noted receipt of an invitation she had received to the 56th Annual Award Celebration presented by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Sabins noted that our school’s JMG Specialist Victor Esposito has been selected to receive the Outstanding Professional award. When Sabins asked if she should plan to attend on behalf of the Town, the Board responded we should learn if someone from the school is planning to attend instead, and we should plan to get a congratulatory card for the Selectmen to sign. 2. Sabins shared with the Board the email that she had received from the Transfer Station Manager George Hamar requesting to fill the full time position vacancy at the transfer station now after it has been vacant for a year. The Board took the request under advisement. 3. Selectman John Melrose stated that he had spoken with resident and MDOT Engineer David Allen about the survey work John desires to have done at the transfer station to consider whether to move the location of the driveway entrance. David is willing to help the town with this project. The topic will be placed on the next agenda.

9. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 6:47 p.m. with a Budget Committee meeting to immediately follow this meeting at 7:00 p.m.


These minutes were read and accepted by the Select Board on 4/4/19 with the following amendments: Non