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2001 Cranberry Isles Report
by Richard Beal

March 13
April  3
May    1  17
June   5
July   3
August 7
Sept   4
Oct    2
Nov   13
Dec    4  18


MINUTES OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

13 March 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Selectmen's Meeting was convened on 13 March 2001, directly after the annual Town Meeting, with Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal, and Denise McCormick present.  On motion of Richard Beal, with second of Denise McCormick, David Stainton was elected Chairman of Selectmen for the year 2001. Francis Bartlett, Town Clerk/Treasurer, was in the audience.

Richard Beal informed the other Selectmen that he believed notes or some form of recording should be undertaken to document all meetings of the Selectmen for future reference.  The Selectmen agreed and Richard Beal was appointed to take notes of all future meetings.

The Selectmen then undertook the task of making appointments of Town Officials as follows:

SHELLFISH COMMITTEE
                  Years
Richard Alley       3   Chairman Pro Tempore
Norman Sanborn Jr.  3
Kelly Smith         2
Tim Moran           2
Scott Bracy         1

TOWN ADMINISTRATOR COMMITTEE
Bruce Fernald           Chairman Pro Tempore
Kate Chaplin
David Sordyl
Beverly Sanborn
Robin Richman

PLANNING BOARD
                  Years
Josh Hardy          3   2004
Kelly Smith         3   2004
Bill Dowling        2   2003
Steve Philbrook     3   2004

OFF ISLAND PARKING COMMITTEE
Edward Gray             Chairman Pro Tempore
Cortney Chaplin
Sonja Colby
Barbara Meyers
Paul Fernald
  Note: This committee is to report back to the Board of Selectmen
  at the May 1st, 2001 meeting with a status of its actions, findings
  and accomplishments.

ASSESSOR
Garry Blanchette   Note: A copy of his contract is to be obtained
  for the coming year.

CONSTABLES
Cortney Chaplin    Islesford
Richard Beal       Great Cranberry

ANIMAL CONTROL
Cortney Chaplin    Islesford
Renna Colby        Great Cranberry

HARBOR MASTER
(Vacant)           Islesford
Wesley Bracy Jr.   Great Cranberry

HEALTH OFFICER
Warren Fernald

GENERAL ASSISTANCE
Francis J. Bartlett

ROAD COMMISSIONER
David Sordyl       All town roads

BOARD OF APPEALS
                         Years
Theodore (Teddy) Spurling  3   2004
Mary Russell               3   2004

ASSESSMENT REVIEW
Bruce Fernald
Michael Macfarlan
The Board of Selectmen then discussed the contract for maintenance and repair of town floats, setting and retrieving of same.  The Chair opened the bids and after discussion as to the benefits of keeping work on the island versus sending the work to an off island company decided to award the contract to Roy Hadlock in the amount of $15,000.  The Chairman is to sign the contract and discuss timing for some of the work to be undertaken this spring.  Mr. Hadlock's phone number is: 667-3999.

The next contract to be discussed was for solid waste removal from both the islands of Great Cranberry and Islesford.  Two bids had been received and were opened by the Chairman for the following amounts:


Base Price Extra Trips
Sawyer Environmental $23,118 $525
Gray Enterprises $33,200 $550

Following a lengthy discussion, with input from more than 8 members of the audience, the opinion was to award the contract to Gray Enterprises since they appeared to be flexible in accommodating barging requirements, made every effort to maximize other resources in use of the Beal & Bunker, Inc. barge for return trips to the islands, had purchased additional refuse containers for greater flexibility in collection requirements, and finally appeared to be the most realistic in pricing out refuse disposal as compared to the 33% lower cost of Sawyer Environmental.  On motion of Richard Beal, seconded by Denise McCormick, the Gray Enterprise bid was accepted.

Selectman Stainton noted that a build up of 100 pound propane gas tanks was again appearing at the Great Cranberry Island town dock and that these tanks belonged to Island Plumbing & Heating Company of Northeast Harbor.  A letter needs to be sent informing this company that they are responsible for their property and that these tanks should be removed from Town property as soon as feasible.

The next meeting of Selectmen will be held on Tuesday, 3 April 2001, at 0830 hours in the Islesford Neighborhood House.  Prior to that meeting Selectman Stainton will discuss with the Town Treasurer how her financial report is to be organized and the desire of the Selectmen to have a monthly financial report provided at the meeting.


On 3 April 2001 the above report was read and accepted by voice vote of the Selectmen.

R. F. Beal
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal
Selectman




MINUTES OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

3 April 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0830 hours, 3 April 2001 in the Islesford Neighborhood House with business conducted pursuant to the published agenda that is attached to this report.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Francis J. Bartlett.  The audience consisted of one person: David Thomas, President of both Thomas Lobster Company and the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tapes #1 and #2 which remain in his possession for reference.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (ITEM 1):
Minutes of the 13 March 2001 Board of Selectmen's Meeting were provided to each Selectmen and the Town Clerk.  On motion of Denise McCormick, with second of David Stainton, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.

FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 2):
Town Clerk Francis Bartlett provided three financial warrants which were reviewed and signed by the Selectmen.

CORRESPONDENCE REVIEW (ITEM 3):
Chairman Stainton reviewed several pieces of correspondence he had received during the past month, plus letters the Town Clerk needing signatures on, highlighting the following:

[1] State of Maine Department of Transportation letter concerning State Aid Support for the roads. Their letter was signed which will provide the Town with about $3000 in funds for our road account.

[2] State of Maine Aid Certification for the Town's two public libraries where by the Town tells the State how much money was donated in support of the libraries.

[3] The Selectmen signed a letter to Tax Assessor Garry Blanchette informing him of the funds that needed to be raised by taxes:

Town Budget $282,750
Schools $244,650
TOTAL $528,400

The Town Treasurer advised that once this letter was in Mr. Blanchette's hands, then any other financial additions to the budget would require action at a Special Town Meeting because the year 2001 tax bills would be based on the above amount.

[4] Transfer Station License: The Town needs to get a State of Maine license for the temporary storage of waste materials pending its removal from Islesford and Great Cranberry.
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

[5] The Selectmen have received a letter from Town Attorney Anthony Giunta concerning the Islesford Dock Restaurant toilet installation.  Mr. Giunta had also submitted a partial bill for services rendered.

[6] Bangor Hydro Electric has sent a letter to the Town advising that they can not provide electrical service to the wharf light on Sutton Island until the pole is made secure.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he would speak further to Bangor Hydro Company.  David Thomas of Islesford spoke from the audience indicating that there currently was no operating light on the Islesford Town Wharf.  A discussion followed as to whose responsibility it was for ensuring that the lighting system worked: Bangor Hydro Electric or the Town of Cranberry Isles.  Selectman Beal stated that it was the Town's responsibility for all wiring and fixtures after the electrical meter, just as it is on the Great Cranberry Wharf.  This statement was confirmed with a Bangor Hydro Electrical repairman waiting on the wharf one hour later while returning to the mailboat.

[7] Chairman Stainton has received a letter from Clayton Bright concerning his proposed system of markings for Town Floats including limitation on boat sizes and tie up procedures.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he believed that all boats equipped with an outboard or inboard motor should be moored and not allowed to tie up permanently at a Town Float.  This particular restriction would require an amendment to the Town's Docking Ordinance which was last amended on 12 March 1990.  Chairman Stainton also reported possible availability of a grant to provide several "Guest Moorings" in the Great Cranberry and Islesford harbors which would help with the tying up of visiting watercraft at the Town Floats.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

APPOINTMENTS (ITEM 4):
Two appointed positions remain unfilled: Islesford Harbor Master and a third member for the Board of Assessment Review.  Selectwoman McCormick indicated that Courtney Chaplin was willing to undertake the Harbor Master position until a full time candidate could be found.  Richard Beal indicated that he had been unsuccessful in finding a citizen to fill the position of third member of the Assessment Review Board but would continue asking potential candidates.  On motion of Selectman Beal, with a second by Selectwoman McCormick, Courtney Chaplin was approved to be the Islesford Harbor Master.  Selectman Beal will prepare a Certificate of Appointment.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

The Town Clerk reported that Kimberly Keene of Hulls Cove, Maine needs to be confirmed formally as both Code Enforcement Officer and Licensed Plumbing Inspector.  Documentation of her appointment must also be reported to the State of Maine and Ms. Bartlett said she would fill out the paperwork.  Selectman Beal will prepare the Certificates of Appointment.  Selectman Beal also indicated his displeasure with the amount of improperly disposed of materials which could be potentially hazardous to the environment.  Not only is there a problem with the Islesford gravel pit owned by the Town but also several locations on both Great Cranberry and Islesford where individuals have just dumped oil, batteries, old automobiles and other refuse.  A visit by the Code Enforcement Officer in the near future is required to address these problems.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

SHELLFISH CONSERVATION (ITEM 5):
The Shellfish Conservation Ordinance has been signed and was sent to the Warden Service in Augusta by the Town Clerk.  Ms. Bartlett discussed her research as to various Clam Digging Permits and the need to get some printed soon.  Selectman Beal indicated his preference for inclusion of the State of Maine shield somewhere on the permit form to enhance its official appearance.  On motion of Selectman Beal, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, the Town Clerk was authorized permission to complete her design of the permit and proceed with the printing thereof once she had received acceptance of the Town's Ordinance by the State of Maine Warden Service.
ACTION: FRANCIS BARTLETT

FLOAT MAINTENANCE CONTRACT (ITEM 6):
Selectmen signed the Town Float Maintenance Contract which has been awarded to Roy Hadlock.  Copies will be sent back to Mr. Hadlock and also included in the Town's files.

TREASURER'S REPORT (ITEM 7):
The Town Treasurer's Report was provided to all by Ms. Bartlett and is attached to this report of the minutes.  Selectman Stainton indicated that he would like to have the expenditures portion modified by including data on existing contracts, funds committed, and funds spent to date on each contract, i.e., waste removal, snow plowing, float maintenance.  Ms. Bartlett accepted this task for the 1 May 2001 meeting.
ACTION: FRANCIS BARTLETT

REFUSE REMOVAL (ITEM 8):
Following discussion on the Treasurer's Report, Selectman Stainton discussed the current garbage pickup by Ed Gray.  He indicated that costs associated with the waste stream removal need to be identified.  The Town may need a contract with EMR in Southwest Harbor, since none presently exists and there is the potential that this operation could be sold to a larger dealer such as Sawyer Environmental.  Selectman Stainton indicated that he would pursue this topic further with the Northeast Harbor Town Manager.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

NOISE ABATEMENT (ITEM 9):
Item 6 on the Agenda was a discussion on noise abatement based on a petition which had been circulated for signatures by James Parrish of Islesford.  The petition had been provided to the previous Selectwoman Joy Sprague and now she can not find it.  Following a discussion by all on noisy automobiles, mopeds, and children, Selectman Stainton indicated that he would draft a regulation for noisy automobiles.
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

ROAD REPAIRS & PAVING (ITEM 10):
David Thomas in the audience asked if road repairs on Islesford were planned for this spring?  Chairman Stainton indicated that they were with the following roads scheduled:
On ISLESFORD On GREAT CRANBERRY
Merrill Road Main Road
Cross Road Heliker Road
Dock Road

The Town Clerk indicated that a new home was going to be constructed on the Cross Road with considerable traffic.  David Thomas indicated that his road known as the Coast Guard Road was in very serious need of repairs, particularly for an application of hot top mix.  Following some discussion Chairman Stainton stated that David Sordyl, Road Commissioner, needed to contact Ring Paving Company and have them get on with repairs as soon as feasible.  On motion of Selectman Beal, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, repairs on the Cross Road were delayed until 2002 and repairs for the Coast Guard Road included in the 2001 schedule due to the severity of its condition.  It was also agreed that Ring Paving Company would be asked to provide a small apron from the main road surface to each driveway as appropriate to try and prevent a breakdown of the road tar surface.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

FLOAT CONSTRUCTION BID & SPECIFICATIONS (ITEM 11):
Excess property was next discussed with Selectman Beal indicating that he had received a telephone call from James Bright, Northeast Harbor Selectman, who had indicated an interest in bidding on any floats that were declared excess in the future.  Mr. Bright was told that once a new float had been constructed for the Islesford Wharf then the old one would be put up for bid.  Chairman Stainton indicated that there were several problems identified with construction procedures last year on a town float.  Accordingly he said that he would undertake to prepare a specification package for a new 20' X 30' float with its delivery hopefully by 15 July 2001.  Selectman Beal offered to assist with typing and bidding procedures once the specification package was provided.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

ABANDONED AUTOMOBILES & PROPANE TANKS (ITEM 12):
Selectman Beal indicated his displeasure with the number of junk cars still being abandoned or left about on both Islesford and Great Cranberry.  Discussions followed on how best to get rid of them, with issuance of junk yard permits ruled out.  Selectman Beal will pursue this matter with John Goodwin Construction, Inc. in hopes of working out some arrangement whereby cars can be remove in his empty dump trucks and disposed of by him.  The Town most likely will have to assist in the disposal cost in order to clean up both islands.  Also included in this discussion was the fact that the propane tanks (11 of them) presently dumped at the head of the Great Cranberry wharf belong to Northeast Plumbing & Heating Company according to R. F. Foster, Inc. in a conversation with Chairman Stainton. (Selectman Beal contacted Robert Young of Northeast Plumbing & Heating Company 4/4/2001 and Mr. Young agreed to remove the tanks soon by barging when he brings out materials for Mike Westphal Construction.  He stated that he is going to stop selling these 100# tanks to islanders because of their failure to return them.)
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

WHARF REPAIR COMMITTEE (ITEM 13):
Wharf repairs was mentioned by David Thomas from the audience and discussed at some length by the Selectmen.  This wharf has undergone a number of Band-Aid fixes in the past few years but has not received any significant modifications or repairs since its construction in 1964.  On motion of Chairman Stainton, with a second by Selectman Beal, creation of a Wharf Repair Committee was approved with David Thomas appointed its chairman.  He was asked to report back to the Selectmen at the 1 May 2001 meeting and his recommendation to appoint Rick Alley and Bruce Fernald to this committee was also approved.  A letter of confirmation will be prepared and sent to Chairman Thomas.  Selectman Beal also discussed the stern mooring procedures often used by the Beal & Bunker, Inc. mailboat which is inappropriate in view of the weakened condition of the outer wharf pilings.  David Thomas concurred and Selectman Beal indicated that he would speak to David Bunker about this and ask that his Boat Captains refrain from the procedure unless forced by bad weather and safety considerations.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

GREAT CRANBERRY PUBLIC TOILET (ITEM 14):
The Public Toilet on Great Cranberry was discussed and Chairman Stainton indicated that the electrical exhaust fan and vent cap had already been purchased by the Cranberry Futures Group and were in his shop.  We need to get them installed.  Selectman Beal asked for permission to purchase a small pressure washer from Northern Tool & Equipment for use by the new toilet cleaner when that person is hired.  The other Selectmen agreed with this purchase request.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

SHELLFISH COMMITTEE MEMBER APPOINTMENT (ITEM 15):
The Town Clerk indicated that Tim Moran had told her that he didn't believe he could properly perform his duties on the Shellfish Conservation Committee due to time constraints.  He therefore didn't wish to accept the Selectmen's Appointment.  Selectwoman McCormick indicated that Will Palmer of Islesford did wish an appointment to this committee and it was agreed by all three selectmen to appoint Mr. Palmer to this committee.  Selectman Beal will prepare an Appointment Certificate for signature.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 16):
The meeting concluded at 1045 hours with agreement to hold the 1 May 2001 meeting at the Great Cranberry Community Center at 0845 hours.

On 1 May 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen.

RFBeal
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal



MINUTES OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

1 May 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0845 hours, 1 May 2001 in the Great Cranberry Community Center with business conducted pursuant to the published agenda that is attached to this report.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Francis J. Bartlett.  The audience consisted of two people: Edward Horvath and Kelly K. Smith, both of Great Cranberry Island.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tapes #3 and #4 which remain in his possession for reference.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (ITEM 1):
Minutes of the 3 April 2001 Board of Selectmen's Meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of Denise McCormick, with second of David Stainton, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he wished to review each of the action items contained in the 3 April 2001 minutes prior to continuation with the published 1 May 2001 agenda.

A. Transfer Station:  Selectwoman McCormick provided a synopsis on the government rules pertaining to location of a Transfer Station.  She indicated that prior to submission of a formal request with the Department of Environmental Protection for a Transfer Station, the DEP wished to send an agent to inspect the proposed site for compliance with the regulations.  Furthermore, permission would be needed in writing from each abutting land owner to the proposed Transfer Station site.  In view of the volume of regulations, Chairman Stainton asked Mrs. McCormick to provide a summary of the requirements for use by the Selectmen at their 5 June 2001 meeting.
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

B. Islesford Dock Restaurant Toilet Installation: Chairman Stainton indicated that the Town's attorney, Anthony Giunta, had sent a proposed easement to the appropriate parties.  Town Clerk Francis Bartlett provided each Selectman with a copy of Allan E. Ott's design for the Islesford Dock Restaurant toilet system contained in a completed Application for Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Permit dated 3 April 2001.  Selectwoman McCormick and the Town Clerk indicated the importance of getting this project out to bid even though the final Code Enforcement permit had not been issued.  The permit process and bidding process needed to be advanced in parallel.  Chairman Stainton asked Selectwoman McCormick to work with the Town Clerk and get this project advertised and put out to bid as soon as feasible.  All three Selectmen signed the State of Maine permit for this proposed system.
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

C. Bangor Hydro Pole on Sutton Island: The Town still needs to get the electric light pole, located at the end of the Sutton Island Dock, stabilized so that workmen can climb it and restore wiring to the light.  Chairman Stainton remarked that a Dock Maintenance Workman is required to address repairs on all three islands and that he would discuss this topic with Roy Hadlock, who already is under contract for float maintenance.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

D. Appointments: Identification of a permanent Harbor Master for Islesford continues.  According to Selectwoman McCormick nobody seems to want either the responsibility or frustration with this very public job.  Richard Beal indicated that Beverly A. Sanborn of Great Cranberry Island had consented to being appointed as a member of the Board of Assessment Review and that he had prepared the appointing order for signature.  This appointment was approved unanimously and the appointing order signed.  Kelly Smith from the audience indicated that she could no longer continue as a member of the Shellfish Conservation Committee and also be the Shellfish Warden, now that she has completed Warden School.  Richard Beal will seek another citizen for appointment to this committee, as well as preparing appointing papers for both Shellfish Wardens.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

E. Noise Abatement: Copies of the Noise Abatement petition, prepared by James M. Parrish of Islesford, were distributed to each Selectman.  This petition requests "the Selectmen of Cranberry Islands establish an ordinance for Noise Abatement ... to include noise from vehicles of all types and all noises of an unusual or extraordinary nature."  While the Selectmen accepted this petition as being valid with 19 signatures, even though it did not contain the individual signers addresses.  The Town Clerk assured the Selectmen of the validity of each signature.  Selectman Beal pointed out that creation of such an ordinance would be a supplement to existing State Law and cited Title 17-A, section 501, in which making loud and unreasonable noises is an "Offense Against Public Order" and is considered disorderly conduct which is punishable as a Class E crime.  Chairman Stainton asked Selectwoman McCormick to pull together a committee, including James Parrish, to draft a proposed noise abatement ordinance that could be discussed at a future meeting and eventually discussed at a public hearing if this matter is to be pursued.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he would write a letter to James Parrish concerning his petition.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON & DENISE MCCORMICK

F. Road Repairs: Chairman Stainton indicated that Tim Ring of Ring Paving had visited the island and inspected the proposed work sites with the Town's Road Commissioner, David Sordyl.  Mr. Ring indicated that he wished to begin this work in June.  Chairman Stainton said that he would talk with David Sordyl and have him obtain a budget proposal for each section of road work from Ring Paving.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

G. Float Construction: Chairman Stainton indicated that he had talked with Dan Chalmers in Northeast Harbor and that Mr. Chalmers was very interested in building a float for the town for delivery in July.  In response to a question from Selectman Beal, Chairman Stainton said that he was finalizing the specification package for a float and would have it to Selectman Beal for typing and issuance.  He also indicated that he had submitted a formal request to the State for support in obtaining some guest moorings with success.  The Chairman was advised by the State of an award of $8000 which is to be matched by the Town with $2000.  On motion of Selectman Beal, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, $10,000 is authorized to be spent to cover costs of this project with $8000 reimbursement from the State of Maine.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

H. Abandoned Vehicles: The Selectmen have received a letter from David Thomas, President of the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust, indicating the fact that more than 10 vehicles had been dumped in the Islesford town gravel pit.  Additionally, Denise McCormick indicated that a considerable quantity of white goods had also been put there.  According to Selectwoman McCormick, several Islesford residents formed a committee to address the junk car issue and collected some money from people with cars that they wish to remove from the island.  Those cars were then moved to the gravel pit for storage pending removal; however, the plan fell through and the cars now remain.  Selectman Beal then passed out copies of the Motor Vehicle Statutes, Title 29-A, Section 1851 through 1860, concerning abandoned vehicles.  Two vehicles have been left at the intersection of Heliker Avenue and Harding Point Road on Great Cranberry Island belonging to Gary Allen.  Notification need to be given to those owners of abandoned vehicles that it is their responsibility to remove same and not the Town's responsibility.  No specific action pending on this problem, although Selectman Beal is continuing to pursue the matter.  Chairman Stainton said he would also discuss this problem with the State and Hancock County Planning Commission.  Edward Horvath indicated that propane gas tanks are again collecting at the Town parking lot on Great Cranberry, mainly due to the laziness of the home owner in returning same to the mainland or in having the vendor retrieve them.  David Stainton indicated he would write to both Island Plumbing and Northeast Plumbing & Heating concerning their responsibilities in this matter.  In regard to white goods pickups this spring Selectman Beal was asked by the Chairman to arrange with Ed Gray to conduct these pickups in May and June on both islands.  This arrangement was completed later this same day.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

AUDIENCE COMMUNICATION (ITEM 2):
1. Chairman Stainton moved to this topic on the agenda in view of two people in the audience.  Edward Horvath spoke first indicating his interest in the temporary replacement for the current Code Enforcement Officer, Kim Keene, who is out on maternity leave.  Chairman Stainton said that he would talk with Keene about her recommendation for a temporary replacement or helper, such as another CEO from a nearby town filling in to assist her.

2. Kelly K. Smith reported on her warden schooling, which was also attended by Josh Hardy on Islesford.  Both of them require some supplies such as uniform articles, pagers or cell phones, a job description, an appointing letter, and summons. Selectman Beal indicated that he had already orders badges for the two wardens and gave the Town Clerk a copy of the letter to GALLS in Kentucky so that the Clerk would be ready to reimburse him for the expense. Additionally, Selectman Beal motioned, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, and approval that:
a. Kelly Smith work with the Town Clerk for all appropriate summons and paper supplies. That the Town Clerk get the Town of Cranberry Isles entered into the State crime reporting system so that summons would be honored by the Court.
b. That each warden be authorized to purchase $200 in uniform supplies right away and come back to the Selectmen should additional clothing items be required.
c. That the Town Treasurer honor all bills associated with pagers and other items required to perform their duties such as "claming measurement rings.

Selectmen Beal will prepare a Job Description for the position of Shellfish Conservation Warden, and will also prepare Town Appointment papers for each warden.  Finally, Kelly Smith indicated that she probably could not serve on the Shellfish Conservation Committee and also be the Shellfish Warden.  The Selectmen concurred and Selectman Beal said that he would find a new committee member.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

TOWN CLERK'S FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 3):
Five financial warrants were signed by the Selectmen:
A. $650 (Community Development Block Grant funds)
B. $14,112.44 (with $550 removed related to an Ed Gray invoice)
C. $453.39
D. $25,589.35
E. $929.42

Total: $41,184.60

During the signing of the financial warrants the Town Clerk also presented for signatures the State of Maine Liquor License application for the Islesford Dock Restaurant. Each Selectman is required to sign his/her approval as part of the license renewal process.

TREASURER'S REPORT (ITEM 4):
The Treasurer presented her report with Chairman Stainton indicating that he would still like to see a section on financial commitments, i.e. Waste Removal Contract, Float Maintenance Contract, etc.  The Treasurer also returned to Selectman Beal a marked up copy of his "Unpaid Property Taxes" brief which he had sent to her late in April.  She indicated that a number of tax receipts had been received but there were still some of long standing as indicated below:

Unpaid Property Taxes            1 May 2001

NAME             AMOUNT OF TAX
(see original
for full name)

  1998
R----- P-----     396.72
D------ W----     314.64
R------ W----     464.55
        Total:  $1,175.91

  1999
B------ D----     551.73
D------ W-----    292.56
R------ W----     394.85
        Total:  $1,239.14

  2000
C-------- C---  1,886.80
B------ D----     551.73
C------ K---      747.83
L-------- C--   3,636.33
C-------- M----   555.97
F---- N-----    4,458.89
M----- O------    545.37
M----- O------    200.87
R----- P-----     396.44
R-------- heirs 1,204.16
F------- S------  926.08
D------ W----     292.56
R------ W----     394.85
        Total: $15,797.88

Grand Total for Years 1998, 1999, 2000 as of Selectmen's Meeting:
              $18,212.93

Selectman Beal inquired as to when Property Liens were issued for overdue property taxes, indicating that the repeat yearly activity by a few needed to come to a halt.  He stated that it was not right that most people paid their taxes on time each year and that the few scofflaws should know early on that the Town will in the future not look kindly on those who fail to meet their responsibilities.  The Town Treasurer indicated that she would be sending out notices shortly to those who were in arrears and that she understood how seriously the Board of Selectmen viewed the problem of repeat offenders.  If liens have to be issued, then issue them!
ACTION: FRANCIS J. BARTLETT

COMMITTEE REPORTS, INCLUDING ISLESFORD WHARF REPORT (ITEM 5):
Chairman Stainton reported that he had received no committee reports and asked Selectmen Beal to talk with Ed Gray about the progress of the Parking Committee.  A letter was received from David Thomas, Chairman of the Islesford Wharf Repair Committee with Chairman Stainton indicating that he needed to study it some more.  Selectman Beal said that he also had read the report and viewed the problems with concern; that action was needed now if repairs were to be completed prior to the advent of bad weather this coming fall and winter, and that he had already talked with Selectman Rick Savage of Northeast Harbor and the Northeast Harbor Master as to a good source of engineering expertise to examine the Islesford wharf.  They both stated that Kleinschmidt Associates, Inc. of Pittsfield, Maine was the correct firm to address our needs.  Prior to the May Selectmen's Meeting Selectman Beal talked with Steve Ruelle of Kleinschmidt Associates, Inc. and he stated that they were prepared to visit the Islesford site and conduct an inspection with written report for approximately $1,200.  After further discussion about the wharf, needs for repair, and timing, Selectman Beal motioned, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, that $1,600 be authorized for this inspection service.  Selectman Beal volunteered to manage this wharf repair project and was authorized to send a letter to Kleinschmidt Associates, Inc. hiring their services.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

COMMUNITY HEALTH & COUNSELING SERVICES GRANT (ITEM 6):
The Chairman indicated that this grant funding of less than $200 was voted upon at Town Meeting, a fact concurred in by the Town Treasurer, and that she could send them a check at her earliest.  The Treasurer also indicated that the Town was paying for hot noon meals for two of its Islesford citizens who were elderly and unable to cook for themselves.  The Selectmen concurred in this action and wished it continued for those in need as determined by Francis Bartlett, in her capacity as General Assistance Administrator.

REFUSE DISPOSAL COMPACT (ITEM 7):
Chairman Stainton had delivered to each Selectmen information on the Refuse Disposal Compact and indicated his preference for joining.  The Board concurred and will bring this proposed compact to the town voters at either a Special Meeting or the next regular Town Meeting.  In the interim Chairman Stainton will talk with Beverly Sanborn, in her capacity as Town Representative to the Hancock County Planning Commission, and determine what is the next procedure or step to be followed for joining the compact.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC CONTRACT (ITEM 8):
Francis Bartlett indicated there were two abandoned cats on Islesford, previously owned by Barbara Davis, who left them on the island when she departed last summer.  The Town currently has no place to take such animals and when she contacted the Small Animal Clinic in Ellsworth they gave her a price schedule for animals dropped off by towns or legal authorities for observation or care pending disposal.  Several people on Islesford didn't want them to be euthanized but the Selectmen also agreed that spending town funds for sending them to a clinic was not appropriate.

Selectman Beal said that he had spoken earlier in the morning to the Chief of Police in Ellsworth about training for the Town's Animal Control Officers.  There is a bill in the legislature which would make training mandatory, but in the interim some training is appropriate in view of the number of cases of rabies in Hancock County and the requirement for Animal Control Officer to both capture various dogs and cats from time to time and then to handle them pending disposition.  He felt some training was necessary for safety purposes.  The Selectmen concurred with his suggestion that he contact Bruce Savoy, phone: 934-2672 or 287-3846 and determine what schooling is available and for how much money, with a report at the next Board of Selectmen's Meeting in June.

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 9):
The meeting concluded at 1109 hours with agreement to hold the 5 June 2001 meeting at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Islesford at 0830 hours.

On 5 June 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen.

RFBeal
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal



Special Selectmen's Meeting

17 May 2001
Minutes

A special Selectmen's Meeting was convened on Little Cranberry Island, 17 May 2001, at 1145 hours at the Islesford Neighborhood House pursuant to an Agenda announcement published 10 May 2001.  The meeting convened at 1147 hours with Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick in attendance, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Francis J. Bartlett.

TREASURER'S WARRANT (ITEM 1):
The Town Treasurer presented a Financial Warrant in the amount of $11,244.58 which was reviewed.  Chairman Stainton pointed out that the invoice from Gray Enterprises for waste disposal was not in accordance with his contract in that the invoice should reflect each trip made with an explanation of what was actually hauled off the islands.  Accordingly, the amount of $2,766.66 was removed from the warrant pending notification to Mr. Gray to present his invoices pursuant to his contract.  The amount of $8,477.92 was unanimously approved for payment of bills.

JOY STREET PARKING LOT-NORTHEAST HARBOR (ITEM 2):
The Town Clerk presented a lease from the Catholic Archdioceses of Portland, Maine for the Joy Street parking lot in Northeast Harbor, Maine.  The amount was $1,500 for one year.  Upon review Selectman Beal made one pen & ink change indicating that the appropriate mailing address was to "Islesford" and not "Islesboro".  The Clerk indicated that the Town does carry $1,000,000 in insurance as prescribed but that no property taxes are paid.  Selectman Stainton signed the lease with Selectman Beal signing as the witness.

METAL WASTE PICK UP FOR ISLESFORD (ITEM 3):
Selectwoman McCormick indicated that no metal pickup had been conducted for Islesford yet and inquired when a white goods pickup was planned.  The Chairman asked Selectman Beal to discuss this with Ed Gray, waste hauler, and have him notify the Islesford residents of the pickup dates.
ACTION: SELECTMAN BEAL

AGENDA ITEMS (ITEM 4):
The following items are to be placed on the Agenda List for the June 5th meeting, in addition to any others forwarded to the Board Secretary:
a. Animal Clinic Contract
b. Abandoned Automobiles & Docking Fees for Arriving Automobiles
c. Docking rules for Town Floats
ACTION: SELECTMAN BEAL

APPOINTMENT OF ISLESFORD HARBOR MASTER (ITEM 5):
Upon nomination of Selectwoman McCormick, Orville Edgar Blank Jr. was appointed unanimously as Harbor Master for Little Cranberry Island and Deputy Harbor Master for Great Cranberry.  Wesley Bracy Jr. will serve as Deputy Harbor Master for Little Cranberry Island thus both harbor masters will be able to cover for each other during periods of absences.  The islands of Sutton, Bear and Baker may be addressed by either harbor master depending on who is called first and is able to respond.  Appointment papers need to be prepared for signatures.
ACTION: SELECTMAN BEAL

OPENING OF BIDS FOR ISLESFORD LEACH FIELD CONSTRUCTION (ITEM 6):
The Town Clerk reported that in response to several bid packages which she sent out to various contractors, only one had been received and that was by FAX on the morning of 17 May 2001 from Richard King Contractors, Inc.  Chairman Stainton opened the bid and read it to the Board, reporting that the bid was for $40,311.  This is an amount which exceeds that authorized by the voters at Town Meeting 13 March 2001 by $20,311.  Accordingly the bid was unanimously rejected.  Additionally, following a general discussion on specifications, Chairman Stainton indicated to Selectwoman McCormick that he would like to see some specifications for the toilet portion of the project, along with language as to (1) How will repairs be undertaken and (2) how will these repairs be financed, 50-50 Town v. Liefs or some other arrangement?  In the interim Selectman Beal will talk with John Goodwin Construction as to why they chose not to bid in order to determine if there is some reason other than "just too busy to take on another project".
ACTION: SELECTMAN BEAL & SELECTWOMAN MCCORMICK

Respectfully submitted, Richard F. Beal



MINUTES OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

5 June 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0840 hours, 5 June 2001 in the Islesford Neighborhood House, Little Cranberry Island, with business conducted pursuant to the published agenda that is attached to this report.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Francis J. Bartlett.  The audience consisted of three people, Courtney Chaplin, Daniel S. Lief and his wife, Cynthia E. Lief; all of Islesford.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tapes #5 and #6 which remain in his possession for reference.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (ITEM 1):
Minutes of both the 1 May 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting and the special board meeting of 17 May 2001 were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of Richard Beal, with second by David Stainton, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he wished to review each of the action items contained in the 1 May 2001 minutes prior to continuation with the published 5 June 2001 agenda.

A. Transfer Station: Selectwoman McCormick reported on her telephone conversation with Ms. Carol Harris, of the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the requirements and/or regulations for a Transfer Station.  Ms. Harris indicated that she wished to review the Gray Enterprises contract now in place for waste removal.  In the interim Selectwoman McCormick passed out copies of a blank application for filing with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which contains all of the various rules for a Transfer Station.  This document is attached and labeled as "Public Notice of Intent to File".  Follow up on this subject is required.
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

B. Bangor Hydro Pole on Sutton Island: Whitney's Electric Company has been asked to repair the pole light at the town dock on this island once Roy Hadlock has completed repairs to the electric pole.

C. Appointments: Selectman Beal delivered to the Town Clerk the complete documentation for appointment of Beverly Sanborn as member of the Board of Assessment Review.  Additionally, he presented to the Board for their signature, appointment letters as follows which were each approved:

Kelly Smith     Shellfish Warden
Josh Hardy     Shellfish Warden
David Bunker     Shellfish Conservation Committee member
William Dowling     Planning Board member

An appointment letter for the Islesford Harbor Master is required and Selectman Beal will forward this appointment to the Town Clerk for completion.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

D. Road Repairs: Chairman Stainton indicated that the Road Commissioner is still awaiting a response from Ring Paving Company as to time and costs.  The Chairman is coordinating this effort with the Road Commissioner David Sordyl.  A schedule of events needs to be promulgated to the community.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

E. Abandoned Vehicles: Selectman Beal reported that John Goodwin Construction had already removed four vehicles from Great Cranberry Island, two for Gary Allen which were located on Town property and two for Kevin Wedge.  Mr. Goodwin advises that he can continue providing this removal service for approximately $200 per vehicle to cover barging costs and his services.  Selectwoman McCormick accepted the task of making a list of the vehicles in the Town gravel pit on Islesford with any identification numbers, as well as continuing to try and find out which citizens provided a $50 fee last year for the removal of their old vehicles.
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

F. Islesford Wharf Repairs: Selectman Beal gave a report on his visit to Islesford last Wednesday, 30 May 2001, with Mr. Stephen T. Ruell, P.E., of Kleinschmidt Associates (Consulting Engineers), 75 Main Street, P.O. Box 576, Pittsfield, Maine 04967 [207] 487-3328.  Selectman Beal indicated that the major concern of Mr. Ruell was the overall safety of the wharf to support automobile traffic, particularly three and four cars.  More than half of the supporting pilings do not have cross member supports, many have cracks, the two outer most pilings to which the floats are tied are weakened and require additional support.  The surface of the deck was installed in 1967 as was most of the wharf and considerable repair work is required prior to this winter if the dock is to remain in good service.  Selectman Beal said that a report from Kleinschmidt Associates was expected in approximately three weeks and while awaiting that report he requested concurrence from the other Selectmen to open discussions with local banks for a potential commercial loan of $300,000.  With this engineering report and banking information, Selectman Beal believe that presentation at a Special Town Meeting would then be appropriate to keep this project on track with a completion date prior to November 2001.  The Selectmen concurred in his proposed course of action.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

LEACH FIELD CONSTRUCTION AT ISLESFORD (ITEM 2):
Chairman Stainton read into the record a letter from John Goodwin Jr. Construction in which the senior engineer for Goodwin Construction, Mr. Jeff Craft, indicated that they would be able to construct a leach field for $20,000 or less.  Comments were offered by the Liefs and Courtney Chaplin concerning the design and options for connecting the leach field with the toilet facility.  The Liefs want to continue with the "Ott" design system.  Mr. Lief said that:
a. He made a mistake in the $20,000 figure discussed at Town Meeting.
b. He has a contractor ready to do the system for $25,000 but does not wish to undertake it for that amount.
c. He wants Goodwin Construction to do it as an alternative to John King Construction and asks the Selectmen to authorize a committee to come up with an alternative.
Chairman Stainton indicated his desire, concurred in by both Selectman Beal and Selectwoman McCormick, that a complete explanation of pumping systems and accessory items also needed to be addressed for the project.  Chairman Stainton said that he would talk with Goodwin Construction and ask for them to visit the site as soon as possible with all work to be accomplished by 1 July.  [Note: This on site meeting was conducted and by telephone voice vote Goodwin Construction was authorized to undertake the project.]
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

ANIMAL CLINIC CONTRACT (ITEM 3):
Following a discussion of why a contract is required to address current and future problems involving feral cats and other potential diseased animals, Selectman Beal motioned, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, for a contract to be put in place with the Animal Clinic in Ellsworth.
ACTION: TOWN CLERK BARTLETT

ABANDONED AUTOMOBILES (ITEM 4):
Selectman Beal reported on Goodwin Construction having removed 4 automobiles from Great Cranberry Island incident to other work then in progress by this firm.  Mr. Goodwin performed the removal work for $200 per automobile.  Selectwoman McCormick was asked to prepare a listing of automobiles in the Islesford Town Gravel Pit plus collecting any information available about those individuals who paid $50 last year for the removal of their cars.  (Note: Goodwin Construction has removed an additional 13 automobiles from Great Cranberry since the 5 June meeting.)
ACTION: DENISE MCCORMICK

PIERSON CEMENT RAMP (ITEM 5):
Selectman Beal advised the Board that Dr. Richard Pierson was nearing completion of his second home at the end of McSorley Road (south shore of Great Cranberry Island) and that Dr. Pierson wished to donate to the Town the cement ramp which has been temporarily installed to facility delivery of home building materials.  On motion of Selectman Beal, with second by Selectman Stainton, the Board accepted this offer of the ramp for later installation on Great Cranberry Island.  The Town Clerk, as an aside issue that was discussed, is to seek advice from the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) concerning the ability of the Selectmen to impose a landing fee for the use of each island's ramp.  This topic is to be on the July 2001 agenda.
ACTION: TOWN CLERK BARTLETT

DOCKING RULES FOR THE TOWN FLOATS (ITEM 6): Chairman Stainton discussed the docking rules which has been offered by one of the Islesford residents and possibly having the floats painted by Dale Hadlock to represent those areas which were time limited for boat parking.  A modification to the Town's ordinance is required and Chairman Stainton indicated that he would draft same for review.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

PARTICIPATION IN NORTHEAST HARBOR SELECTMEN'S MEETING (ITEM 7):
Selectman Beal asked about attendance at the Northeast Harbor Selectmen' Meeting based on their invitation of 29 May 2001.  All Board members indicated a willingness to attend this meeting and Chairman Stainton was to provide transportation.  Items for discussion are:
a. Tie up of boats
b. Vendors
c. Boating fees
d. Parking Lot fees
e. Visitors on boats
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

LAW SUIT: TOWN v. P. WHITNEY (ITEM 8):
This suit continues with a possible hearing before the Superior Court in June.  Mr. Whitney is seeking a continuance through his lawyer, Anthony Beardsley; while the Town is opposing the continuance.  This suit probably will not be heard prior to the August term of court due to the court's backlog.  In the interim Chairman Stainton has asked John Goodwin Construction to grade the bottom of the gravel pit on Great Cranberry Island for the proposed sand & salt shed construction.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

DEP CONTRACT FOR SEPTIC WASTE MATERIALS (ITEM 9):
The Town has received documents from Haslam Waste, Inc. indicating that pursuant to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) each Town is required to have contracted for the removal of Septic Waste Materials in case such removal is required.  Normally, home owners are to handle this type of waste removal, however, should it be necessary for the Town to undertake such action then a contract should be in place with a licensed hauler.  On motion of Selectman Beal, with second by Selectwoman McCormick, approval was given for signing a contract with Haslam Waste, Inc.  This contract was signed 5 June 2001 by all Selectmen.

TREASURER'S WARRANTS (ITEM 10):
Selectman Beal indicated that badges for the two Shellfish Wardens had arrived and were distributed to each warden.  When the bill is received it will be given to the Town Treasurer.  Also the Selectmen approved having Selectman Beal purchase basic toilet supplies for the Great Cranberry public toilet.  Third, a bill for the Islesford Town Garage was reviewed and added to the financial warrants for approval: $3,000 for the Fire Club building and $4,147 for the Town Garage as reimbursement in expenditures.  Four warrants were approved:
a. School voucher $10,100.40
b. Matt Skolnikoff (CIRT) $481.83
c. Public facilities $4,527.00
d. Monthly bills $20,443.01

TOTAL: $35,552.24

OVERDUE TAXES YEARS 1998, 1999, 2000 (ITEM 11):
On question of Selectman Beal the Tax Collector Francis Bartlett indicated that "30 day letters would be out soon" and following those letters than tax liens would be prepared.  Year 2001 tax bills are expected to be issued in June.

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 12):
The meeting concluded at 1205 hours with agreement to hold the 3 July 2001 meeting at the Great Cranberry Community Center on Great Cranberry Island at 0830 hours.

On 3 July 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen. RFBeal
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal


Subsequent to this meeting the Selectmen attended a meeting on 18 June 2001 with the Northeast Harbor Board of Selectmen concerning parking problems in Northeast Harbor.  Following that meeting the Town of Cranberry Isles Parking Committee Chairman was asked to provide a written report of his committee's work.  That report is quoted herein:

"July 1, 2001
Dear Selectmen,
We divided the task of exploring each town on Mt. Desert for available rental space, or land, to be purchased for island parking among the following people.

Barbara Myers explored land in the Southwest Harbor/Manset area.  She contacted the Catholic Church and they were willing to discuss the possibility of leasing the property, and are willing, at the present time, to let islanders park for free.  There would be limited space, roughly the size of the Joy Rd. lot in Northeast Harbor.  No other areas were found.  Manset dock area may cause boating problems as it is heavily used by many of the local builders.  Manset and Southwest Harbor seem, at this time, to be a good place for a family or two but not able to accommodate a large number of people.

Courtney Chaplin and I looked in Northeast Harbor for additional land.  Courtney talked with Mt. Desert Yacht Yard but they were not interested.  There is a possibility of land coming up for sale near the Kimball Terrace Inn, but this seems a long shot.  The only land we found that was currently for sale was the Wallace property, please see enclosed information sheet.

I had a discussion with Dwight Carter shortly before he died and he said he always thought the best solution to the problem was to build a parking garage over the existing Cranberry Island lot. If we are looking to the future it may be the cheapest and most useful long-term solution.  If the cost was in a long term bond and the area belonged to the island we would have a lot more control of our future.

Sincerely,
Edward Gray and the Parking Committee"

WALLACE PROPERTY NORTHEAST HARBOR
ASKING PRICE     $625,000
TOWN ASSESSMENT     $79,000 LAND, $226,000 BUILDING
SIZE     1 ACRE [300 SQ. FT. LESS]
UNDERGROUND FUEL TANKS REMOVED CODE ENFORCEMENT SAID NO. EPA STUDY NEEDED.
TO REMOVE BUILDING OLD GOTT ESTIMATE
ZONE TO ALLOW PARKING
STREET LIGHT COULD BE WORKED OUT WITH TOWN OF NEH
SAME DISTANCE FROM DOCK AS JOY STREET     4/10 MILE



MINUTES OF BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

3 July 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0845 hours, 3 July 2001 in the Great Cranberry Community Center, Great Cranberry Island, Maine 04625, with business conducted pursuant to the published agenda that is attached to this report.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Frances J. Bartlett.  The audience consisted of Robert Lea and Robin Richman of Great Cranberry.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tapes #7 and #8 which remain in his possession for reference.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (ITEM 1):
Minutes of the 5 June 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of David Stainton, with second by Denise McCormick, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton reviewed each of the action items from the 5 June 2001 meeting prior to continuation of the 3 July 2001 agenda.

A. Transfer Station: The State is assigning a case worker to review our situation and make recommendations.  No further action is planned until the state report is received.

B. Road Repairs: Tim Ring of Ring Paving Company is working towards our location and it is anticipated that island work will commence sometime in July.

C. Abandoned Vehicles: John Goodwin Construction Company removed eleven abandoned vehicles from the Islesford Town Pit.  Not all of these automobiles were identified as to ownership.  Checks by some Islesford residents ($50 each) are still being held by Margaret Blank at the Islesford General Store.  Payment for Goodwin Construction's bill is to be taken from the contingency fund.  Fifteen cars were removed at this same period from Great Cranberry Island with each car owner paying Goodwin's $200 per car.

D. Leach Field on Islesford: Construction of the public toilet leach field is completed but the toilets are not expected to be ready for use until about 15 July 2001.  A permit for this construction and installation was signed, on authority of the State of Maine, with the condition that the formal easement to be granted by the Islesford Lobster CO-OP be completed promptly by lawyers for both sides.

PIERSON BEACH RAMP (ITEM 2):
Chairman Stainton has talked with Dr. Pierson about accepting this ramp on behalf of the Town and its subsequent move to the location of the current town ramp.  When this can occur and how it will be paid for remains to be determined.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

DOCKING RULES AT FLOATS (ITEM 3):
Chairman Stainton is researching this subject and requests that the topic be placed on the August 7th agenda.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

TOWN v. WHITNEY LEGAL ACTION (ITEM 4):
This law suit continues with the anticipated hearing in Hancock County Superior Court in June 2001 now postponed until late August or September, perhaps even later for the fall term of court, due to the backlog of cases by the Court.  A witness list has been requested by the Town's attorney, Anthony Giunta, in his letter to the Chairman dated 27 June 2001.  The proposed lists is: Edward Gray, Michael Macfarlan, David Stainton, Beverly Sanborn and Christopher White of Great Cranberry; Wilfred Bunker of Trenton, Maine and Herman Savage of Southwest Harbor, Maine.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

2001 PROPERTY TAXES (ITEM 5):
The collector of taxes, Frances J. Bartlett, reported that tax bills would be sent to property owners this month.  The mill rate has increased from 5.3 to 7.3 which is still considerably lower than most towns in Maine.  She is also preparing the legal notices (30 day notice) for delinquent taxes based on non payment of year 2000 taxes.  Any payment towards these taxes must first be applied to those years previous to year 2000 for any earlier non payments.  Revaluation of the town continues but without word as to when Gary Blanchette will be completed.
ACTION: FRANCES J. BARTLETT

JOHN GOODWIN CONSTRUCTION CO. ESTIMATES (ITEM 6):
Formal estimates have been received from John Goodwin Construction Company for work on the leach field at Islesford ($20,000) and at the Great Cranberry town pit ($9,950) for time and material, with ½ of the bill submitted for payment.  Both of these proposals were accepted by unanimous vote, signed, and provided to the Town Clerk for retention and filing.

PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT (PSAP) (ITEM 7):
On 2 July Selectmen David Stainton and Richard Beal, along with resident Christopher White of Great Cranberry Island, attended the Mount Desert Board of Selectmen's Meeting.  As part of that meeting a presentation was heard from County Commissioner Dennis Damon and Emergency Preparedness Director Ralph Pinkham, both representing Hancock County Government.  The Cranberry Board of Selectmen discussed this presentation and its applicability to the Cranberry Isles, including the "Enhanced 911" features.  The county government continues to assemble a cadre of representatives from each Hancock County town to discuss this topic and develop some type of public safety answering point, other than the one being initiated in Bar Harbor for service to the Mount Desert Island area.  At the moment the Board does not see any benefit to town participation in this county effort.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

REPAIRS TO ISLESFORD TOWN DOCK (ITEM 8):
On motion of Richard Beal, with second by Denise McCormick, a warrant will be prepared notifying the citizens of Cranberry Isles of a special town meeting to be held on Great Cranberry Island on 31 July 2001 at 07:00 PM for the purpose of addressing two issues:

Approval to borrow up to $350,000 for repairs to the Islesford Town Dock, and

Approval to initiate ramp landing fees for both Great Cranberry and Islesford.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

MISCELLANEOUS ACTIONS (ITEM 9):
A. Gasoline for State Police Cruiser: On motion of Richard Beal, seconded by David Stainton, the Board approved having Richard Beal initiate paperwork with the Cranberry Futures Group for a gas station key for use by the State Police in filling up their cruiser while it is on Great Cranberry.  The State will pay for its own gas, and the funding for the key will be returned once the key is no longer required and returned to the Futures Group Gas Station.

B. Acadia Park Bathroom - Islesford: Denise McCormick advised that Acadia Park is willing to continuing permitting the Town and visitors use the park bathroom facilities until the public town toilet complex is completed.  She will finalize any details with park officials, and the Board authorized $300 for pumping of the park septic tank and $200 for electricity.

C. Joy Street Parking Lot for Cranberry Isles property owners: On motion of Richard, with second by Denise McCormick, Selectman Beal will write a letter to the Town Manager of Mount Desert requesting their assistance in assigning an off duty policeman to monitor the Joy Street parking lot and as necessary enforce the parking restrictions.  Additionally, the town will be asked to install a "Tow Zone" sign at this lot.  Notification of the intention to begin towing away illegally parked cars being 1 August will be made by placing a warning on each automobile in the Joy Street parking lot.  (Note: The letter to the Town Manager, with copy to the Town Police Chief, was written and issued, notification also placed on the Beal & Bunker ferry boat and on each car in the parking lot by Selectman Beal.  A copy of that letter is attached.

D. Golf cart operation, open burning and deer hunting: Resident Robin Richman of Great Cranberry asked to address the Board concerning the three topics of golf cart operation, open burning restrictions and deer hunting (past and in the future).  She expressed her views on each subject in considerable detail with a contrasting views on deer hunting from Selectwoman McCormick and Town Clerk Bartlett.  Ms. Richman also does not believe that there is total compliance with the State of Maine "no open burning" regulations and discussed her view on the "significant dangers of burning toxic materials".

FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 10):
Financial warrants were presented to the Board for their approval and signatures in the following amounts:
a. $19,884.62 John Goodwin Construction
Matt Skolnikoff
b. $33,701.13 Town attorney Anthony Giunta
Kim Keene, CEO
John Goodwin Construction
c. $13,530.00 Town bills
d. $22,364.87 School payroll
Total:
$89,480.62


NEXT MEETING (ITEM 11):
The meeting concluded at 11:20 AM with agreement to hold the 7 August 2001 meeting at the Islesford Neighborhood House at 08:30 hours.

On 7 August 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen. RFBeal
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal


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11 July 2001

Town of Mount Desert
21 Sea Street
P.O. Box 248
Northeast Harbor, Maine 04662

Attn: Mr. William R. Steele, Town Manager

Subject: Enforcement of Parking Rules at Joy Street Church Parking Lot for Town of Cranberry Isles

Ref:
(a) Town of Mount Desert Board of Selectmen's Meeting, dtd 2 July 2001;
Subj: Parking in Northeast Harbor
(b) Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting, dtd 3 July 2001;
Subj: Parking in Northeast Harbor

Dear Mr. Steele:
Pursuant to discussions references (a) and (b) the Town of Cranberry Isles requests the assistance of the Town of Mount Desert in addressing parking at the Catholic Church parking lot on Joy Street by:
a. Installing a sign which states "Tow Zone", or words to that effect, at the Joy Street Catholic Church parking lot which is leased to the Town of Cranberry Isles for long term parking of vehicles with parking permits.  The Town of Cranberry Isles will cover the cost of this sign and its installation.

b. Providing an off duty Northeast Harbor Police Officer to periodically check the Joy Street lot effective 1 August 2001 and have all unauthorized vehicles towed from this lot to such location as the Town's towing contractor takes Northeast Harbor towed vehicles.  The Town of Cranberry Isles considers a vehicle to be unauthorized to use this lot if it does not have a "Parking Permit" issued by the Town of Cranberry Isles displayed on the vehicle's dash board and visible to an inspecting officer.  We understand that the cost of this officer's service (about $50/Hr.) will be billed directly to our Town Clerk, Frances J. Bartlett, P.O. Box 15, Islesford, Maine 04646.

We trust that these measures will assist in alleviating some of the parking problems for Cranberry Isle property owners and their guests for it is our belief that this Joy Street lot is being used by individuals not associated with the Cranberry Isles.  We are also actively addressing the concerns expressed by Mount Desert's Selectmen relating to illegal over night parking and trying to ensure that Cranberry Isle residents, property owners and their guests understand fully what their responsibilities are regarding parking of their automobiles.  In that regard I have placed a notice on the Beal & Bunker ferry boat as to permit requirements at the Joy Street lot and have also placed a similar notice on each automobile presently in that lot.

For continued coordination of these matters I will serve as the point of contact and ask that you or the Chief of Police contact me for any problems or suggestions for continued easement of parking problems.

Richard F. Beal
Selectman

cc: Town of Mount Desert Police Chief
    Chief John C. Doyle
Town of Cranberry Isles Town Clerk
    Frances J. Bartlett



MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

7 August 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0840, 7 August 2001 in the Islesford Neighborhood House, Little Cranberry Island, Maine 04646.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Frances J. Bartlett.  No member of the community chose to attend.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tape #9, which remains in his possession for reference.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Chairman David Stainton convened the meeting with a request that the Board conduct an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing two topics:
a. The current law suit, Town of Cranberry Isles v. Philip Whitney
b. Parking in Northeast Harbor, Maine by Cranberry Isle residents and guests

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (ITEM 1):
Following the Executive Session minutes of the 3 July 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of David Stainton, with second by Denise McCormick, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton then reviewed several of the previous action items from that meeting.
a. Road Repairs: The Town continues to await the arrival of Ring Paving for completion of the paving work on both islands (Cranberry & Islesford).  The manager for Ring's Paving stated that "it will be soon but no date available."

b. Docking Rules: No action yet in getting the floats marked.  The Selectmen agreed that a stencil should be prepared and applied in red paint indicating length of stay permitted at the floats.  Also there was a discussion about a third float for Islesford in the coming year.  David Stainton said he would ask Peter Eldridge on Great Cranberry to paint the floats with the red signs.

c. Islesford Public Bathroom: Work has been completed on the leach field and the bathroom was to be in commission later this month.  [Both David Stainton and Richard Beal inspected this construction effort following the meeting.]

d. Joy Street Parking: The letter sent by Selectman Beal to the Northeast Harbor Town Manager and Police Chief concerning hiring an off duty police officer to assisting the Town in monitoring and enforcing parking rules at the Joy Street Parking Lot is attached to the 3 July 2001 minutes.  To date no word has been received back from the Town of Northeast Harbor as to its response for our call for assistance.

FIRE WARDEN (ITEM 2):
Selectman Beal advised the Board that there had been several complaints from Great Cranberry residents concerning Wesley Bracy's open burning of refuse next to his home.  As the Fire Warden he, more than anyone else, should be aware of the current dry conditions and the restrictions imposed by the State of Maine concerning any open burning.  Questions concerning the law on burning of materials where there is no regular curb side pick up of garbage and appointment of Fire Wardens were unanswered pending receipt from the Town Clerk of copies of the statutes.
[Note: The Town Clerk provided a copy of Title 12 and the applicable sections are quoted herewith:

Section 9234 Prohibited Acts:
7. Trash. Out-of-doors burning of highly combustible trash is prohibited where municipal trash collection service is available and will accept those materials.  Out-of-doors burning of plastics, rubber, styrofoam, metals, food wastes or chemicals is prohibited in all areas of the State.

For purposes of this subsection, the following terms have the following meanings.
a. "Highly combustible trash" means wooden boxes or other wood material, paper and cardboard.

b. "Municipal trash collection service" means any curbside trash collection service that is operated or contracted for by the municipality or that is required by municipal ordinance.
Section 9325 Open Burning:
1. Permissible open burning with permit: When not prohibited by statute, rule of any state agency or local ordinance, the types of burning described in this subsection are allowed provided that a permit has been obtained from the town forest fire warden or from the forest ranger having jurisdiction over the location where the fire is to be set.  The burning must be conducted according to the terms and conditions of the permit and may not create a nuisance.

A permit is required for:
[See main volume for A to D]
E. Residential out-of-door burning of highly combustible trash as defined in section 9324, subsection 7 in open or enclosed incinerators where municipal trash collection service as defined in section 9324, subsection 7 is not available or will not accept the materials.  The incinerator must have been inspected and approved by a municipal fire chief, town forest fire warden or forest ranger using minimum criteria established by the director for safe operation.
Section 8902 Forest Fire Wardens:
The director shall appoint a forest fire warden in each organized municipality.  The municipal fire chief shall be appointed as forest fire warden if practicable and no other person may be appointed without the approval of the municipal officers.

All appointed forest fire wardens shall serve at the pleasure of the director and shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of these duties and a certificate thereof shall be returned to the bureau.  Whoever has been notified of this appointment shall file with the director his acceptance or rejection within 10 days.  The appointed forest fire warden may appoint one or more deputy forest fire wardens subject to approval of the municipal officers.  A deputy forest fire warden may act for the forest fire warden in the absence of the appointed forest fire warden, but no compensation in addition to that provided in this section may be made.

The State shall pay the appointed forest fire warden an annual fee of $100.  This payment shall be made contingent upon attendance at fore fire training schools, preparation of an annual forest fire plan for his town and such reports as the director may require.  This fee in no way limits payment to the warden from his town.  His services for work on actual forest fires, as well as that of deputy forest fire wardens, shall be paid by the town and at a rate determined by the town.

[ Downeast Wardens Allen Johnston and Paul Perry: 207-434-2621]

RAMP FEES (ITEM 3):
Selectmen Stainton and McCormick reported that they had received considerable negative comment on the institution of ramp fees as approved during the special town meeting 31 July 2001.  By unanimous vote no ramp fees will be instituted for the foreseeable future.

ISLESFORD WHARF REPAIRS (ITEM 4):
At special town meeting the voters approved article 1 for repair of the Islesford Wharf and the borrowing of funds up to $350,000 from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Company.  The Selectmen wish to pursue the possibility of getting grant funds from either State or Federal agencies in support of these repairs, and would like Steve Ruell of Kleinschmidt Associate, Inc. to visit the site and meet with the selectmen as to the way ahead, including development of a specification package and proposal to send to perspective bidders.

Note: Richard Beal contacted Kleinschmidt Associates and passed their response to Selectman Stainton for his scheduling input.

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CERTIFICATE (ITEM 5):
An urban rural initiative program certificate was presented to the Selectmen by the Town Clerk for signature.  It stated that the Town would receive $2,127 dollars in each of the following four months: September 2001, December 2001, Mar 2002, and June 2002 for capital improvement of our roads.  All three selectmen signed this document.

FINANCIAL WARRANTS:
Frances Bartlett presented three financial warrants for signatures:

a. School warrant     $26,996.61
b. Matt Skolnikoff     $1,094.07
c. General bills     $69,530.59

Total: $97,621.27

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 6):
The meeting concluded at 10:30 AM with agreement to hold the September 4, 2001 meeting at the Great Cranberry Community Center, beginning at 08:30 AM.

On 4 September 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen. RFBEAL
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal Selectman & recorder



MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

4 September 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0845, 4 September 2001, in the Great Cranberry Community Center, Great Cranberry Island, Maine 04625.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer, Frances J. Bartlett.  Property owners present were: Christopher White of New York and Phil & Karen Whitney of Washington, DC.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tape #10, which remains in his possession for reference.

NORTHEAST HARBOR PARKING (ITEM 1):
Chairman Stainton suggested that the Board meet with the Selectmen of Mount Desert at their October 2001 meeting to discuss a proposal for use of Mount Desert land for Cranberry Isles parking by its residents and property owners.  The Board agreed with this suggestion and Chairman Stainton is to coordinate this meeting.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

APPROVAL OF MINUTES (ITEM 2):
Minutes of the 7 August 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of David Stainton, with second by Denise McCormick, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton revieweed each of the action items from the 7 August 2001 meeting prior to continuation of the 4 September 2001 agenda which is attached to this report:
a. Road Repairs: No word as to a commencement date.  David Stainton will contact Ring Paving for a definitive date.

b. Floats: Peter Eldridge will make some stencils for spray painting of instructions as to no tie up or length of time for use of a particular side of the float.

c. Accident on Islesford Float: Discussed the recent fall of an out of state woman on the Islesford float who reportedly broke her arm in two places. Her daughter has contacted the Town Clerk for medical assistance and the Clerk has referred this matter to the Town's insurance agent.

d. Islesford Public Restroom: The construction remains uncompleted (two months late) with no hookup to the Town funded septic system and leach field.  The ramp and threshold leading into the bathroom requires replacement due to the slippery condition of the installed material.  Additionally, there appears to be a lighting problem.  David Stainton indicated that he would talk with Dan Lief (restaurant owner) about this situation.

e. Joy Street Parking (Northeast Harbor): Richard Beal will meet with the Mount Desert Chief of Police and determine if they are assisting with monitoring of illegal parking.  [Note: Selectman Beal met with the Chief and Mount Desert Officers did periodically patrol the parking lot.  More success was achieved by the signs placed on the Mail Boat notifying riders of the parking conditions and the need for a parking permit.]

f. Open Burning of Refuse: Constables should begin issuing warnings and then a summons for those individuals who are burning refuse contrary to the State of Maine ban on all open burning.  The Selectmen also gave Selectman Beal permission to have the Town added to the State computer system for summons and law enforcement.
[Subsequent to the 4 September 2001 Selectmen's Meeting two events concerning open burning occurred:

a. Fire Warden: Selectman Beal had a meeting with Roy Hadlock and was advised by Mr. Hadlock that he no longer wanted to be the Town's Fire Warden in view of the fact that he lived off island 9 months of the year. Wesley Bracy, Jr. was appoint by the Town as a Deputy Fire Warden but has not always strictly enforced the no burning restrictions.

b. State of Maine DEP letter: Selectman Beal received a letter from the Department of Environmental Protection dated September 2001 providing information on the ban on outdoor burn of trash.  This letter is quoted herein for reference by the Selectmen:

State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection
To: Municipal Officials and Solid Waste Officials
From: DEP Solid Waste & Air Quality Management Programs
Date: September, 2001
Re: Information on the ban on outdoor burning of trash

As you may know, dioxins are environmental contaminants that do not easily break down and that can cause cancers and reproductive problems in humans and animals.  Dioxins are formed and released into the environment when plastics, paper and wood are burned at low temperatures.  To help decrease the amount of dioxin released into Maine's environment, the Maine Legislature recently passed a law that bans the outdoor burning of all trash as of September 18, 2001.  The enclosed "Environmental Bulletin" explains this new law and how it may affect you and your municipality.

We've also enclosed a poster and a pad of information sheets that are designed to alert the general public to this recent change in Maine law.  If you can, we would like you to display the poster in a prominent location in your town and make the information sheets available to the general public.  The Department of Conservation is also mailing this information to all fire wardens and forest rangers.  This information is also available on the DEP's web site at www.MaineDEP.com

Thank you for your interest in helping eliminate one of the major sources of dioxin emissions to Maine's environment.  If you would like more copies of any of these materials, please contact Deb Avalone-King at (207) 287-7028.

Martha Kirkpatrick
Commissioner, DEP

AUDIENCE COMMUNICATION (ITEM 3):
Chairman Stainton welcomed Chris White and the Whitney's to the meeting and indicated that time was allocated in the agenda for Audience Communication.  The visitors to the Selectmen's Meeting has nothing to communicate and indicated that they had come to watch and listen.

ISLESFORD WHARF REPAIRS (ITEM 4):
Selectmen David Stainton and Richard Beal visited Islesford on 29 August 2001, in company with Stephen T. Ruell, P.E. of Kleinschmidt Associates of Pittsfield, Maine for the purpose of inspecting the wharf and developing guidelines which would be employed by Kleinschmidt for development of a proposal and statement of work.  The goal is to develop this proposal in October and get the document out to potential bidders in November with a return in December 2001 for selection of a final contractor.  Questions to be answered:
a. Where do the cut outs go for maximum benefit of the fishermen?
b. Ladders go where and how many of them?
c. Construct a new shed and passenger waiting area pursuant to what design?
d. What design will provide a better set of stairs for passengers getting on/off mailboat?
e. How many fender pilings and wave fence size are required?
f. Can the Town use Dan Lief's ramp and floats durng the period of construction?
Denise McCormick to speak with Mr. Lief. The Town will cover installation costs of these items in the spring while the wharf is being repaired.

[Note: A proposal for Engineering Services (P944-002) addressed to Chairman David Stainton, dated 6 September 2001, has been received.  It outlines all of the work which Kleinschmidt Associates is prepared to undertake based on the above inspection tour of the Islesford wharf for a lump sum fee of $13,200.  Selectman Beal also received a copy of this proposal and when asked subsequently by Chairman Stainton as to whether or not the Town should proceed, Selectman Beal indicated his approval and told Chairman Stainton to sign the Kleinschmidt Associates document accepting their proposal.]

CULVERT REPAIR ON SUTTON ISLAND (ITEM 5):
David Stainton reported that a culvert on Sutton Island requires repair and Donald Havner is qualified to undertake this type of repair.  Chairman Stainton is to call him and see if he will do it.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

HANCOCK COUNTY CAUCUS (ITEM 6):
Our Town has received a letter from the Hancock County Commissioners dated 21 August 2001 containing a: "Warrant Giving Public Notice of Commissioner District Caucus for election of Budget Advisory Committee Member(s)."  This notice is to be posted at least 7 days prior to the meeting.  Selectman Beal took responsibility for posting the notice on both Great Cranberry and Islesford with a return service sent to the Commissioners.  No further action required.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR FOR TOWN (ITEM 7):
This topic is to be an agenda item for the October 2001 Selectmen's Meeting.  In the interim, Town Clerk Frances Bartlett is to get in touch with the County Emergency Management Director and obtain specifics on a job description and duty for this position.
ACTION: FRANCES BARTLETT

REFUSE DUMPSTERS (ITEM 8):
The Selectmen have received a complaint from Corey Alley concerning the improper disposal of waste materials at the dumpster site by some property owners.  The personal habits or lack thereof by some people in properly disposing of their waste or garbage was discussed.  Signs have been constructed Chairman Stainton concerning waste and proper disposal, and these signs have been posted on each island at the waste sites.

FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 9):
Town Treasurer Frances Bartlett presented four financial warrants for approval.  Each was approved following review by the Selectmen:
a. Community Development Block Grant:     $62,213.44
b. School Department     12,860.43
c. General bills     22,900.00
d. General bills     23,463.60

Total: $121,437.47

OTHER ITEMS AT PLEASURE OF SELECTMEN (ITEM 10):
Selectman Beal reported on the abandonment of a vehicle at the Town parking lot on Great Cranberry Island, owned by Gary Hodgdon of Bernard, Maine.  Selectman Beal indicated that this vehicle had not been touched for more than 8 months and pursuant to State of Maine Motor Vehicle Statutes, the Town is fully authorized to communicate with Mr. Hodgdom indicating that he has 30 days to remove the vehicle or the Town can do the same with all bills sent to Mr. Hodgdon.  On motion of Selectman Beal, approval was granted to issued a letter to Mr. Hodgdon on this subject.  That letter is quoted here below:
"6 September 2001 (Certified Mail #: 7000-0600-0028-9630-7044)
Mr. Gary Hodgdon
Route 102, Tremont
Post Office Box ___
BERNARD, MAINE 04612

Subject: Removal of Abandoned Vehicle From Great Cranberry Island
Reference: (a) Town of Cranberry Isles, Board of Selectmen's Meeting 4 SEP 2001
(b) Meeting Richard Beal, Selectman & Michael Westphal, Contractor, 5 SEP 2001, Subj: Sale of Vehicle
(c) State of Maine Motor Vehicle Statutes, Title 29-A

Dear Mr. Hodgdon:
The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen, at its monthly board meeting reference (a), declared the following vehicle to be abandoned since it has been in its current location for more than 8 months untouched:

Make: Dodge Van
Location: Great Cranberry Island Parking
Year: 1981
License Plate: None
Color: Yellow
VIN: 2B7FB13E2BK215429

Based on a discussion with several residents and then Mr. Michael Westphal, I determined that you purchased this vehicle, via a Bill of Sale, approximately 4 years ago from Mr. Westphal.  Accordingly, you are ordered, by vote of the Selectmen for the Town of Cranberry Isles, to remove this vehicle within 30 days from receipt of this letter, pursuant to Section 1860 of reference (c) which is quoted herein for your edification:
Section 1860, Title 29-A Abandonment on an island:
"A person may not abandon a motor vehicle on any property on an island without consent of the owner of the property.  The State, municipality or other political subdivision having jurisdiction over the island may order the owner of a vehicle illegally abandoned on an island to remove it at the vehicle owner's expense.  If the owner of the vehicle refuses to remove the motor vehicle, or if the owner is unknown, the State or political subdivision may cause the vehicle to be removed from the island and may require reimbursement from the owner for the removal and the administrative and legal costs.  Neither the state nor any political subdivision of the State is liable for any damage to the motor vehicle that may be caused by removal.  Failure to remove an illegally abandoned vehicle on an island within 30 days after written warning, or within 30 days of ice-out if ice prevents the island from being reasonably accessible, is a Class E crime."

Please be advised that should you elect not to remove this vehicle within the prescribed 30 days timeframe from the Great Cranberry Island parking lot, then the Town of Cranberry Isles will undertake this removal action with all incurred costs being forwarded to you for collection.

For the Board of Selectmen:
Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine
    // signature //
Richard F. Beal. Selectman

cc: Selectman David Stainton
Selectwoman Denise McCormick
Town Clerk Frances J. Bartlett
Maine State Police Lt. Wesley Hussey (regional Troop Commander)

[Note: The above letter was received on 7 September 2001 by Mr. Hodgdon with a return notification on Postal Form 3811.  Mr. Hodgdon has subsequently hired Blair Colby of Great Cranberry to free up the brakes and prepare the vehicle in question for transport.  On 24 September 2001 Mr. Blair accomplished this task.]

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 11):
The meeting concluded at 11:15 AM with agreement to hold the October 2, 2001 meeting at the Islesford Neighborhood House on Little Cranberry Island at 08:30 AM.

On 2 October 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen. RFBeal
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal Selectman & recorder



MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

2 October 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0830, 2 October 2001, in the Islesford Neighborhood House, Little Cranberry Island, Maine 04646.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Frances J. Bartlett.  No members of the public, residents or visitors, were present.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes and also produced during the meeting an audio tape recording, using Tapes 11 & 12, which remain in his possession for reference.

REVIEW & APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 4 SEP 2001 MEETING (ITEM 1):
Minutes of the 4 September 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of Denise McCormick, with second by David Stainton, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton reviewed each of the action items from the 4 September 2001 meeting prior to continuation of the 2 October 2001 agenda which is attached to this report:
a. Floats: No specification data available.  A new float for Islesford is required before May of next year.

b. Accident on Islesford float: No word has been received either from the affected party or from the Town's insurance agent.

c. Public Restroom-Islesford: This project has not been completed by Mr. Lief and word has been unofficially received that there is no intention of completing the project before next spring.  No heat has been turned on.  The easement from the Fishermen's Coop has just been notarized and is to be filed at the County Court House / Registry of Deeds.  David Stainton & Richard Beal to visit the facility after the meeting.

d. Outdoor Burning & Town Forest Fire Warden: David Stainton indicated that he had talked with the DEP and that he would publish a notice to the Town.  Also Denise McCormick has asked Edgar Blank if he would consider becoming the Town Forest Fire Warden.  In the interim, the Town Clerk will have "burning permits" printed for use by wardens on each island.  (Note: Subsequent to the meeting, Selectman Beal obtained the correct forms for appointment of a Forest Fire Warden from the State Forest Warden office.  He was also sent copies of all applicable laws for open burning, when permitted, including a copy of the most recently passed law that forbids the open burning of household trash.)

e. Islesford Wharf Repairs: The Selectmen discussed and signed the letter contract with Kleinschmidt Associates, Inc. for $13,200.  This firm will assist the Town in preparation of all proposal and specification documents leading to repair of the Islesford wharf.

f. Emergency Management Director for Town: Selectman Beal is to call Director Ralph Pinkham of the Hancock County Emergency Management Directorate and discuss the parameters for a Town EM Director.  (Note: Selectman Beal called Mr. Pinkham and found that he was essentially looking for someone as a town point of contact in case of emergencies.  Mr. Pinkham has decided to call Selectman Beal if he has a special notice to get out to the Town of Cranberry Isles.)

CHARLES GIFFORD LETTER (ITEM 2):
Mr. Gifford's letter was read and discussed concerning his "chewing out" for open burning by Courtney Chaplin.  After discussion the Selectmen found that there was blame on both sides and this incident also highlighted again the requirement for a written open burning permit from the Forest Fire Warden.  Selectman Stainton indicated that he would write Mr. Gifford a letter of apology from the Town with a statement of the new law on open burning.
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

GREAT CRANBERRY PUBLIC TOILET ELECTRIC BILL (ITEM 3):
Jan Moss, resident of Great Cranberry, is presently providing electric power for use in the public toilet facility to run the exhaust fan.  She has indicated that the bill will be approximately $100.  The Selectmen voted in the affirmative to have the Town Treasurer reimburse her for this expense.

ADA RICE EASEMENT TO TOWN FOR SEPTIC SYSTEM (ITEM 4):
Mr. Thomas Watson, of Connecticut, has recently purchased the Ada Rice home on Great Cranberry Island.  During that purchase process he found that an easement had been granted to the Town of Cranberry Isles for installation of a septic system by the Town for benefit of the Rices'.  Since this septic system was installed many years ago and beyond warranty or other claim now by the Town, the Selectmen voted in the affirmative to have the Town Attorney remove the easement from the Rice Deed.
ACTION: TOWN CLERK BARTLETT

FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 5):
Treasurer Frances Bartlett presented three warrants for consideration by the Selectmen.  Following review and some questions, these warrants were approved in the amounts of:
General Bills     $13,119.31
School Department     $34,071.45
CDBG (Matt Skolnikoff)     $1,009.49

Total: $48,200.25

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 6):
The meeting concluded at 10:45 AM with agreement to hold the next meeting on November 13, 2001 at 0845 in the Great Cranberry Community Center.  The normal meeting date of the first Tuesday in the month has been waived by the Selectmen due to State elections and voting being held on 6 November.

On 13 November 2001 the above report was read and accepted on voice vote of the Selectmen. RFB
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal Selectman & recorder



MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING

13 November 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0845, 13 November 2001, at the Great Cranberry Community Center, Great Cranberry Island, Maine 04625.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard F. Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk & Treasurer Frances J. Bartlett.  Members of the community present were: Karen and Phillip Whitney, and Christopher White.

NOTE TAKING:
Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes.

REVIEW & APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 2 OCTOBER 2001 MEETING (ITEM 1):
Minutes of the 2 October 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of Denise McCormick, with second by David Stainton, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton reviewed each of the action items from the 2 October 2001 meeting prior to continuation of the 13 November 2001 agenda which is attached to this report:
a. Float: The float at Islesford which had been damaged on one corner and was underwater was sold to James Bright for $400.  The decision to sell was made by Selectwoman McCormick at the time this float was hauled for winter storage.  Selectmen Stainton and Beal concurred with this decision and the sale price.  Proceeds were added to the Town's general fund.  Selectman Beal provided the Board with a draft "Invitation for Bid" for the construction of a new Islesford float.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he wanted to add a drawing of the float to enhance the specification package and would provide it to Selectman Beal for issuance to prospective vendors.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL & DAVID STAINTON

b. Accident at Islesford Wharf: There has been no further word from the insurance company as to a claim by the Connecticut woman who fell and broke her arm earlier this summer while maneuvering about the Islesford floats.

c. Public Restroom on Islesford: It appears that the public restrooms recently constructed by Mr. Lief at the Restaurant Dock have been shutdown for the season.  No heating facilities have been installed at the time of this Selectmen's Meeting with all plumbing and associated piping still exposed to the elements.

RECORDING OF TOWN MEETING MINUTES (ITEM 2):
Following the approval vote for the Board of Selectmen's Meeting Minutes of 2 October 2001, Selectman Beal expressed his concern for formal documenting of Board of Selectmen's meetings, plus Town Meetings.  Pursuant Maine Public Law concerning the conduct of municipal meetings and the Freedom of Information Act, Selectman Beal indicated his belief that the Town of Cranberry Isles should be recording all proceedings involving municipal government.  Chairman Stainton inquired as to what a "court reporter" might cost for documenting the Town Meeting in March 2002 and Selectman Beal said he would inquire of the Hancock County Clerk of Courts and report back.

[Note: The Hancock County Clerk of Courts was very responsive and put Selectman Beal in touch with Ms. Connie Roth of Machias, Maine.  She is a part-time Court Reporter and said that she and other reporters usually receive $100 to show up at a meeting and then it's $5.00 per page of transcription.  Her telephone number is: 207-255-4308.  She also gave the names of three other firms that provide reporters: Zeb Pike of Redding, Maine; Don Thompson of Bangor, Maine; and Brown-Keene-Halterman of Bangor.]

OPEN BURNING OF HOUSEHOLD TRASH (ITEM 3):
Town Clerk Frances Bartlett was provided with copies of the recently passed Maine Law which ends the open burning of all household trash.  Selectman Beal wrote to the Maine EPA Commissioner, Martha Kirkpatrick, and received copies of the law.  The Town Clerk will be providing copies of this law, along with recently printed "Burning Permits" to each Selectman and Town Forest Fire Warden Edgar Blank and Deputy Forest Fire Warden Wesley Bracy Jr.

ISLESFORD WHARF (ITEM 4):
Chairman Stainton has posted a sign at the Islesford Wharf advising citizens that it is dangerous for more than two automobiles to be on the dock at any one time, and then they should be a minimum of 25 feet separation.  Mr. Stainton also asked Selectman Beal to talk with David Bunker of Beal & Bunker, Inc. concerning the tying of the ferry boat by the stern to the outer pilings at this dock.  In its weakened condition, this method of tying up the Mailboat should only be used in an emergency until wharf repairs have been completed in the spring of 2002.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

ISLESFORD WHARF REPAIRS (ITEM 5):
Bond and loan papers were presented to the Board of Selectmen by the Town Treasurer for signature.  These documents are required in order to initiate the $300,000 credit line at Bar Harbor Banking & Trust Company, approved by the voters at Special Town Meeting earlier this year.  Chairman Stainton also indicated that the Town may qualify for State of Maine aid in the repair effort, based on the recently approved State Bond item approved by the voters during the November 2 elections.

CIRT LETTER (ITEM 6):
The Selectmen signed a letter indicating to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Company that the land on which the Cranberry Isles Realty Trust had constructed a home was in fact Town land and that CIRT had been granted permission to use the land for the next 35 years.  This letter was required to permit CIRT to obtain a loan for expenses associated with construction of the home.

GENERAL ASSISTANCE REGULATONS (ITEM 7):
Pursuant to Maine Law the Town is required to formally adopt the regulations put forth by the State concerning the amount of municipal funds which may be offered for assistance to those in need.  Each category of need is listed by dollar amount.  The Town Clerk also reported that general assistance of approximately $250/month has been paid to cover the costs of a hot meal each day for two residents on Islesford.  If the Islesford General Store closed for the winter months, the Selectmen voted to authorized the Town Treasurer to continue funding local residents to provide these meals.  The Selectmen signed the regulation papers for forwarding to the State.

REQUEST OF EDWARD HORVATH FOR ADVANCE SNOW PLOWING PAYMENT (ITEM 8):
The Selectmen received a letter from Edward Horvath of Great Cranberry Island which was opened by each Selectmen during the meeting.  This letter is quoted herein:
" November 08, 2001
The Town of Cranberry Island
C/Selectmen: David Stainton, Denise McCormack and Richard Beal

Dear Board,
I'd like to start by saying I am sorry I am unable to accompany this letter as I am out of town on business.  I have had to up grade my equipment recently and am asking you to change my payment schedule so I will be able to start payment on my truck and new plow.  I am asking for Dec 2001 - Sept 2002 excluding Nov 2001 as it is already on this warrant.  This will be a payment of 6230.00.  After Sept 2002 I would like to go back to my monthly payments until the end of my contract that will expire on March 31, 2003.  Thank you for your consideration on this matter.

Other matters that are of some concern to me, first, I need to know what your plan is for the town recycling station as it is not covered in my contract.  I'm suggesting that we do it on an hourly basics as I am not sure how long it will take and to what detail it needs to be done.  The rate is $70 an hour, $35 min charge.

Second, I need the power to be fixed at the salt shed, a light both interior and exterior and a working outlet.

Third, I need the salt sand to be delivered ASAP 14 yards to start no more than that as we can not fit it in the shed.

Finally, I need the propane tanks removed from the dock area as it would cause great harm to my equipment if I were to hit one.  Also, it would be great if some trimming could be done on some of the roads so the branches won't hit the truck.  I have to drive with my truck wheel on the edge of the payment and the snow covered branches pose a hazard.

As of this afternoon my truck will be on island and in good working order and ready for snow.  If you have any questions feel free to call me or my wife.

Sincerely,
/s/ Edward Horvath"

The Board of Selectmen discussed the above letter, reviewed copies of the snow plowing contract as provided by the Town Clerk, along with hearing comments from the audience.  It was the decision of the Board not to approve the request for advance payment of $6,230 since it would be a violation of law, would burden the Town with a cash flow problem at the end of the 2001 fiscal year and would be contrary to approved accounting practices.  The auditing firm of James W. Wadman, C.P.A. concurred with the Board's decision.  Selectman Stainton asked Selectman Beal to send Mr. Horvath a response.  This response is noted below:
"14 November 2001

Mr. Edward Horvath
46 Bayberry Cottage
Cranberry Isles, Maine 04625

Subject: Advance Payment on Snow Plowing Contract

Ref: (a) Edward's HandyMan Service ltr dated 8 NOV 2001;
Subj: Request for Advance Payment on Snow Plowing Contract
(b) Town of Cranberry Isles Snow Plowing Contract dated 12 Sept 2000
with Edward's HandyMan Service

Dear Mr. Horvath:

The Board of Selectmen met on 13 November 2001 and considered in open forum your request as contained in reference (a) for advance payment of $6,230.00 against the Great Cranberry Island Snow Plowing contract reference (b).  The Board of Selectmen must unfortunately deny your request for the following reasons:
a. Operating funds for the Town of Cranberry Isles are approved by the voters for the standard fiscal year of January through December.  Lump sum payment of $5,607 covering the period of January 2002 through September 2002 prior to approval of the Year 2002 Warrant would be a violation of law.  By convention and previous vote of the citizens at Town Meetings, the Town Treasurer may only expend funds for the months of January through March that do not exceed the previous years expenditures for January through March until the current years Warrant has been approved by the voters.

b. Payment of the full ten months now, as requested in reference (a), would produce a cash flow problem, just as the Treasurer is trying to close the Year 2001 books.

c. The Town's independent auditor, James W. Wadman, C.P.A., was asked to review your request and has provided concurrence with the reasons listed above.  The auditor believes that monthly payments, as specified in reference (b), are acceptable while maintaining a sound financial accounting practice; however, a lump sum payment, against 10 months of work not yet performed, in out year obligations is not acceptable for a municipality against generally accepted auditing standards and the standards applicable to "Government Auditing Standards" issued by the Comptroller General of the United States by which the Town of Cranberry Isles is judged.

Regarding the plowing of the Town recycling station, removal of the propane tanks at the Town Parking Lot and restoration of electrical power at the Sand/Salt Shed, you will be contacted in the near future once the Selectmen have reviewed the sites.  As for delivery of 14 yards of sand & salt mixed, John W. Goodwin Construction, Inc. has been hired to provide this product at his earliest opportunity.

For the Board of Selectmen:

/s/ Richard F. Beal
Selectman
Secretary to the Board

cc: David Stainton, Board Chairman
Denise McCormick, Selectwoman
Frances J. Bartlett, Town Treasurer"

PROPANE GAS TANKS ABANDONED AT GT. CRANBERRY WHARF (ITEM 9):
There presently are 20 propane gas tanks at the Great Cranberry town parking lot which have been dumped there by various residents.  Vendors for these tanks need to be notified that removal by them is required and if they are not then a fee of $50 (suggested by Chairman Stainton) will be charged.  Chairman Stainton indicated that he would notify Island Plumbing & Heating (Alan Joseph) and Northeast Plumbing & Heating (Robert Young).
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

BUDGET WORKSHOP FOR YEAR 2002 WARRANT (ITEM 10):
The Board voted to hold a budget workshop at the conclusion of the next regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen's Meeting on 4 December 2001.

GRANITE BLOCKS IN THE TOWN HARBOR AT ISLESFORD (ITEM 11):
Selectwoman McCormick informed the Board that she had received an inquiry and recommendation concerning the granite blocks located approximately 60 feet in the water from the low water mark, in front of the Blue Duck building at Islesford.  Edgar Blank, a resident of Islesford, has suggested that if ownership of these blocks can be confirmed as belonging to the Town of Cranberry Isles, then the blocks might be of value as support and wave reduction in the rehabilitated Islesford wharf.  The Board decided that first ownership needed to be determined prior to considering there use on the Islesford wharf.  Selectman Beal volunteered to research the ownership issue.
ACTION: RICHARD BEAL

[Note: Selectman Beal wrote to the Director of Land Resources for Acadia National Park, with information copies of his letter to both the Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent.  That letter is contained below:]
27 November 2001
Acadia National Park
Attn: Mr. Michael Blaney
Office of Land Resources
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Subject: Granite Wharf Blocks in Islesford Harbor re: Ownership

Enclosure (1): Photograph of Steamboat Wharf, Islesford, circa 1920;
Source: Bartlett Family Album, Islesford (Photocopy)

Dear Mr. Blaney:
This letter is written on behalf of the Town of Cranberry Isles in its efforts to determine ownership of the granite wharf blocks located in the harbor of Little Cranberry Island (Islesford).  Approximately 80 years ago there was a wharf in the vicinity of the current "Blue Duck" building, owned by Acadia National Park, known as the "Steamship Wharf" which serviced various steamships visiting Islesford.  This wharf was the only public wharf at the time but has since disappeared with the exception of the granite blocks located approximately 60 feet below the low water tide mark.  These blocks supported the end of the wharf at the deepest water point with the remainder of the wharf constructed out of wood.  Enclosure (1) provides a photograph copy of this former wharf for historical reference.  Please note that at the time of this photograph no other construction had taken place on the western end of Islesford.

The Town of Cranberry Isles is presently preparing to issue "Invitations for Bid" to vendors for the purpose of repairing and rehabilitating the public wharf on Little Cranberry.  In order to lessen the effects of wave action at the end of this public wharf, use of the above cited granite block might be of considerable value.  Since these blocks are in the contiguous harbor waters of the Cranberry Isles and not in the tidal zone the Town of Cranberry Isles believes that ownership is with the Town.  However, in an effort to ensure that there is no claim on these blocks by Acadia National Park, or the federal government, the Board of Selectmen for the Town requests your review of this matter.  We would appreciate having a concurrence from Acadia National Park as to Town ownership; with a statement that Acadia National Park holds no claim nor has any objection to these granite blocks being moved and used to strengthen the current public wharf.

/s/ Richard F. Beal
For the Board of Selectmen

cc: Mr. Paul Haertell
Acadia National Park Superintendent

Mr. Ken Bobinchock
Acadia National Park Assistant Superintendent

PARKING FOR CRANBERRY ISLES PROPERTY OWNERS IN NORTHEAST HARBOR (ITEM 12):
Selectman Beal indicated that he had had a recent conversation with Selectman Richard Savage of Northeast Harbor and that Selectman Savage was very interested in an idea that has been proposed in private by Selectman Stainton.  Chairman Stainton has been researching various parking lot options on land located in Northeast Harbor for use by Cranberry Isles residents and property owners.  He will initiate contact with Selectman Savage and see if a meeting between the boards of the two towns can be arranged for the near future to discuss options.  Parking continues to be a problem and discussion of special parking permits that may be attached to the windshield has been reserved for a future meeting.

The Town received a letter from Town of Southwest Harbor (Town Manager Kenneth A. Minier) dated 3 October 2001 in which the Town of Southwest Harbor thanked the Town of Cranberry Isles for its donation of $1000 for the year 2001.  This letter also contained the following wording regarding parking:
"I must remind you as in the past, that the donation of monies, although highly appreciated, does not entitle Cranberry Island to any permanent parking spaces in any of the Town parking lots.  The Town is presently working on a Paring Ordinance that will re-organize the present parking lots by establishing 3-hour, 8-hour, 12-hour, and overnight parking by permit only."

/s/ Kenneth A. Minier
Town Manager
ACTION: DAVID STAINTON

FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 13):
The Town Treasurer provided five warrants for consideration and approval by the Selectmen.  Each was reviewed and approved in the following amounts:
a. CDBG (Matt Skolnikoff)     $4,764.20
b. School Department     $8,599.21
c. General Bills     $1,974.90
d. General Bills     $26,531.76
e. General Bills     $12,375.00

Total: 54,245.07

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 14):
The meeting concluded at 11:10 AM with agreement to hold the next meeting on December 4th, 2001 at 08:30 AM in the Islesford Neighborhood House, Little Cranberry Island.

On 4 December 2001 the above report was read and accepted by voice vote of the Selectmen. - RFB
Respectfully submitted,
Richard F. Beal Selectman & recorder



MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN'S MEETING
4 December 2001

The Town of Cranberry Isles Board of Selectmen's Meeting was convened at 0840, 4 December 2001, at the Islesford Neighborhood House, Little Cranberry Island, Maine 04646.  Selectmen David Stainton, Richard Beal and Denise McCormick were present, along with Town Clerk / Treasurer Frances J. Bartlett.  Members of the community present were Edgar Blank and Bruce Fernald of Islesford.

NOTE TAKING: Richard Beal took notes for transcribing of meeting minutes.

REVIEW & APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 13 NOVEMBER 2001 MEETING (ITEM 1):
Minutes of the 13 November 2001 regularly scheduled board meeting were provided to each Selectman and the Town Clerk.  On motion of David Stainton, with second by Denise McCormick, the minutes were accepted with the original document being provided to the Town Clerk for permanent filing in the Town's records.  Chairman Stainton reviewed each of the action items from the 13 November 2001 meeting prior to continuation of the 4 December 2001 agenda which is attached to this report:

a. Court Reporter for Town Meeting: On motion of Beal with second by Denise McCormick, Selectman Beal was authorized to hire a Court Reporter for the upcoming Town Meeting on 12 March 2002.  This reporter will transcribe all discussions and votes during the meeting, providing an accurate record, for permanent retention in the Town's records.

b. Open Burning of Trash: Selectman Stainton said that he would post notices on the new law regarding the ban on burning of all household trash throughout the State of Maine.  Additionally, Town Burning Permits have been printed and Edgar Blank, as Town Fire Warden, was given his supply.

David Stainton said that he would deliver a supply to Assistant Fire Warden Wesley Bracy, Jr. on Great Cranberry Island, along with copies of the Maine law and burning regulations.

c. Appointment of Personal Advocate: One of our Islesford residents is seriously ill and open question brought to the attention of the Selectmen is whether or not formal municipal action is required to seek appointment of a "Personal Advocate" for this individual due to deteriorating medical conditions.  There appears to be insufficient attention by relatives.

Town Clerk Frances Bartlett said that she would have the State Nurse look at the patient today and advise of her opinion.  [Note: Shortly after the nurse's visit, a relative of the patient hired several island women to provide aid to the patient, and a number of island women are preparing meals daily.  This situation appears to now be under control and the Selectmen have declined further action pending progress on this separate front.]

d. Snow Plowing: Selectman Stainton has written a letter to each of the propane gas vendors in Northeast and Southwest Harbors concerning removal of empty tanks from the islands.  He advised each vendor that they would be charged $50 per tank if the Town had to have them removed.  The majority of the tanks belong to Island Plumbing & Heating and they have indicated that they will remove them shortly.  The Selectmen also voted unanimously not to repair any electrical work at the Great Cranberry salt shed in view of its replacement in the near future.  Treasurer Frances Bartlett provided a review of snow plowing financials for both island in order to understand what funds were being expended, and to have a comparison between the Horvath contract for snow plowing versus the Town owning the equipment and hiring men to plow as required.

TOWN PARKING IN NORTHEAST HARBOR (ITEM 2):
An idea formulated by Chairman Stainton for resolution of parking in Northeast Harbor by Cranberry Isles residents and guests was approved by Selectmen Beal and McCormick.  On recommendation of Chairman Stainton, formal discussion of his proposal should be withheld from public discussion until he can prepare a proposal for review by the Selectmen of the Town of Mount Desert.  Since it involves land within the town of Mount Desert, open discussions without first providing a courtesy review by municipal officials in that town was deemed the appropriate course of action.  If they approve of the idea then Selectman Stainton will present his proposal in open forum to the voters of the Cranberry Isles.

ACTION: DAVID STAINTON


PUBLIC TOILET FACILITY ON ISLESFORD (ITEM 3):
In view of the fact that the public toilet facility being built at the end of the Restaurant Dock has not been completed as originally promised by Dan Lief, restaurant owner, Chairman Stainton wrote a letter to him asking for his intentions.  It also appears that the ball has been dropped on completion of the easement related to installation of the septic system and having it recorded at the Hancock County Registry of Deeds.  There remains work by both the plumbers and carpenters before this facility can be heated and made available for winter use.  Chairman Stainton said that he would continue to work with Dan Lief on completion of this project.

ACTION: DAVID STAINTON


ISLESFORD FLOAT CONSTRUCTION BID (ITEM 4):
Bid documentation for construction of a float for the Town landing at Islesford was approved and will be sent to various vendors by Chairman Stainton.  Chairman Stainton asked if we should seek open bidding from any interested bidder and not limit bids to just Cranberry Isles residents and Selectman Beal concurred with the Chairman that bidding should be open to all.  Bids are due to the Town Clerk no later than 18 December 2001 and will be opened at a special Selectmen's Meeting on that date, at 0900 hours in the Neighborhood House, Islesford.

ACTION: DAVID STAINTON


ISLESFORD WHARF ENGINEERING DRAWINGS REVIEW (ITEM 5):
The Town has received revised drawings covering proposed repair work on the Islesford public wharf from the engineering firm of Kleinschmidt Associates, Inc.  Input was received from Edgar Blank and Bruce Fernald, local fishermen from Islesford.  Several minor questions arose which will be provided as feedback to Kleinschmidt Associates.  Selectman Beal has also contacted this firm for drawings which can be included in the annual 2002 Town Report.  Bidding documentation should be ready for vendors by early January 2002.  A goal of having bids returned by early March with work to begin in April 2002 with a projected completion of mid June 2002 was established by the Selectmen.  Selectman Beal reported that he had received a reply from the Superintendent of Acadia National Park to Beal's letter of 27 November 2001 which is attached to the 13 November 2001 Selectmen's Meeting Minutes.

This reply is quoted below in its entirety.

"United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Acadia National Park
P.O. Box 177
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

December 13, 2001
L1415 (ACAD-C)

Mr. Richard F. Beal, Selectman
Town of Cranberry Isles
P.O. Box 43
Cranberry Isles, Maine 04625-0043

Dear Mr. Beal:

We have received your letter of November 27, 2001, regarding the Granite Wharf Blocks in the Islesford Harbor.  Based on our review of historic records and deed information, the granite blocks you refer to are owned by the National Park and are therefore not available for town use.

According to Acadia deed 369 and the records of The Islesford Wharf Company (located at the William Otis Sawtelle collections and Research Center at Acadia National Park), the Islesford Wharf Company sold the wharf to the National Park Service on October 21, 1947 (Hancock County Registry of Deeds, book 714, page 376).  This sale included all components of the wharf including the granite blocks, which were purchased and installed by the Islesford Wharf Company from 1927 to 1929.

The Islesford Wharf Company owned the Islesford Wharf, also called the Steamboat Wharf and the Hadlock Wharf, from 1912 to 1947.  The Islesford Wharf Company was a group of ten individuals (both year round and summer residents of Little Cranberry Island) who purchased the wharf to ensure continued public access to the island for all visitors and residents of the island.  The National Park Service removed the Wharf Bridge (wooden planks) because its condition was a public safety concern.  The granite blocks (Wharf Head) are an important historic resource.  They were left in place so that the National Park Service could tell the story of the Islesford Wharf Company and so that, if in the future the park decided to rebuild the wharf, it could.

Based on the above documents, we believe the National park Service owns the granite blocks.  We cannot approve of the town's proposed use of this historic resource to repair and rehabilitate the public wharf on Little Cranberry Island.

If you would like to review these documents, the park would be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,

/s/ Paul F. Haertel
Superintendent"


ACTION: DAVID STAINTON


TOWN MEETING ARTICLES (ITEM 6):
Communications have been received from Hugh L. Dwelley asking for a Town Warrant Article addressing feasibility of mosquito reduction study and from Thomas P. Watson asking that the easement on his land by the Town be removed.  By unanimous vote Selectman Beal will prepare an article for each of these subjects for the voters to consider at the March 12th Town Meeting.

The letter from Mr. Watson follows and is the basis for a Town Meeting Article for the March 2002 meeting:

"33 Golf Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
September 6, 2001

Mr. David Stainton, Selectman
Cranberry Island, ME 04625

Dear David:

As I had mentioned to you in July, when Leslie and I took title to Ada's house it included an easement in favor of the Town of Cranberry.  After some investigation, it was determined that due to town or federal funding for the Rice's septic system in 1989, the town took an easement, apparently to allow for maintenance of the system if the property owner did not maintain it themselves.

It is my request that this easement be removed at this time as I see no value in it to the town or to us as property owners.

A copy of the original easement (which is almost illegible) is enclosed.

I would appreciate hearing from you at my home address of 33 Golf Road, Wethersfield, CT. 06109.  Thanks in advance for the consideration of the Selectmen.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Tom
Thomas P. Watson"

Two letters were received from Mr. Hugh Dwelley concerning mosquito control.  These letters are quoted below and are the basis for a Town Meeting Article for the March 2002 meeting:

"3508 Wilson Street
Fairfax, VA. 22030
November 5, 2001

Dear Madam Town Clerk,

What would it take to get the subject of Mosquito Control on the warrant for the next town meeting?  If a petition is required, I'm sure that Sig Harrison would sign and I expect there would be no difficulty getting others.

I think that we should again elect (or ask the selectmen to appoint) a Mosquito Commissioner.  Perhaps Rick Alley would do it?

I think that the Commissioner's first-year assignment should be to study the problem and to make recommendations of steps that the town might take.  Ideas that he/she could look at would include:

--Repairs to the old drainage system.  I know that the pipe that goes through the beach at the Sandbeach needs [to be] repaired or replaced.  Perhaps there are others through Gilley Beach and at Bunker's Cove that could be economically restored as well.  Perhaps the same on GCI and Sutton.

--Spraying (NOT DDT).  I know that they spray against mosquitoes down here on the coast of nearby Maryland.  I'd be glad to look into it.

--Releasing large numbers of dragon flies.  I read where they were doing that in some towns in Maine last summer.

--Set up an advisory committee to explore these and other ideas.

What do you think?  They were pretty bad last summer.

Best,"





"3508 Wilson Street
Fairfax, VA. 22030
December 19, 2001

Mr. Richard Beal
Chairman
Board of Selectmen
Cranberry Isles, ME 04625

Dear Richard:

I sent the enclosed letter to Jo Bartlett a month or so ago.  I understand that she has mentioned it to you folks.

I hope that you will include an item re mosquito control on the warrant so that it can be discussed at the next town meeting.  Please let me know ASAP if a petition is needed.  I can be reached by phone at 703-352-0846.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

/s/ Hugh
Hugh Dwelley
hldwelley@aol.com"

ACTION: RICHARD BEAL



FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 7):
The following warrants were presented by the Town Treasurer for approval:

School Administration  $8,094.00
General bills         $64,237.67
CDBG (Matt Skolnikoff) $1,250.95
                    -------------
Total:                $73,582.62


This meeting adjourned with a vote to reconvene on 18 December 2001 at 0900 hours at the Islesford Neighborhood House, Islesford, Maine.


18 December 2001

The Selectmen reconvened their meeting at 0830 hours with all Selectmen present, along with the Town Clerk.  Island residents included David Thomas, Harvey Bunker and Bruce Fernald.

TOWN MEETING WARRANT (ITEM 8):
The Selectmen continued to work on a draft warrant for the March Town Meeting.  Treasurer Frances Bartlett reported that the cost of printing the Town Report last year was approximately $2,000.  Selectman Beal is seeking a quote from a printer on Water Street in Ellsworth for comparison with last years printing firm.

ACTION: RICHARD BEAL


FLOAT CONSTRUCTION BIDS (ITEM 9):
Chairman Stainton reported that he had received three bids from Clerk Frances Bartlett for construction of a new float for Islesford.  These bids were opened with amounts bid as indicated:
Dan Chalmers of Northeast Harbor   $14,049.79
Harvey Bunker, Inc., Islesford     $11,900.00
Bluehill Marine Service, Bluehill  $11,494.95 (Selected bidder)

All bids were considered valid and that each bidder was a responsible contractor.  Accordingly, Selectman Beal motioned to accept the bid of Bluehill Marine Service of Bluehill, Maine, owner Philip Black.  Selectman David Stainton seconded with Selectwoman McCormick abstaining.  The vote passed two for Bluehill Marine Service with one absention.  There was input from the audience concerning towing a float from Bluehill to Islesford and what strain might be imposed on the structure.  The Selectmen Beal and Stainton, nevertheless, believed that the lowest qualified bidder should be the winner and that it was the responsibility of the Selectman to accept the float at Islesford in new condition.

PROPOSED ARTICLES FOR TOWN MEETING 2002 (ITEM 10):
On recommendation of Mr. Bruce Fernald of Islesford, Maine, then present at this 18 December 2001 meeting, two proposed Warrant Articles were discussed with the following proposed wording which will be reviewed again at the 8 January 2002 Selectmen's Meeting:

a. "Abandoned Motor Vehicle Removal": To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to appropriate the sum of $5000.00 to be placed in escrow for three years by the Town Treasurer for the removal from the islands of motor vehicles that in the determination of the Selectmen have been junked or abandoned.  The Selectmen may draw upon these funds to collect, transport, and disposed of these vehicles pursuant to Title 29-A, Maine Motor Vehicle Statutes, as amended.

b. "Motor Vehicle Statute Enforcement": To see if the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles will vote to authorize, on a continuing annual basis, the Town Treasurer to transfer the sum of $1500 from annual excise tax collections to a separate account called "Motor Vehicle Statute Enforcement"; and that these funds may be dispersed by the Selectmen to various County or State law enforcement agencies for payment of their services in coming to the islands for the purpose of motor vehicle law enforcement.

Mr. Fernald, with support from David Thomas, also recommended to the Board of Selectmen that an ordinance should be prepared for consideration by voters of the Town concerning regulations for the importation of a motor vehicle onto Great Cranberry or Islesford islands.  These regulations would require the payment of an importation fee of $150.00 which would be held in escrow by the Town Treasurer to be either returned to the motor vehicle owner at the time of removal from the island or used by the Selectmen should the vehicle be junked or abandoned within the Town.  Additionally, no motor vehicle would be permitted to be barged or otherwise transported to the islands without having a current State of Maine registration.  The Town Clerk will issue a permit identification sticker for use on the windshield of the motor vehicle to be imported to the jurisdiction of the Town of Cranberry Isles.  On motion of Richard Beal with second by Denise McCormick, the Chairman was authorized to contact the Town Attorney, Anthony Giunta in Ellsworth, to discuss a proposed ordinance and develop a draft for presentation at a special Town Ordinance Review hearing.


FINANCIAL WARRANTS (ITEM 11):
The Town Treasurer presented a financial warrant for approval on the dates indicated:

DATECATEGORYAMOUNT
18 Dec 2001General Bills$9,864.74
28 Dec 2001General Bills$49,901.84

Total:$59,766.58

[Note: The financial warrant for 28 December 2001 was reviewed and approved by Selectmen Beal and McCormick at Islesford in order to facilitate close out of the Year 2001 financial records by the Town Treasurer.  Selectman Stainton was unavailable.]

NEXT MEETING (ITEM 12):
The meeting concluded at 11:10 AM with agreement to hold the next meeting on January 8th, 2002 at the Great Cranberry Community Center, Great Cranberry Island.  Since the normal meeting date of the first Tuesday of the month was January 1st, the alternate of the second Tuesday for decided upon for this January meeting.

Respectfully submitted,


Richard F. Beal
Selectman & Recorder
On 8 January 2002 the above report was read and accepted by voice vote of the Selectmen.
RFB




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