Town of Cranberry Isles
Board of Selectmen's Meeting Minutes
2 May 2006
Islesford Neighborhood House

In Attendance:
Phil Whitney, BOS ChairDebbie Wedge
Daniel Lief, BOSHeath Wedge
Aaron Gray, BOS Karin Whitney
Denise McCormick, Town ClerkClay Taylor
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy ClerkEugenio Bertin
Billy McGuinness, Facilities SupervisorKay Rosa
Eve Harrison, MFC Evelyn Boxley
Jason Pickering, MFC/Road Com.Roy Hadlock
Sheila KrasnowIann Krasnow

I. Call to Order: 8:30 AM by Chairman Phil Whitney.

II. Review/Approval 04/04/06 Minutes
Phil Whitney moves to accept April 04, 2006 minutes as written.

Nan Hadlock wishes to correct the date on the January 10, 2006 BOS Minutes. The date on the January minutes is printed as 01/06/06, the actual Date of the meeting was 01/10/06..Also in regards to the March 07, 2006 minutes, the minutes reflect the date 03/07/05. The actual date of the March BOS Meeting was 03/07/06.

III. Review/Signing Financial Warrants

Warrant #18$ 3701.31
Warrant #19$ 17206.01
Warrant #20 $ 46940.88
Warrant #21$ 4534.68
Warrant #22$ 29595.75

*Treasurer's Note: All above warrant amounts were approved by the Board of Selectmen. On Warrant # 22, $46.20 was subtracted from the warrant total before approval. The Board of Selectmen did not approve a Fire Department Zone 1 bill for $46.20, until a quarterly report is received by the Selectmen from Zone 1 officers.

IV. Communications

A. Letter-Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR)
The Board of Selectmen has received a letter from the Gray, ME Town Council asking for Town of Cranberry Isles support for the TABOR bill. Selectmen Lief and Selectmen Gray are not prepared at this time to sign a letter of support until they have more time to research documents received earlier in the month.

Phil Whitney moves to table a decision until the June BOS Meeting. Dan Lief seconds the motion. Motion passes.

B. Letter-Department of Education Re: Maine Readiness Campaign
A letter has been received by the Board of Selectmen signed by Susan Gendron (Department of Education) and Christopher Lockwood (Maine Municipal Association) in regard to the Maine Readiness Campaign for high school seniors. Dan Lief suggests that the board get input from the Town of Cranberry Isles School Committee before signing the document. Aaron Gray will follow through by discussing this with the School Committee.

C. Letter-Maine Municipal Association (MMA) Re: Proposed Repeal Of Most Personal Property Taxes
The Board has received an Impact Analysis Report on proposed LD 2056, Repealing Maine's Personal Property Tax, including a chart with projected effects on each Town should the bill pass. Copies of this report will be made available at both the GCI Library and the Islesford Neighborhood House Library, as well as at the Town Office.

V. Appointments/Resignations

A. Appointments: Annual Town Officer Positions
The Board of Selectmen sign appointments for the following annual Town Officer Positions:

Bob Phillips has recently attended the Shellfish Warden training in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Bob is currently living in Southwest Harbor, and may not be able to routinely patrol the flats, but will make every effort to come if called. Selectmen have decided to pay for this position on an hourly basis, as opposed to a lump salary. Dan Lief moves to pay fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour for shellfish warden, stating that this arrangement is acceptable to us for an interim position, however in the event an individual is found for full time shellfish warden, the pay will resume to salary. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

The Great Cranberry Island Shellfish Warden position is still vacant at this time. Debbie Wedge expresses interest in the position.

B. Resignation: Richard Beal-Constable, Harbormaster, Shellfish Commission
The Board of Selectmen accepts with regret the resignation of Richard Beal of GCI as constable, harbormaster, and shellfish conservation committee. Dan Lief wishes to thank Richard Beal for his work. The Board of Selectmen would still like to discuss with him the issues Mr. Beal has that led to his resignation, but have not been able to reach him.

C. Discussion: Planning Board Potential Vacancy
Edward Horvath has decided to resign from the Planning Board. Phil Whitney suggests advertising the vacancy on the board. Dan Lief and Aaron Gray agree.

VI. Old Business

A. Report: Law Enforcement-Proclamation Amendment
A proclamation signed by the Board on 03/13/06 dealing with low speed vehicles and ATVs is revisited by the Selectmen. Upon further research by Richard Beal and Deputy Town Clerk, it has been discovered that ATVs cannot be considered as low speed vehicles. It would be possible for our governmental unit (BOS) to pass an ordinance to allow ATVs on public ways in our town. The machines would have to be driven on the extreme right of the designated ATV access route, and the way would need to be posted as such. The Town Office has copies of Maine ATV Laws and Regulations available upon request. The original intent of the proclamation was to encourage low speed vehicles and ATV use for less impact on the land than larger vehicles.

The Selectmen agree to set a public hearing for discussion on a proposed ATV ordinance, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 15, 2006 at Great Cranberry Island.

The Board of Selectmen meeting for June has been tentatively rescheduled to Thursday, June 8, 2006 at Great Cranberry Island.

B. Report: Law Enforcement-Vehicle Importation
Dan Lief has re-drafted a letter from C.E.O. Kim Keene stating that vehicle importation enforcement will begin on July 15, 2006. The plan is to send all residents a copy of the vehicle waste ordinance along with the letter before enforcement starts. Discussion followed yet again on this issue. Dan Lief suggests that the current ordinance needs some fixing, for example, he feels that there should be standards set for Board of Selectmen exemption decisions, and also that ATVs are not included for exemption in the ordinance. If time permits, there may be some discussion on the vehicle waste ordinance at the previously discussed June 15 public hearing. The Board will make an official decision on the enforcement letter at the June BOS Meeting. Bill McGuinness is asked to work on organizing a junk vehicle barge-off for both Islands this year.

C. Report: Law Enforcement-Junk Vehicles & Health Issues
A Hancock County Sheriff's Office letter has been received by a resident from GCI in regards to driving without a license, operation of an ATV on a public way, and maintaining three or more unregistered motor vehicles on her private property. The same resident has also received a letter from the C.E.O. regarding violation of an auto graveyard and another issue over an individual living in an outbuilding on the property. Phil Whitney suggests a C.E.O. visit to the property within the next thirty (30) days. The resident asks for at least forty-eight (48) hours notice before the visit.

D. Discussion: GCI Street Naming Ordinance Implementation
Correspondence from Carl Brooks indicates that the next step for street naming and numbering for E911 service is to name the private roads on Great Cranberry Island. Letters will need to be sent to landowners who live on private ways, asking for suggestions on naming their roads. It has been suggested that the Town Clerks handle this procedure. Deputy Town Clerk has accomplished this task for Islesford last summer. Private Ways on Islesford have been named, and we are waiting for the mapping company to come and do the maps. No answer from the Islesford Addressing Committee is available at this time as to when this might take place. A list of GCI private way residents is needed by the Town Clerks in order to begin the process.

E. Discussion: Floodplain Management Ordinance
Selectman Whitney informs the Board that three individuals from the State Planning Office are willing to attend a public hearing at Cranberry Isles to discuss the proposed Floodplain Management Ordinance.

Phil Whitney moves that a public hearing be held on May 23 at 5:15 PM, at Islesford for the purpose of discussing questions and concerns about the proposed Flood Plain Management Ordinance. Dan Lief seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Aaron Gray. Motion passes.

F. Decision: Sutton Island Dock Light Repair Bids
There is a $10,000.00 projected cost for the Sutton Island Dock Light Repair Project. The bidding process has taken place, with no bids received by the Town for the project.

Dan Lief moves that Bill McGuinness proceed to get the project done; only hesitating if cost goes over estimate. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

G. Report: Ambulance Service Costs
This report is tabled until the June Board of Selectmen's Meeting, in order to wait for the figures from Northeast Harbor Ambulance.

H. Decision: Road Paving Bids
Three bids were received by the Town for paving projects at Great Cranberry Island.

Facilities Supervisor Bill McGuinness suggests that the price of liquid asphalt is going up, and he requests the Board take a week to review bids with the Road Commissioner, Jason Pickering.

Dan Lief moves that the Board of Selectmen meet for a special Board of Selectmen's Meeting, one week from today, May 9, 8:30 AM, at the Town Office on Islesford. Phil Whitney seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Aaron Gray. Motion passes.

I. Notification: Mt. Desert Nursery Parking Lot Non-Availability
The Town has discovered that the Mount Desert Nursery School does not actually own the parking spaces in Northeast Harbor that they originally offered Cranberry Isles. The Town of Mount Desert owns the spaces, and does not wish to rent them out.

J. Jennifer Literal Contract-Harbor Ord. Facilitator
Selectman Whitney provides the Board with a draft contract for the hiring of Jennifer Litteral for the Harbor Ordinance Facilitator and Researcher. The contract will run for one year from March 2006 through February 2007. The contract is to pay Ms. Litteral for her work of $2000.00 by the end of June 2006, and $6000.00 over the next year. The funds to pay for this position are to be paid from a grant. The grant has not been received as of this meeting, but Selectman Whitney feels there will be no problem. All three members sign the contract with Jennifer Litteral.

VII. New Business

A. Discussion: GCI Store Construction Project Changes
A new plan for the Cranberry General Store is presented by Clay Taylor, her builder Eugenio Bertin, and her architect, Kay Rosa. A mid-February survey by Mike Avery of C.E.S. shows that the old store building sits partially on land owned by Jan Moss of GCI. Construction needs to begin by August 15, 2006 in order to free up Moss Land by moving the current store. Clay is seeking a letter of authorization from the Board to start the project on Town owned land. Eugenio Bertin provides a draft letter of authorization. The Board of Selectmen signs the authorization letter.

The Board of Selectmen have received petition of support from residents encouraging the Board to move ahead on approving the store project. The Board states that it is very much in favor of the new store and will do everything possible to meet the building schedule. Selectmen offer Ms. Taylor to extend the current one year lease for three months with an amendment included to include the new land needed for the new store. This lease to be signed at the May 9, 2006 Special Board of Selectmen's Meeting.

B. Signatures: Valdina/Town Office Lease Renewal
The Board of Selectmen signs a twenty-four month lease with the Valdina Family for the use of the Town House at Islesford for a Town Office. The length of this lease is March 01, 2006 to February 28, 2008.

C. Nominations: June 13 Primary- Wardens & Ballot Clerks
To date there is no individual from District 2, Islesford willing to represent the Republican Party at the June 13 Primary Election. The following residents were appointed by the Board.

Cranberry Isles, District 1:
Ballot Clerks:
  Barbara Stainton (D)
  Gaile Colby (R)
Karin Whitney (U)

Islesford, District 2;
Ballot Clerks:
  Susan Krasnow (D)
  vacant (R)
Nanette Hadlock (G)

D. Signatures: Municipal Tax Lien Release-George Brainard
A municipal tax lien was placed on the former property of George C. Brainard in 1965. The property is currently owned by Judith and Robert Murch on GCI, and it has been realized that the Town of Cranberry Isles has neglected to ever release the lien. The Board of Selectmen signs a requested Municipal Quit-claim Deed Without Covenant, releasing any claim of the Town of Cranberry Isles regarding the 1965 tax liens.

E. Signatures: 2006 Tax Commitment Letter
The Board of Selectmen signs the Tax Commitment Letter to Matt Caldwell, CMA for the 2006 calendar year.

Funds to be raised from Real Estate Taxes for 2006 include the following:
Town Operations Budget:$1,063,492.00
County Tax 2006:$ 90,000.00
School Budget:$ 287,546.00
Less Appropriations:- $ 337,538.00

Amount to be raised by taxes:


F. Proposal: GCI Futures Group Second Gas Tank Installation
The Great Cranberry Island Futures Group has asked permission to install a second three thousand gallon gasoline storage tank and adjacent pad at the Great Cranberry Gasoline Station location. The Board of Selectmen feels they need more information about the project before they can make a decision. Bill McGuinness will write a letter to the Futures Group requesting more details.

G. Report: Affordable Housing Conference-Belfast 4/27-28
Phil Whitney, Cyrus Moulton, Barbara Stainton, Malcolm Donald, Chris White, and Katrina Van Dusen attended the Affordable Housing Conference sponsored by the Island Institute in Belfast on April 27 and 28th.

H. Notification: Proposed Telemedicine Research Visits 5/05 & 5/15
Medical Representatives from the Maine Sea Coast Mission will be on Great Cranberry Island on Friday, May 05 and on Islesford on Monday, May 15 to speak with residents about the Telemedicine Program. This program brings a nurse on the Sunbeam to the outer Islands to do on board visits and checks. Video conferencing is also available on board with most area doctors.

I. Discussion: Amendments-Municipal Shoreland Zoning Guidelines
Selectmen have received a memo stating new guidelines for shoreland zoning. The Town of Cranberry Isles Shoreland Zoning Ordinance will have to be updated by the Planning Board to comply with the State of Maine. The Town Ordinance must be equal to the state ordinance, or stronger.

J. Application: Islesford Dock Restaurant
The Board of Selectmen signs a Liquor License Renewal for Islesford Dock Restaurant.

VIII. MFC Report

A. Town Offices
No communications at this time.

B. Roads Maintenance
Paving bids previously discussed.

C. Manset Maintenance
Late next week, Bill McGuinness will be on Great Cranberry Island doing some small jobs.

D. Manset Business Development
No communication at this time.

E. Parking Administration
The Northeast Harbor parking letters are ready to mail, and Manset parking letters will be next. The 2006 parking season begins on May 15.

F. Town Property Inventory/Usage
No communications at this time.

G. GCI Store/Public Restrooms
Karin Whitney has a contract for cleaning GCI restrooms. She expresses the fact that though she cleans the Manset restrooms, she has no contract for the job. Bill McGuinness will research the Pagels lease to see who is responsible for paying for Manset restroom cleaning.

It is now time to open the public restrooms on Islesford. The water must be turned on, and someone needs to be hired to do an initial spring clean of the bathrooms. The Board authorizes Bill McGuinness to set this up. Betty Sprague will be asked to do routine cleaning of the Islesford restrooms for the summer season.

H. Trash Removal
No communications at this time.

I. Wharves/Floats/Ramps/Harbors
Main floats are now in at Great Cranberry and Islesford. Terry Johnson will try and relocate the missing town moorings. The Harbor Ordinance Committee has met twice so far, and the next meeting is May 11, 2006, (2:00 PM at Islesford).

J. Grant Applications
In reference to the SHIP and BIG grants, Kevin Russo from the Department of Transportation will visit GCI and Islesford Town Docks on May 3, 2006.

K. Leases & Real Estate
Previously discussed.

L. Budget & Warrants
No communications at this time.

IX. Town Officer Reports
The Selectmen have received no quarterly report from GCI Fire Department. Selectman Lief reports that Chief Chaplin of Islesford gave him a verbal report.

X. Other Business

XI. Audience Communications

XII. Executive Session-12:35 PM
Phil Whitney moves that the Board of Selectmen go into Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. @ 405 (6) (F), and provisions of the Maine Human Rights Act, for the purpose of discussing confidential correspondence relative to a complaint filed with the Maine Human Rights Act, for the purpose of discussing confidential correspondence relative to a complaint filed with the Maine Human Rights Commission against the Town of Cranberry Isles. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

12:54 PM- Phil Whitney moves that the Board Meeting reconvene. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Meeting reconvenes.

XIII. Adjournment-12:55 PM
Phil Whitney moves that the meeting adjourn. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Meeting adjourns.

The next meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be a special meeting at the Islesford Town Office on Tuesday, May 9, 2006.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be on Thursday, June 08, 2006 at Great Cranberry Island.

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