Town of Cranberry Isles
Board of Selectmen's Meeting
5 December 2006
Great Cranberry Island Community Center


Phil Whitney, Chairman, B.O.S Eric Dyer, Island Institute
Dan Lief, B.O.S. Eve Harrison, M.F.C.
Aaron Gray, B.O.S. Chris White, M.F.C.
Denise McCormick, Town Clerk Hal Newell, M.F.C.
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk Everett Profit
Bill McGuinness, Facilities Supervisor  

I. Call to Order: 8:51 A.M. by Phil Whitney, Chairman.
Due to time constraints, the meeting begins nine minutes early. The Board will review if necessary.

II. Review / Approval 11/02/06 Minutes
Aaron Gray moves to accept the 11/02/06 Board of Selectmens Meeting Minutes as written. Dan Lief seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Phil Whitney. Motion passes.

III. Review / Signing Financial Warrants

Warrant #49:$ 3866.56
Warrant #50:$ 14243.75
Warrant #51:$ 7687.71
Warrant #52: *$ 57643.88
Total:$ 83441.90

* Warrant #52: Phil Whitney does not approve paying Fire Department Expenses, as no quarterly reports have been received from the Fire Departments. Fire Department Expenses total $ 6915.68. Selectman Gray and Selectman Lief do approve financial warrant # 52 in its entirety.

* The Treasurer submits a bill for further research for Fire Departent, Zone 1 Great Cranberry Island. The bill total is $578.00, payable to Cranberry Island Futures Group for gasoline purchases in a thirty-two day time frame. This bill is not included on todays warrants.

IV. Communications
A. Letter: Life Flight Foundation

The Life Flight Foundation has sent a letter to the Town of Cranberry Isles, thanking us for the donation of $1000.00 approved at the March 2006 Town Meeting.

V. Appointments / Resignations
Dan Lief moves to appoint Hal Newell on a temporary basis until annual town meeting in March 2007, as Municipal Facilities Commission Member. Aaron Gray seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Phil Whitney. Motion passes.

VI. Old Business
A. Status: E-911 Compliance Progress

Great Cranberry Island: Letters will be sent to abutters of private roads this week for the naming process.

Islesford: Work is expected to begin, and hopefully to finish the numbering process by the end of 2006. Bill McGuinness and Nan Hadlock will work on this project.

B. Status: Beal & Bunker Subsidy Negotiations
While communications continue, no further progress has been gained with this project. Selectman Lief intends to plan a meeting before the Christmas Holiday. Selectman Whitney inquires if there is anything expected for the town meeting warrant. Selectman Lief is not sure at this time.

C. Report: Private Property Trespass Issues
At the November Board Meeting, G.C.I. resident Robin Richman requested that the Selectmen further research the private property trespass / gun use laws. Selectman Whitney contacted Maine Municipal Association (M.M.A.) and the local game warden service. It is apparent that there are no trespass issues, with or without firearms, unless the land has been posted by the owner, or requested in writing or verbally for an individual not to use the property in question. There are state laws covering proximity to shooting near residences, reckless conduct with firearms.

D. Status: Comprehensive Plan Progress
No progress has been made on the new comprehensive plan at this time. Eric Dyer and Dan Leif will try to kick off the new year with this project. This is considered a priority. Anyone who would like to volunteer to serve with this endeavor, please contact the selectmen or the town office.

E. Status: GCI Snow Plowing
There is a slight increase over last year for the GCI snowplowing contract. Selectman Whitney informs that Blair Colby is considering moving from the island, but his new contract provides for subcontractors to run the plowing equipment in Mr. Colbys absence. Proof of insurance for private contractor Blair Colby is on file at the town office, and also covers subcontractors.

VII. New Business
A. Report: Emergency Mgt. Training Seminar- Rockport 11/9-11/12

Some Islesford and Great Cranberry residents attended emergency management training in Rockport in November. Selectman Whitney attended the training and reports that the material covered was very good and many of the seminars related to emergencies that could potentially occur on our islands. Costs for the training were covered by Zone 1, GCI Fire Department and the Town of Cranberry Isles. Costs for E.M.T. and First Responder training which took place last spring were covered by the Zone 2, Islesford Fire Department.

B. Citizens Petition: New Ordinance Moratorium
A certified legal petition has been received by the Selectmen asking for a moratorium on all further ordinances until the town can figure out how to enforce the current ordinances effectively. This petition assures that the request will appear as a warrant article at the 2007 annual town meeting. The petition also asks for the warrant article to be placed on the town meeting warrant ahead of any proposed ordinance articles.

C. Citizens Petition: Establish Police Department
A certified legal petition has been received by the Selectmen asking for the establishment of a year round police department, with one or more officers for the Town of Cranberry Isles. This petition assures that the request will appear as a warrant article at the 2007 annual town meeting.

D. Hancock County Planning Commission: USDA Funding Support Letter
A letter has been received by the Selectmen from Tom Martin of the Hancock County Planning Commission. The letter requests a letter of support as the commission seeks another round of USDA funding for solid waste technical assistance.

Dan Lief moves to sign a letter of support for the Hancock County Planning Commission as requested. Phil Whitney seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Aaron Gray. Motion passes.

The letter is signed by the Selectmen at this meeting.

E. Discussion: GCI Gravel Pit Uses Policy
Chris White has submitted a proposal for Great Cranberry Island Gravel Pit Usage. A public meeting was held at the gravel pit on November 10, 2006. Usages in the proposal do not disturb present uses of the property.

Phil Whitney moves to accept the proposal presented by Chris White for recommended uses of GCI Gravel Pit. This is a guide for M.F.C., B.O.S., and the Facilities Supervisor for use of this property. Dan Lief seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Aaron Gray. Motion passes.

F. Report: GCI Telemedicine Visit 11/20
On November 20, 2006, a nurse from the Seacoast Mission, Dr. Ingrisano and Tish Tansky made an informal visit to Great Cranberry Island to provide additional medical attention to Islanders. Approximately sixteen to twenty individuals attended the clinic. It is hoped for Islesford to receive a visit of the same nature in December.

VIII. MFC Report
A. Town Offices

No communication at this time.

B. Roads Maintenance

C. Manset Maintenance
The part for the overhead door at Manset Warehouse building is in, and should be fixed by the end of the year.

D. Manset Business Development
No communication at this time.

E. Parking Administration
No communication at this time.

F. Town Property Inventory / Usage

G. GCI Store / Public Restrooms
No communication at this time.

H. Trash Disposal
No communications at this time.

I. Wharves / Floats / Ramps / Harbors
Regarding the Sutton Island Town Float, discussion took place about whether to leave the float in for the winter season, or to remove it.

Aaron Gray moves to take the Sutton Float out until spring launching. Dan Lief seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Phil Whitney. Motion passes.

Roy Hadlock will be asked to haul the float out for winter storage.

J. Grants
No communication at this time.

K. Leases & Real Estate
No communication at this time.

L. Budget & Warrants
A budget and warrant workshop meeting is scheduled for Saturday. December 09, 2006 at the Town Office at Islesford.

IX. Other Business

X. Audience Communications
No communications at this time.

XI. Executive Session
None requested.

XII. Adjournment-11:12 A.M.
Aaron Gray moves to adjourn the meeting. Dan Lief seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Phil Whitney. Motion passes.

The next regularly scheduled Board of Selectmans Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 09, 2006, 8:30 P.M., at the Islesford Neighborhood House.
Please note: Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

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