Town of Cranberry Isles
Board of Selectmen's Meeting
5 June 2007
Islesford Neighborhood House


Dan Lief, Chairman, BOS Malcolm Donald, MAC Phil Whitney
Aaron Gray, BOS Eve Harrison, MAC Karin Whitney
Denise McCormick, Town Clerk Jason Pickering, MAC Richard Beal
Bill McGuinness, Island Institute Cynthia Lief Sally Rowan
Nan Hadlock, Deputy Clerk Skip Stevens  
Eric Dyer Bruce Komusin  

I. Call to Order: 9:45 A.M. by Chairman Dan Lief.

II. Review / Approval 05/02/07 Minutes
Aaron Gray moves to accept the Meeting Minutes for the 05/02/07 Board of Selectmen's Meeting as written. Dan Lief seconds the motion. Motion passes.

III. Review / Signing Financial Warrants

Warrant #23:$ 4432.50
Warrant #24:$ 4610.89
Warrant #25:$ 30621.12
Warrant #26:$ 131159.42
Warrant #27:$ 12000.00
Total:$ 182823.93

All warrants were signed by the Selectmen.

IV. Communications
A. Letter from Department of Education

Commissioner of Education Susan Gendron has sent the Board of Selectmen a thank you response letter for forwarding a copy of "A Position in Support of Our Schools." The school consolidation plan is still being decided by our legislature at this time. The Cranberry Isles School Board and all of Union 98 are following the process closely and will continue to work for the best interest of our schools in Maine.

V. Old Business
A. Deterioration of TCI Dock, communication from Steve Ruell

Steve Ruell of Kleinschmidt Associates has been contacted in reference to the deterioration of the dock extension at Great Cranberry Island Town Dock. The recommendation is to replace the deck panels that have corroded. The deterioration was noticed in 2003 by Kleinschmidt during requested engineering inspection, and according to Mr. Ruell it appears that the visible deterioration is progressing at a rapid rate.

A sign was placed at the GCI Dock directing users to not drive onto the dock extension. It is reported that the extension is still being driven on. The sign will be updated with the word DANGER or CAUTION until the repairs can be taken care of.

Selectman Lief discusses the priorities of the situation:
1) Is it safe?
2) Estimate to fix
3) Responsibility

Dan Lief will meet with the Eric Dyer this week to discuss the dock deterioration and the steps to take further. The town office employees will try to find the specs for the original building of the dock extension.

B. PUC Letter
Selectman Lief wrote a letter to the Public Utilities Commission (P.U.C.)in reference to the problems with electrical service at Cranberry Isles. Bangor Hydros Scott Richards has been in contact with the town office and a planned power outage occurred on May 22, 07, when some repair work to our cable was performed. Richard Beal of GCI has also been working closely with the Selectmen and Bangor Hydro. The long term fix would be the replacement of the existing cable from GCI to Islesford. Bangor Hydro must respond to the letter to the P.U.C. from our Selectmen. There also appears to be a need for some tree cutting and maintenance work along our electrical lines on both GCI and Islesford. Eric Dyer will contact Bangor Hydro about tree maintenance for the islands.

C. SHIP Grant project bid process update
No bids have been received from local contractors for construction and installation of finger floats and a gangway. The gangway intended for GCI is considered a priority. Eric Dyer will follow through with ordering the gangway.

VI. New Business
A. 2007 Tax commitment letter

Per annual Town Meeting, March 12, 2007 and Special Town Meeting, May 9, 2007, these funds are to be raised from Real Estate Taxes for the 2007 Calendar Year:

Town Operations Budget:$979,861.00
Hancock County Tax:82,000.00
School Budget:394,413.00
Less Appropriations from
Grants and General Fund:

The Board of Selectmen signs the 2007 Tax Commitment Letter.

B. ME/DOT Registration refund allotment-signatures
Maine Department of Transportation Registration Refund Allotments, otherwise known as Island Towns Refund, for fiscal year 2006 is $4,346.25 for Town of Cranberry Isles. Funds received will be expended for maintenance and improvements of public highways.

Dan Lief moves to sign the certification in order to receive the MDOT allotment. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

C. Department of Conservation notice, submerged lands application for Fishermans Co-op
The Town of Cranberry Isles has received a submerged lands application for Cranberry Isles Fishermans Co-op regarding their wharf, ramps and floats on publicly-owned submerged lands below mean low water in Hadlock Cove, Cranberry Isles., and (Islesford). A 30-day public comment period for this application has been established by posting the notice which ends on June 06, 2007. Copies can also be obtained at the town office.

D. Review / Signing Facilities Supervisor contract
Eric Dyer is appointed on an interim basis as Facilities Supervisor. Mr. Dyer has been involved as Island Institute Fellow in many town projects. His experience and education fit in nicely with the position. Mr. Dyer has given notice to the Island Institute. The Island Institute Fellow is an important factor from the town government perspective.

It is expected that in January or February of 2008, the Selectmen will begin the search for a permanent candidate for the Facilities Supervisor position who can be trained during the spring season when business is slower.

Dan Lief moves to appoint Eric Dyer as Facilities Supervisor for the town on an interim basis for one year at $20.00 per hour, with a cap at $36,000.00 per year. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

E. Review Special Town Meeting and RedZone contract
A contract for high speed internet service with RedZone is reviewed at this meeting, There is no need to borrow money from the Island Institute for the start up costs, as RedZone has signed a contract with the Town of Mount Desert, and the gateway will come from Northeast Harbor. A resident from Islesford has authorized the node on his property for Islesford. Cost for the contract is estimated at twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00). Ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) has been authorized by Cranberry Isles voters at the Special Town Meeting on May 09, 2007. Selectmen intend to spend the additional two thousand dollars ($2000.00) needed from the Selectmens Contingency Fund.

Estimated costs for users are $100.00 start up fee, with $40.00 per month for the service. For part time residents, there is a $100.00 start up fee, and $20.00 per month year round, with an additional $20.00 per month for months of use.

Aaron Gray moves to sign the RedZone contract. Dan Lief seconds the motion. Motion passes.

VII. Appointments
A. Constable GCI

Dan Lief moves to appoint Richard Beal as constable for Cranberry Isles. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

B. Road Commissioner
Dan Lief moves to appoint Richard Beal as Road Commissioner for Cranberry Isles. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

C. Shellfish Warden
Dan Lief moves to appoint Deb Wedge as Shellfish Warden for Great Cranberry Island.

It is brought to the Boards attention that the position of shellfish warden requires a valid drivers license. The Selectmen will follow up on this through the town office. This appointment is tabled at this time.

Dan Lief moves to appoint Cory Alley as Shellfish Warden for Islesford. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

D. Animal Control Officer
Dan Lief moves to appoint Deb Wedge as Animal Control Officer,.

It is brought to the Boards attention that the position of animal control officer requires a valid drivers license. The Selectmen will also follow up on this appointment and the appointment is tabled at this time.

VIII. Other Business

IX. Audience Communications

X. Executive Session
None Requested.

XI. Adjournment: 10:50 A.M.
Dan Lief moves to adjourn the meeting. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.

The next regularly scheduled Board of Selectmens Meeting is planned for July 03, 2007 at Great Cranberry Island.

Please note: The public is encouraged to attend.

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