|Dan Lief, BOS Chairman||Eve Harrison, MAC|
|Aaron Gray, BOS||Phil Whitney|
|Denise McCormick, Town Clerk||Karin Whitney|
|Eric Dyer, Facilities Supervisor||Richard Beal|
|Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk|
I. Call to Order: 8:30 A.M. by Chairman Dan Lief.
II. Review / Approval 09/04/07 Minutes
Aaron Gray moves to accept the Board of Selectmens Meeting Minutes for September 04, 2007 as written. Dan Lief seconds the motion. Motion passes.
III. Review / Approval Financial Warrants
|Warrant #42:||$ 5231.43|
|Warrant #43:||$ 4737.92|
|Warrant #44:||$ 25460.00|
|Warrant #45:||$ 4584.31|
|Warrant #46:||$ 219541.08||(originally submitted as $223041.08)*|
* The Selectmen chose not to pay for a roads survey from S.W. Cole ($3500.00) that was originally submitted as part of warrant #46.
A. Letter of Resignation, Hal Newell
The Board of Selectmen has received a September 25, 2007 letter of resignation from Selectman Hal Newell due to medical conditions. The Board accepts with regret the resignation of Mr. Newell, and thanks him for his efforts as Selectman.
The Town Clerk has contacted Maine Municipal Association for advice on how to proceed with the vacancy. The remaining Selectmen may, but are not required to hold an election to fill the vacancy. If the vacancy were to remain until the next annual town meeting, the remaining Selectmen would have to always attend Board Meetings, and agree on all decisions. With a three member board, there are only two members left when a vacancy occurs, with no way of breaking a tie vote if the two disagreed on an issue(s). A special town meeting is planned for November 15, 2007, in reference to the new municipal garage building for Islesford. Two public hearings are to be held, one on Great Cranberry and one on Islesford in early November to discuss the proposals for the new building. The vacant position on the Board of Selectmen will also be included on the warrant for the special town meeting. The Town Clerk is asked to please put a notice on the two town websites, notifying residents that there will be a special town meeting held on Great Cranberry Island on November 15, 2007. It is suggested that the meeting be held in the afternoon, so that people who work during the day might attend. Transportation will be scheduled from Islesford and back for the meeting.
The November Board of Selectmens Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 01, 2007 at Great Cranberry. This change of date is necessary as elections will take place on the first Tuesday of the month, November 06, 2007.
B. Annual Donation Thank-You Letters
The Town of Cranberry Isles has received five thank you letters from the following for 2007 donations:
C. Letter from Deborah Wedge
A letter was received by the Selectmen from Resident Deborah Wedge. The Selectmen acknowledge receiving the letter, but chose not to read it at todays Board Meeting. The letter is on file at the town office for public record.
D. Letter for Tony Guinta
The Selectmen have received a letter from town counsel Tony Guinta in reference to his current medical status. Mr. Guinta has added an assistant to his firm, Valerie Chiasson who will be helping him as his medical treatment continues. Mr. Guinta still intends to continue his practice and wishes to continue representing the Town of Cranberry Isles. The Board of Selectmen wishes Tony well.
V. Old Business
A. Selection of Town Attorney
The Board of Selectmen has not made a decision at this time to seek new counsel. Research will continue on this issue, but at this time the Town will continue to use the services of Attorney Guinta. Occasionally the Board will utilize alternate counsel, depending on the situation. Ed Bearor of Rudman and Winchell has also been utilized by the Board as with the Gray Enterprises contract and the Redzone contract.
B. GCI Dock Repairs
Kleinschmidt Associates suggests that the GCI Dock should be repaired in the next two to three years. The Facilities Supervisor is still waiting for official reports from Prock Marine. A Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) Grant application has been filed for the repair job. The Town should know sometime in December if the application is approved. The amount requested in the application is for $198,000.00, with 70% to come from the state, and 30% to come from matching funds from the Town. A copy of the SHIP application is on file at the town office for public viewing.
The Selectmen wish to thank all individuals for their hard work preparing the application.
Selectman Lief would like to see the Facilities Supervisor get to a point of being able to make a sound recommendation on what course to take with the repairs, before public hearings are held or asking the voters for funds. Mr. Lief feels the project needs more time to hear experts and to receive written reports.
Selectmen Lief reports that in the next two weeks an important study is coming up to look at town debt levels, caps on debts, etc.
Older GCI Dock files from 1985 and 1987 have recently been located and turned over to the town office by Richard Beal.
C. LCI Transfer Station, Letter
The Selectmen sign a letter to Ed Gray of Gray Enterprises as a commitment by the Town to accept all financial responsibilities associated with the installation project for the Islesford Transfer Station. It is Ed Grays responsibility to coordinate the construction of a concrete slab and installation of a compactor assembly on Little Cranberry Island. An amended management contract and new lease agreement will be completed prior to the opening of the facility. The Town is entitled to reasonable oversight of the installation project. It is expected that within the next week of two, contractors will begin work on the slab and electrical hook-up.
D. Municipal Garage Building
Public Hearings are to be held on GCI and Islesford sometime near November 08, 2007 to present cost estimates, sketches, floor plans, etc. for two designs which are being considered for the municipal garage building on Islesford. Plans are to integrate some environmentally friendly practices and materials as part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.) process. Jason Pickering has been hired as consultant by the Town to do plans, with a cap set by the Selectmen to spend up to $3000.00 for his services.
A question from Eve Harrison is whether the proposed building will be facing the Main road or not. Ms. Harrison feels that if the building were to face the road, that the fire trucks may not be able to make a turn out of the building. Also, Harvey Bunker may have a prescriptive easement over the town property to haul boats to his abutting property. Selectman Lief asks the Facilities Supervisor to speak with Harvey Bunker and also Cory Alley with the objective being to find a solution that works for all.
It is reiterated that at a special town meeting funds cannot be raised, but voters can be asked to borrow funds. Funds can only be raised until taxes are committed for the year.
E. Manset Seawall
So far there appear to be three options for repairing the deterioration of the seawall at our Manset Property. An estimate from Prock Marine is still expected but not yet received.
The Facilities Supervisor recommends repair of defects and restacking. The deterioration of the wall is out of the Town of Southwest Harbors right of way. The TCI Harbor Committee discussed this matter at their October 03, 2007 meeting. Jen Litteral of the Island Institute is looking into if Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) grants might still be available for the storm damage. The Board of Selectmen needs details and funding recommendations for the repairs. The Town Treasurer will investigate the funds that are available for the Manset Property.
F. Water Resources
Last week all three C.I.R.T. houses were water tested at $70.00 per unit. The tests have been sent to the state lab for results.
The water resources survey for the town is almost complete and will be mailed, pending postage funds available.
G. Public Interest Telelphones
Wiring and conduit for the Islesford public interest payphone has been installed from the Co-op dock to the Town dock. Verizon will be coming out to hook up the wiring for installation of the phone itself. Great Cranberry is waiting for installation of the phone. Both will be installed at the town docks.
H. ATVs on Public Ways
Due to recent law changes with Home Rule Authority, the Municipal Officers may designate access on public ways for all terrain vehicle use. At todays meeting, the Board of Selectmen sign a document, pursuant to the authority granted by Title 12, MRSA §13157-A, sub-§6, ¶ H, establishing the following public roads and ways to be accessible for All Terrain Vehicle use.
|Great Cranberry Island:||Islesford:|
|Cranberry Road||Main Street|
|Harding Point Road||Wharf Street|
|Heliker Road||Co-op Drive|
|Jimmy's Point Road||Maple Avenue|
|The Lane||Hadlock Street|
|Dog Point Road||Sand Beach Road|
|Elwood Spurling Road||Cross Road|
|North Woods Road|
All provisions of Title 13157-A, Operation of All Terrain Vehicles, are applicable.
The Board of Selectmen further notifies the inhabitants of the Cranberry Isles that in making these vehicle road access designations that:
Copies of State of Maine All Terrain Vehicles 2007 Laws & Rules may be obtained at the town office. Copies of the Designation of All Terrain Vehicles Access on the Public Ways of Cranberry Isles, Maine may also be obtained at the town office.
I. School Consolidation
The Selectmen request that the Deputy Clerk contact Kate Chaplin from the TCI School Board and ask for a report at Novembers Selectmens Meeting on school consolidation.
VI. New Business
A. Sutton Island Float
The Facilities Supervisor has received a telephone request from GCI Resident Rodney Wimer asking that the Sutton Island Float be left in for the winter season. The Selectmen are concerned about liability issues that may arise with icy conditions on the float, with no one around to take care of it. Selectman Lief requests that the Board hear from the Sutton Island Residents who are requiring work done by Mr. Wimer in writing for further consideration of the request.
B. Wimer Lease
Selectman Lief chooses to not discuss the Wimer Lease at todays meeting.
C. Septic Sludge Removal Contract
The Board of Selectmen signs a contract with Haslam Septic Service of Lamoine, Maine for the disposal of septic sludge generated within the borders of the Town of Cranberry Isles. The cost of the contract is $380.00 from July 01, 2007 until June 30, 2008.
D. General Assistance Ordinance
The Board of Selectmen signs a general assistance ordinance for the period of October 01, 2007- October 01, 2008. The ordinance is available at the town office as public record.
E. S.W. Cole Agreement
The Selectmen desire an up-to-date professional opinion and analysis of what we have for road conditions now and what road repairs may be needed in the future. Initially it was suggested that an updated Pavement Management Plan from S.W. Cole would be developed. The last plan was completed by S.W. Cole dated January 11, 2005. S.W. Cole services for this updated plan would be $3500.00. Upon recommendation from the Municipal Advisory Commission, the Selectmen have decided not to sign the agreement with S.W. Cole at this time for an updated plan. It is recommended that the town might work with the the Department of Transportations Local Roads Center on an updated plan. Selectmen Lief requests that for future studies done on behalf of the Town, to define up front what the study needs to accomplish for the Town, and to look at former reports and choose what we liked about the report, and what we did not like. Warrant # 46 signed earlier in the meeting is re-signed by the Selectmen to reflect the subtraction of $3500.00 for the S.W. Cole Report.
F. HCPC Letters of Support
The Board of Selectmen signs a letter of support for the Hancock County Planning Commission who is seeking two USDA grants for the upcoming fiscal year. The first grant is for solid waste and recycling technical assistance, and the second is for a water and wastewater technical assistance and training grant.
G. Brush Disposal
A letter has been received by the TCI Board of Selectmen from the Facilities Supervisor as a public reminder of relevant policies dealing with slash disposal within the shoreland zone. According to the Land Use and Shorelands Ordinance of the Town of Cranberry Isles, "No accumulation of slash shall be left within fifty (50) feet of the normal high water line of a water body. In all other areas slash shall either be removed or disposed of in such manner that it lies on the ground and no part therefore extends more than four (4) feet above ground. Any debris that falls below the normal high-water line of a water body shall be removed."
Further concerns stated in the letter are fire danger and erosion. Slash piles left in the public right of ways can block access to the shoreland. Burning requires permission from the Fire Warden beforehand.
The Selectmen discussed the fact that our State appointed Fire Warden is not currently residing on the Island and maybe another individual should be recommended for the position.
H. Conference Request
Facilities Supervisor Eric Dyer has submitted a written request for permission to attend two professional development conferences, October 26-27 for the Northern New England American Planning Association, and October 30 for the Maine Affordable Housing Conference. Mr. Dyer is asking that the Town cover conference fees, while he will pay for lodging and transportation.
Dan Lief moves to have Eric Dyer attend the conferences and approves $350.00 for costs. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.
I. Special Town Meeting & Warrants
Eve Harrison requests time at the special town meeting to be held in November to discuss the Town Field for Islesford. Some ideas are to grade and till the field to make it smoother, and gravel for parking. The Dudmans are also reported to be interested in having their half of the field improved as well at their cost. It is possible to ask the moderator for a motion to approve recess for the next fifteen minutes for discussion of the Town Field.
Other articles that may be expected on the special town meeting warrant are the election of a Selectman to finish the term of Hal Newell, the Islesford Town Garage Building, the sale of liquor for off-premise consumption which was generated by a citizens petition, and request for minor word changing to the Harbor Ordinance.
VII. Other Business
Thank you to all the committees and positions that have submitted your requested quarterly reports to the Selectmen.
VIII. Audience Communications
No communications at this time.
IX. Adjournment: 10:55 A.M.
Dan Lief moves to adjourn the meeting. Aaron Gray seconds the motion. Motion passes.