Town of Buxton
Minutes for August 26, 2009 Selectmen’s Meeting
Prepared by: Dianne Senechal
Members Present: Jean C. Harmon, Daniel T. Collomy, Robert C. Libby, Linda W. Pulsoni and Peter E. W. Burns.
Others Present: Dave Harmon, Don Marean, Mike Grovo, Lori & Steve Anthony, Robert Elwell, Hiram Davis, Olive Collomy, Larry Miller, Tom Joyce and Hilda Lynch
The Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes August 19, 2009. Approved 5-0.
- Discussion held between 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Executive Session per 1MRSA 405 6(A) for performance evaluation – out of Executive Session at 6:24 p.m.
- Press Release from Paul B. Schlein, Maine Board of Pesticides Control – Re: Maine board of Pesticides Control offering free disposal of banned, unusable pesticides
- Review of Projects and Issues
Selectman Libby reported that he is working on valuations for taxes for September 15.
Selectman Collomy reported that he made a canopy for the transformer at the Public Works Garage.
Selectman Harmon reported that the Selectmen will be meeting with Deluca & Hoffman, the contractor and the engineers regarding the water issue at the Public Works Garage. The Selectmen will be meeting with the Public Works Director to review applications for the open Public Works position.
E.O.091008019 – An order to approve a Supplemental Tax Warrant and Certificate for tax year 2008 in the amount of $1,143.45 for [Map 2, Lot 97]. Approved 5-0.
- Executive Orders by Initiative
E.O.091008020 – An order to authorize the Board Chair to sign a Release negotiated by the Town’s insurance company. Approved 5-0.
- Accounts Payable and Payroll Warrants
E.O.091008017 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Accounts Payable Warrant #09-10. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091008018 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Payroll Warrant
#09-10. Approved 5-0.
- Next Meeting of the Board
Meeting Friday, September 28, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. with Selectmen and contractors at the
Public Works Garage
Charter Commission Meeting Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Selectmen Meeting Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. to review applications for
Public Works position
Selectmen’s Meeting Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Maine State Government offices closed September 4th
York County Community Action is accepting applications for heat assistance for Buxton residents through the LiHeap Program. To make an appointment call 1-800-965-5762 and leave your name and phone number.
- Public Comments and Questions
Suzanne Lukas and Diane Gonya gave a presentation for the need to renovate and expand the Hollis Elementary School. The proposal will cost approximately 12.9 million dollars and will be completed with no State financial aid. The cost will be distributed between all the Towns that compose the SAD6 School District. Several good questions were asked.
Robert Elwell asked about the pesticides that would be taken at the free disposal. The notice will be posted at the Town Office and on the Town’s website.
Robert asked about the insurance release that was approved as an Executive Order. Selectman Harmon responded that it was a claim that was brought against the Town that was negotiated by the Town’s insurance carrier.
Robert wanted to know if the Town Offices would be closed on September 4 when the State Offices would be closed. No the Town will not be closed.
Robert stated that he was disappointed in the School vote which would be separate again from regular voting and he was against it.
Chief Grovo reminded everyone that school is opening on Monday and his Department will have additional officers on duty and signs will be posted indicating school is open. He reminded everyone to obey the speed limit.
Chief Grovo stated that the Tower that was at the Buxton Center site is 78 feet tall and the other tower is 85 feet.
Hiram Davis stated that he was disappointed to hear Superintendent Lukas state at the 8/3/09 School Board Meeting it was silly to have an Article 1 electing a Moderator. Hiram reiterated the reasoning for a Moderator. Superintendent Lukas apologized for her actions as she had not intended to be disrespectful of the matter.
Steve Anthony questioned the $12,500 that was allocated during the 2008-2009 fiscal year for towers that was not used. He indicated that the Town should be looking at the new cell tower on Route 22.
Steve wanted to know if the Selectmen had any say in when the Town’s Meetings were aired at the Saco River Cable. Steve wanted to see them aired more often.
Steve would like the Selectmen to look into the franchise fees that residents pay for cable and have it reduced from 5% to 3% as the elderly cannot pay that amount.
Motion made and seconded to adjourn the Meeting at 8:40 p.m. Approved 5-0.