Town of Buxton
Minutes for October 14, 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: Tom Kennie, Peter Pinkham, Rob Hunt, Lori & Steve Anthony, Mike Grovo, Keith Emery and Dave Harmon.
Public Hearing 7:00 p.m.-- General Assistance
Amendments to General Assistance Ordinance (Appendixes A, B & C)
Chairman Harmon opened the Public Hearing at 7:01 p.m. by reading the Notice of Public Hearing. The Hearing was turned over to Dianne Senechal, Welfare Director. Dianne outlined the purpose of each Appendix (A, B & C) and provided the range of increase for each Appendix.
There were no questions from the public or the Selectmen and the Hearing closed at 7:09 p.m.
The Meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.
- Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
Selectmen Meeting Minutes October 7, 2009. Approved 5-0.
- Discussion held between 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – David Pinkham discussed the light fixture at the sand shed. He is also looking at an industrial drill press at an auction at Beech Ridge. He has also received a quote on a generator for the fuel canopy and it was higher than the last one.
- Email from Jim Libby – Re: Gorham East-West Corridor Study Commission
- Email from Sharon Leahy-Lind – Re: Update on H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
- Memorandum from Rick McCarthy, Maine Tomorrow – Re: Summary of County Priorities reached by York County Delegation
- Email from Paul Schumacher, So. Maine Regional Planning Commission – Re: Next Meeting of York County Advocacy Group is scheduled for Thursday, October 22 in Springvale
- Memorandum from John J. Sylvester, Chair, Twelve Town Group – Re: Next Meeting scheduled for October 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterboro Town Hall
- Review of Projects and Issues
Selectman Libby reported that he has been working on Abatements and Supplements.
Selectman Collomy reported that there is an issue with the stop line at the Tory Hill intersection. The line is too far forward. Selectman Collomy is concerned that no one has showed up to continue working on the grinding at the Public Works Garage.
Selectman Burns reported that he attended the Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting the night before and only two members showed up. The Meeting has been scheduled to Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Selectman Pulsoni reminded the public that the Rescue Subscription forms are ready to be completed for another year. She also reminded the public that there is a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, December 5 from 1:00 - 3:00 at the Public Works Garage. It is cash only.
Selectman Harmon stated that there is still a visibility issue at the Turkey Lane intersection and she is trying to contact the DOT. Selectman Harmon is also concerned about the progress on the repair of the Public Works Garage.
E.O.091010010 – An order to approve an Abatement for Real Estate taxes for fiscal year 2009/10 in the amount of $296.01 for [Map 7, Lot 26-3]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010011 – An order to approve an Abatement for Real Estate taxes for fiscal year 2009/10 in the amount of $7.92 for [Map 3, Lot 1-3]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010012 – An order to approve an Abatement for Real Estate taxes for fiscal year 2009/10 in the amount of $276.21 for [Map 7, Lot 64]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010013 – An order to approve an Abatement for Real Estate taxes for fiscal year 2009/10 in the amount of $208.89 for [Map 1A, Lot 104-B]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010014 – An order to approve an Abatement for Personal Property for fiscal year 2009/10 in the amount of $29.70 for Case No. 15559. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010015 – An order to approve an Abatement for Real Estate taxes for fiscal year 2009/10 in the amount of $225.72 for [Map 1, Lot 188E]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010016 – An order to approve a Supplemental Tax Warrant and Certificate for tax year 2009 in the amount of $708.84 for [Map 1, Lot 188E]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010017 – An order to approve an Application for Veteran Exemption for
[Map 8, Lot 31-2]. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010018 – An order to approve Tashia Geaumont’s attendance to the New England Association for Health conference. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010019 – An order to approve a Pole Permit for Central Maine Power Company and Pine Tree Networks to construct and maintain a new pole on Towle Street 156 feet from existing pole #15. Approved 5-0.
- Executive Orders by Initiative
E.O.091010020 – The Municipality of Buxton adopts the MMA Model Ordinance GA Appendices (A, B & C) for the period of Oct. 1, 2009 – Oct. 1, 2010. Approved 5-0.
- Accounts Payable and Payroll Warrants
E.O.091010008 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Accounts Payable Warrant #16-10. Approved 5-0.
E.O.091010009 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Payroll Warrant
#16-10. Approved 5-0.
- Next Meeting of the Board
Twelve Town Meeting Monday, October 19. 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in Waterboro
Selectmen’s Meeting Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Charter Commission Meeting Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Absentee ballot applications are available at the Town Hall. Absentee ballots can be picked up at the Town Hall or phone or on line at the following address: http://www.maine.gov:80/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl. Absentee ballots can also be mailed out at the request of the voter by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 929-6171.
York County Community Action is taking applications for fuel assistance through the LiHeap Program. Applicants must pay their own heat and not live in subsidized housing. To make an appointment, call 1-800-965-5762.
The Visiting Nurses will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic at the Buxton Town Office on Friday, October 23 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $30.
There will be a Harvest Supper on Saturday, October 17 at the Pythian Sisters Hall to benefit the Buxton Food Co-op at 4:30 P.M. The price is $7 for adults.
Selectman Burns reported that 264 Absentee Ballots have been received. Ballots are available at the Town Office.
- Public Comments and Questions
Peter Pinkham wanted the actual Rescue Subscription form mailed to all individuals who had signed up the prior year rather than a post card sent out. He would like the practice changed.
Steve Anthony asked what the piece of equipment was that Public Works wanted to purchase. He was informed that it was a commercial drill press. Steve wanted to know how they were going to make sure the equipment worked.
Steve Anthony stated that he would like to see some affirmative action taken to reduce expenditures as the State is cutting and all the communities around our Town are reducing expenditures. He does not think the Town should wait to see if the Excise Tax question or Tabor passes before they have an action plan in place. Steve was reminded by the Board of Selectmen that the current budget has been approved by the voters and there is no reason at this time to reduce it.
Steve asked the Board members if they had the authority to reduce the number of hours of the work week or the hours of the Transfer Station. The Board replied they did have the authority. Steve stated that he had several ideas on how to cut the budget. Selectman Libby stated that if Steve had ideas on where to cut the budget to please let the Board know. Selectman Libby reported that the Town had 2.1M in surplus and it is constant each year and the Town is in good financial shape.
Steve stated that the grinding of the Public Works garage is a topic that is not going away. Steve reminded the Selectmen that he was against the last payment going out.
Rob Hunt stated that he had read the Excise Tax article in the paper that quoted Selectman Libby. It was a good article and stated the facts. Representative Hunt reported that the Legislative Council was meeting tomorrow (10/15) to look at all the bills that had been submitted. The Legislature starts in January and this session will be a Special Session for emergency legislation only.
A member of the audience named ‘Dan’ went to the podium to discuss mandatory vaccinations and asked Representative Hunt how he felt about it. Representative Hunt stated that he would have to hear both sides of the issue before he made up his mind.
The Board went into an Executive Session at 8:10 p.m. per 1 M.R.S.A. Section 405(6)(A).
Motion made and seconded to adjourn the Meeting at 7:30 p.m. Approved 5-0.