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Board of Selectmen Minutes 12/30/09
Town of Buxton
Minutes for December 30, 2009 Selectmen’s Meeting

Prepared by:  Dianne Senechal

Members Present:  Jean C. Harmon, Robert C. Libby, Linda W. Pulsoni and Peter E. W. Burns.  Daniel T. Collomy was absent.

Others Present:  Robert Elwell, Peter Pinkham, Dennis Santolucito, Keith Emery, Mike Grovo and Dave Harmon

Selectmen’s Meeting Agenda – 7:00 p.m.
  • Call to Order
The Meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
Selectmen Meeting Minutes 12/23/09.  Approved 4-0-1 (Selectman Collomy was absent)

  • Discussion held between 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
There will be a blood drive on Wednesday, January 6 at the Town Hall and the public is invited to participate and the employees will be able to participate during work hours.

There was a discussion of sanding the parking lot in front of the Town Office.  The Public Works Department will be sanding the parking lot in the future.

  • Review of Correspondence
  • Email from Maine Health Alert – Re:  H1N1 Update
  • Letter from Barry A. Tibbets, Town Manager Kennebunk and Dwayne Morin, Town Manager North Berwick – Re:  Casella Waste Agreement – Guaranteed Annual Tonnage (GAT) clause
  • Email from Paul Schumacher, Executive Director, So. Maine Regional Planning Commission – Re:  Minutes from 12/10/09 Meeting and copy of correspondence sent to DOT Commissioner Cole.
  • Review of Projects and Issues
Selectman Libby has been handling 801 business forms and phone calls.

Selectman Pulsoni stated that the ‘Maine Townsman’ has an article about cuts from the State and budget cutting is a reality for towns.  She also cautioned the public to have patience during the snow storm that is predicted.

Selectman Harmon read a note from the Buxton Garden Club regarding the $500 donation to Keep The Heat On from the Festival of Trees event that took place earlier this month.  Approximately $1,200 has been received in donations to the fund this month.

Selectman Harmon also reported on the sand situation the Keith Emery questioned a few weeks earlier.  It appears that the School Department is taking sand from Buxton to sand the Hollis schools.  The Public Works Director will be working with the School Department to get a print out of the amount of sand that has been used

  • Old Business
Public Works Garage -- Floor Sealing – on hold until spring
Repair Church Hill Salt Shed -- on hold until spring

Installation of Plexiglas in Front Office – Waiting for estimate from contractor

Update on Fuel Service Switch --  Waiting for quotes from companies

Antenna at Buxton Center – Chief Grovo met with Maine Radio and they will be getting together after the first of the year for rough estimates and to finalize what needs to be done.

Internal Control Document – Selectmen will need to hold a workshop

Designated Smoking Areas – Waiting for Department Heads to get back to Selectmen with information.

  • New Business
A Special Town Meeting will be held on January 6 at 7:00 p.m.  $22,000 will be requested to repair the ladder truck and $2,538.01 to reconcile the Hazardous Waste Account.

  • Executive Orders
E.O.091012023 – An order to approve 8 hours of vacation time for Tashia Geaumont.  Approved 4-0-1.

  • Executive Orders by Initiative

  • Accounts Payable and Payroll Warrants
E.O.091012021 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Accounts Payable Warrant #27-10.  Approved 4-0-1.

E.O.091012022 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Payroll Warrant
#27-10.  Approved 4-0-1.

  • Next Meeting of the Board
School District Meeting Monday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Special Town Meeting Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
Selectmen’s Meeting Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:15 p.m.

  • Other Business
The Town Office will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2010 to observe New Year’s Day.

The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive at the Buxton Town Hall on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

There will be a Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, January 9th from 9:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Andy’s Agway in Dayton.  The cost is $10

  • Public Comments and Questions
Mike Grovo stated that approximately two weeks ago Hannaford approached him and asked for a special detail of an officer walking around the store by the pharmacy area.  Most all of Hannaford’s stores are doing this.  Hannaford is picking up the bill for the officer and the cruiser.

Chief Grovo stated that he has been in contact with the York County EMA regarding the upcoming storm.  There are some high tides predicted and the exact amount of snow and the track of the storm is still unsure.  

Robert Elwell stated that he felt that it was nice that Hannaford offered to reimburse the Town for the use of the officers.

Robert wanted to know if the Visiting Nurses were going to have another flu clinic at the Town Hall.  The Town will look into it to see.

Robert wanted to know if the contractor was responsible for injury in front of the building.  The Town would be responsible for any injury due to a fall in front of the building.

Robert wanted to know if the DOT letter mentioned the rebuild of Route 112.  Selectman Harmon stated it did not.

Robert wanted to know how much it cost to light the Little League building as the lights are on all night.  Selectman Harmon stated it was a safety issue.

Robert stated he did not like the idea of Buxton supporting Hollis for sand.

Robert asked who the local dealer was that supplied fuel to the Town.  Selectman Harmon stated Dodge Oil is the current supplier.

Robert asked what the Internal Control Document was.  Selectman Harmon stated that the Internal Control Document was a set of rules of how functions would be handled.

Richard requested the amount spend for Hazardous Waste Day.  The amount budgeted was $11,000.  $13,538.01 was spent.  The Town is reimbursed one-half of the amount spent.

Dennis Santolucito said that he would rather have an increase in taxes to vote on locally rather than a sales tax increase as the municipality would not benefit as much from a sales tax increase.

Dianne Senechal thanked all donors that have given in the last 45 days to the Keep The Heat On fund.  The Town’s website has been updated with information about census jobs that are available locally and Dianne read the item that has been placed on the website.
  • Executive Session

  • Adjournment
Motion made and seconded to adjourn the Meeting at 7:50 p.m.  Approved 4-0-1.

Town of Buxton
  185 Portland Road, Buxton, ME 04093 (207) 929-5191
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