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Board of Selectmen Minutes 06/12/2013
Town of Buxton
Minutes for June 12, 2013 Selectmen’s Meeting

Prepared by:  Beverly Gammon

Members Present:  Dianne M. Senechal, Clifford L. Emery, Robert C. Libby, Jean C. Harmon, Penny J. Booker

Others Present:  David Harmon, Peter Burns, Jack Hanna, Michael Grovo

Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes

  • Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM.

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes
Selectmen Meeting Minutes for May 29, 2013
Approved 4-0-1

Selectmen Meeting Minutes for June 5, 2013
Approved 3-0-2

  • Discussion held between 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
At 4:56 PM, the Board went into Executive Session pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. 405 6 D.  The Board came out of Executive Session at 6:10 PM.

The Selectmen discussed the Stackpole Bridge closing in Saco, Lord Road, and had a brief discussion about Town Meeting this Saturday.

  • Review of Correspondence
  • Email from John Myers, our Town Clerk – Re:  Election Results for Buxton
  • Weekly Legislative Bulletin from Maine Municipal Association
  • Email from Representative Don Marean – Re: Final Revenue Sharing
  • Email from Patrick Bonsant, Saco River Comm. TV – Re:  Live Stream Annual Town Meeting Saturday, June 15, 2013

  • Review of Projects and Issues
Selectman Libby talked about the Board meeting with Ron Smith, our auditor.  He also reported that he has been going over the Warrant Articles for Saturday, adding things up to see how that will affect tax rates, and he said the Board has been discussing the police union contract.

Selectman Harmon reported that there have been meetings this week and there will be meetings next week to negotiate the police union contract.  She was here briefly for the meeting with the auditor last week and has been gearing up for Town Meeting.

Selectman Emery was not able to get in much last week but spent time in the evenings going over material for Town Meeting.  On Monday night he attended a Twelve Town Group Meeting in Waterboro.  He talked about some of the issues they discussed including a lengthy discussion that they had about what other towns are doing with cemeteries where the people who have taken care of them in the past are now getting older and want the town to take them over.

Selectman Emery was here all day Tuesday for the vote and he thanked everyone who came out to vote.  

Selectman Booker reported that she went over to look at the playground at Town Farm Park and she said it is really nice.  She went on to thank Mike Robinson and Diane Longley for coming in on short notice to put artifacts from Pleasant Point Park in the cases we have in the front lobby so it would be ready before voting day.  She said that is not all of the artifacts but they did get a lot of them in there.  Selectman Booker said she has been reviewing contracts and going to the same meetings the others talked about attending.

Selectman Senechal also attended the meetings.  She said she talked with some people who came in to ask questions when they came to vote and said she passed a couple of things along to our Tax Collector to find the answers.

  • Old Business
Personnel Policy
The Safety Training Plan

  • New Business
Selectman Emery talked to the Assessor in Dayton about an issue the town is dealing with Florida Power & Light on.  He wants to set up a meeting in a couple of weeks for the Dayton Selectmen to meet with this Board and our assessors to go over the issues that need to be discussed.  He wants to keep this item on the agenda under “Old Business” as a reminder.  After Town Meeting is over they will make that all come together.

  • Executive Orders
E.O. 121306006 – An order to approve 10.5 hours of vacation time for Thomas Kennie
Approved 5-0

E.O. 121306007 – An order to approve 4 hours of vacation time for Charisse Keach
Approved 5-0

E.O. 121306008 – An order to approve 12 hours of vacation time for Fred Farnham
Approved 5-0

E.O. 121306009 – An order to approve an Application for Veteran Exemption for [Map 2, Lot 61C]
Approved 5-0

  • Executive Orders by Initiative

  • Accounts Payable and Payroll Warrants
E.O. 121306004 – An order approving expenditures as documented in Accounts Payable Warrant #107
Approved 5-0
E.O. 121306005– An order approving expenditures as documented in Payroll Warrant #106
Approved 5-0

  • Next Meeting of the Board
Board of Selectmen Meeting Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at 7:00 PM
Annual Town Meeting Saturday, June 15, 2013, starting at 9:00 AM

The Boy Scouts will provide lunch again this year.

  • Other Business
Selectman Emery said the pins have been put in where the Board would like the property lines to be drawn up on that piece of land where Limington Road and Route 112 come together.  Selectman Emery tried to catch up with the property owner and left a message for him to call to set up a time to meet to discuss that piece of property with the Board.

  • Public Comments and Questions
Peter Burns thanked voters who came out yesterday and expressed his appreciation for the support he got.

Mr. Burns thanked Selectman Senechal for the three years she served as Selectman.  He said her service to the town is very much appreciated.

Mr. Burns talked a little about a meeting with the SAD 6 Budget Advisory Group that he was leaving to attend and he spoke briefly about the school budget that passed.  He thanked people for supporting the two step process and said it is very important for people to not lose their right to vote.

This is Selectman Senechal’s last official meeting as Chair of the Board.  She thanked the Board for their support as Chair this past year and Bev Gammon, Selectmen’s Assistant for her help.

Chief Grovo reported that there were 340 calls that came in last week.  He provided statistics on those calls which included several fireworks complaints.  Chief Grovo said before the end of June he will bring in samples of the type of fireworks that are legal and those that are not allowed so people can see what they look like and ask questions.

Chief Grovo said the Public Works crew did an awesome job setting up the new playground at Town Farm Park, and he thanked Tashia Pinkham for getting the grant so we can have that.

Chief Grovo talked about hot, rainy weather and the fact that there are a lot of motorcycles on the road.  He asked everyone to use caution and be aware of their surroundings when driving, especially at intersections.  Come to a complete stop, look left and right, and make sure no one is coming before you proceed.

In closing, Chief Grovo thanked Dianne Senechal for the years she served on the Board.

  • Executive Session

  • Adjournment
Motion made and seconded to adjourn the Meeting at 7:29 PM
Approved 5-0

Town of Buxton
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