TOWN OF WESTPORT ISLAND

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, ASSESSORS AND OVERSEERS MEETING

MARCH 7, 2007

 

Present:

 

Board members:George D. Richardson, Jr., Brenda J. Bonyun and John B. Swanton

 

Citizens: Cindy Brown, Bill Cooney, Ben Crehore, Rhonda Cromwell, Helen Dunton, Mona Greenleaf,Ron & Debbie Harrison, Mort Mendes, John & Ruth Nelson and Jon Williams

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Guest:††††Charlotte Boynton of Wiscasset Newspaper and Jay McIntire, Wiscasset School Superintendent

 

Meeting Commenced:

 

1.George called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.A quorum was present.

 

Business Conducted:

 

2. Warrant No. 36 for $3,240.78 was presented.George moved to accept; Jack, 2nd; vote: 3-0.

 

3.†† Citizens issues:

 

A.     Bill Cooney reported on the Town Hall Committee.They wondered when the septic was last pumped out.George remembered that it was only 2 years ago.They obtained quotes for a simple light on the flag, which would be approximately $300, and a brass plaque in the $300-$400 range.George said there was money in the Doggett Fund to cover these.

 

The balcony project is in process.There is some old flooring board too good to throw out; perhaps enough for a few tables.George and Jack said they would look at the pile.

 

The committee also asked about insulating the roof.Bill said he would check with the Historic Preservation people in Augusta for any guidelines.

 

B.     Jon Williams asked if the contract with Land for Maineís Future had been amended.George said it had not.He gave Jon a copy of a draft amendment from the State.Jon asked if any legal opinions had been recently obtained.George said there had not.

 

C.†† Ben Crehore stated that confusions like the one with the official warrant vs. WICICís town meeting handout last year could be avoided if the warrant is published weeks ahead in the town report.The selectmen agreed and said with the change in the fiscal year, printing it in the town report was problematical, but the warrant itself will be out this June in adequate time to reach everyone.

 

 

 

 

4.†† Other Business:

 

A.Jay McIntyre reported on the details surrounding the January 23rd school closing.He said he liked to contact the plow contractors directly by cell phone to get road conditions. He said he has had no problems reaching Ron Harrison this year.Jay said that he wants all communication with the buses and plows to go through his office.However, once the buses reach the town, he is OK with them connecting by radio.

 

B.†† Ron Harrison asked for some additional salt.George moved to approve a wheeler load.Jack seconded the motion; vote: 3-0.George said he would help with paperwork if need be.

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††††† Ron asked that G&D transport the town sand that is still on their property to his facility.

 

C.†† Dedee requested to attend a course in state licensing procedure.George moved to approve; Brenda, 2nd; vote: 3-0.

 

D.George moved to approve $99 for Brenda to attend a 1-day course in effective communication.Jack seconded the motion; vote: 3-0.

 

E.      George moved to set the following dates:

Nomination papers available:††† March 19, 2007

Nomination papers due:††††††††††††† April 28, 2007

Town Elections:†††††††††††† June 22, 2007

Town Meeting:††††††††††††††††††††††††† June 23, 2007

Brenda seconded the motion; vote: 3-0.††

 

Elections to be held for:

††††††††††† 1 - Selectman

††††††††††† 1 - Road Commissioner

††††††††††† 1 - School Board Member

††††††††††† 7 - Finance Committee Members (including 2 alternates)

 

F.†† Jack moved to open the only bid for the old school bus; George, 2nd; vote: 2-0-1 (Brenda abstained because her brother had bid.)Jack moved to accept the bid of $300 from Dana Cromwell; George, 2nd; vote: 2-0-1 (Brenda abstained for the same reason.)George and Jack will sign the bill of sale.

 

Meeting Adjourned:

 

5.Brenda motioned to adjourn at 9:00 pm; Jack, 2nd; vote: 3-0.

 

††† Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

††† George D. Richardson, Jr.††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Brenda J. Bonyun†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† John B. Swanton