AUGUST 24, 2009




Selectmen:  George D. Richardson, Jr. and Gerald A. Bodmer

Citizens: Art Ballard, Ben & Sandra Crehore, Bill Hopkins and John Nelson


Meeting Commenced:


1.  Selectman George D. Richardson, Jr. called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon.


Business Conducted:


2. Warrant: The warrant was reviewed and George motioned to approve Warrant No.08 for $41,525.13; Jerry, 2nd; vote; 2-0.


3. Minutes: The minutes of the August 7, 2009 meeting were reviewed. George motioned to accept as written; Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


4. Amended Water Testing at Town Hall: Jerry advised that last week the B.O.S. authorized $40.00 for limited well testing at the Town Hall, but since this is a public building, we feel that the test analysis should include additional test parameters. Jerry motioned that we allow the Town Hall Committee to use up to $80.00 from the Town Hall Committee’s budget to get additional analysis results from A & L Laboratory Inc.; George, 2nd; vote: 2-0


5. MMA RMS Dividend: George read a letter from MMA Risk Management Services regarding a $645.00 dividend paid to Westport Island as a result of successful risk management activities and good loss experience from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 by the members who participated in both the Property & Casualty Pool and the Workers Compensation Fund.


6. Huggins Property: George motioned that we turn the issue over to Attorney Elliott Field rather than pursue trying to have a court summons issued; Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


7. Property Tax Board of Appeals: George motioned that we use Lawyer Bill Dale to represent Westport Island in the latest tree growth appeal by Michael Stern for the Rum Cove property. George advised that Attorney Dale’s fee cap was set at $2,500. Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


8. Wright Property Committee: Art Ballard wanted to discuss the Pine Tree Engineering contract proposal and construction drawings proposed changes, but because Ross was not present, the discussion was tabled until the Selectmen, Steve Dewick & the Committee can all meet at the Town Office on Wednesday at 10 a.m. George motioned to post the meeting at the Town Office and inform the newspaper; Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


9. Road Closure/Wedding: George read the reply from MMA regarding their advice about the request from Connie Ostis to close a portion of West Shore Road in front of her home. MMA recommended that the Selectmen not order the road closed unless there is a clear safety reason to do so. Jerry motioned that we send the MMA response to Ms. Ostis as well as a personal phone call referring her to the Sheriff’s Department for advice. George, 2nd; vote: 2-0


10. Appointments:

George motioned to appoint the following per Budget Committee recommendations:

David Blake for remaining two years to the position vacated by Rhonda Cromwell

Richard DeVries for remaining one year to the position vacated by Ruth Nelson

Sandra Crehore as an alternate until next election.

Sandra Besecker as an alternate until next election.

Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


George motioned to appoint the following per Conservation Committee recommendations:

Dennis Dunbar to a three year term.

Ann Springhorn to a three year term.

Stanley Lane as an associate to a three year term.

Dana Cromwell as an associate to a three year term.

Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


George motioned to appoint Dana Faulkingham to the Harbor Committee for a four year term. Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


12. Abatements: George motioned to abate the following Real Estate:

       Taxpayer                                Map/Lot                  Abatement

Kenneth Murray                            6/91.5                      $391.50 (2007, 2008 and 2009)

Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


13. Trucking Winter Sand: George read a letter from G&D Cromwell requesting an increase of $.50 per yard for trucking in sand to $7.50 per yard. George motioned that as we’ve done in previous years, we offer to pay G&D Cromwell the price that Crooker would charge the town to truck sand in. Jerry, 2nd; vote: 2-0


Meeting Adjourned:

George moved to adjourn at 1:30 pm.; Jerry 2nd, vote 2-0


Respectively submitted,





George D. Richardson, Jr.




Gerald A. Bodmer