JANUARY 4, 2006




Board members present: George D. Richardson Jr. and Reggie Lee


Citizens present: Bill Cooney, Ben Crehore, Carole & Dennis Dunbar, Ruth & John Nelson and

                           Marianne Williams


Guests present: Jocelyn Smith of Wiscasset Newspaper


Meeting Commenced:


1.       George called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.


Business Conducted:


2.       Reviewed Warrant No. 27 dated January 4, 2006 for $27,343.28.  Reggie motioned to accept; George, 2nd; vote: 2-0.


3.       Reviewed Board of Selectmen meeting minutes of December 21, 2005.  George motioned to accept; Reggie, 2nd; vote: 2-0.


4.       Bill Cooney – Board of Selectmen signed letter to State of Maine Economic and Community Development Dept. dated January 4, 2006, regarding raising matching funds of $7,000.00 as the town’s share of the projected project for the block grant being applied for.


5.       Reviewed letter from Board of Selectmen to Philip B. Vigue, dated January 4, 2006, requesting pricing for an audit for the 6 month fiscal period from 1/1/05 – 6/30/05 and also for the 12 month fiscal year from 7/1/05 – 6/30/06.


6.       Board of Selectmen noted that E. Davies Allan has contributed $1,000.00 to the Westport Island Community Association.


7.       Town of Westport Island received a $1,000.00 gift from the Dorothy Doggett Trust conveyed through Soule, Soule and Logan.


8.       Marianne Williams – asked if the town has the funds to replace the flag at the north end of the island.  Funds will be taken out of the contingency account.


9.       Reviewed letters to the Board of Selectmen from Troubh, Heisler, etal, dated January 3 and January 4, 2006, regarding the McNamara Foundation appeal.


10.   Whitney/Axelrad abatement request – A reconstructed property tax card has been mailed.


11.   Andrew Anderson – Eugene Huskins, CMA, and Westport Island assessors are planning to meet with Andy Anderson at 10:00 a.m., January 21, 2006, for an inspection of his residence regarding a tax abatement request pending confirmation of date and time by Mr. Anderson.


12.   Board of Selectmen reviewed a request from Dedee and Linda to attend a computer workshop at $39.00/person.  Reggie motioned to authorize; George, 2nd; vote: 2-0.


13.   Reviewed MMA workshop on budgeting and warrant articles – cost $50.00 on February 8, 2006 at Lewiston, ME.  Reggie motioned to authorize George to attend; George, 2nd; vote: 2-0.


14.   George motioned to mail X-Press Copy of Portland, ME, a copy of the Westport Island town report in order to receive a cost estimate for printing.  Reggie seconded the motion; vote: 2-0.


Meeting Adjourned:


15.  George moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:46 p.m. 


Respectfully submitted,


Westport Island Board of Selectmen




George D. Richardson, Jr.                                 




Reginald J. Lee