JANUARY 11, 2006




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


Citizens present: Caleb Bonyun, Bill Cooney, Carole Dunbar, Bob Mooney, Ruth Nelson, Gary Richardson and Marianne Williams


Guest present: Vanessa Fowler


Meeting Commenced:


1.       George called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.


Business Conducted:


2.       A bill from Ron Harrison for $180.00 was returned for lack of information so Warrant No. 28 for $17,807.20 was reduced to $17,627.20.  George moved to approve; Reggie, 2nd; vote: unanimous.


3.       Minutes of the January 4, 2006 meeting were distributed.  George moved to approve; Reggie, 2nd; vote: 2-0-1.  (Jack was absent from that meeting.)


4.       Minutes of the January 4, 2006 public hearing were distributed.  George moved to approve;   Reggie, 2nd; vote: 2-0-1.  (Jack was absent from the public hearing.)


5.       Bill Cooney presented the Board of Selectmen with a final copy of the application for the Public Facilities grant for state fund for painting and a new furnace at the town Hall.


6.       Carole Dunbar asked about broadband internet access and will make an article available to Jack from the January 1, 2006 Portland Press Herald about wiring all of Maine.


7.       Caleb Bonyun explained to Carole Dunbar that the $47,500 Homeland Security Grant to the Westport Island Volunteer Fire Department would be used for an exhaust ventilation system for the fire station.


8.       Ruth asked that Jack send Curt Downer a copy of the changes made to the Building Code Ordinance.  Also, she said that the Planning Board has the Flood Plain Ordinance ready and asked that a joint hearing for both ordinances be held.  The Site Plan Review Ordinance will be ready soon.


9.       The new computer for the treasurer’s office and the selectmen’s office computer have had modems installed so Claude Bolduc can maintain them.


10.   George moved to re-appoint David Bertran to another year on the Shellfish Committee.  Reggie seconded the motion; vote: unanimous.


11.   An audit needs to be filed by January 30, 2006 with the state.  George checked with the auditor’s company and found while the auditor is hospitalized, the report would get filed as required.  The state is aware of the situation and is satisfied.


12.   George shared a report that showed Westport Island has the 12th lowest mill rate of the 19 towns in Lincoln County.


13.   The Planning Board’s findings of fact and conclusions of law concerning a pier application by Theodore Christie has been completed.  The Department of Conservation’s Submerged Lands Coordinator, Carol DiBello, has written the town asking for any concerns regarding the Christie pier application be received by them by February 4, 2006.


14.   George noted that the insurance for the school bus drivers has been in the town’s budget instead of the school budget.  Jack pointed out this has been a long standing practice and was done for lower rates offered by the town’s policy.  George thinks the amount should still come out of the school budget, and will check with the school board.


15.   A notice has been received from the D.E.P. concerning disposal of televisions and CRT monitors beginning July 20, 2006.  George wants to scan and post this notice on the town’s website.


16.   A letter, responding to a request for $750.00 from Ron Harrison for stockpiling sand explaining that this was part of his contract, was signed.


The selectmen scheduled an on-site inventory inspection of the sand and salt pile for 7:00 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2006. 


All decisions regarding purchase of more and sand and/or salt will be tabled until the nest regular meeting.


Meeting Adjourned:


17.  George moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:41 p.m.  Reggie seconded the motion; vote: unanimous.  The meeting was adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,


Westport Island Board of Selectmen




George D. Richardson, Jr.                                 




Reginald J. Lee




John B. Swanton