APRIL 12, 2006




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


Citizens present: Bill Cooney, Ben Crehore, Dennis Cromwell, Curt Downer and Marianne Williams


Guest present: Charlotte Boynton of the Wiscasset Newspaper


Meeting Commenced:


1.       George called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.


Business Conducted:


2.       Warrant No. 41 for $24,032.85 was presented.  George moved to accept; Reggie, 2nd; vote: unanimous.  George attached a note that the school warrant needs another signature.


3.       Bill Cooney reported that he will be meeting with Amy Winston to draft the grant application for painting of the town hall.  A hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the town office.


4.       Marianne Williams asked to be appointed to the recreation committee when it is formed.  She also shared that Jon Williams asks to be appointed to a Wright property committee, should one be formed.


5.       A letter was received from Albert and Barbara Greenleaf stating that they plan to have their land surveyed in June in hopes of settling a land dispute with their neighbors.   LPI Gerry Bodmer indicated that he will not be able to issue any plumbing permits until this dispute is settled.  Until then a temporary patch only will be allowed to deal with the septic field problem.


6.       A letter from Ron Harrison requested billing records for road work between April 2 and 8, 2006, a list of roads to be graveled and the number of times roads will be graded.  George moved to send a copy of the billing records and have the Road Commissioner answer the other 2 questions.  Reggie seconded the motion; vote: unanimous.


7.       Minutes of the shellfish committee revealed that Mike Muchmore will not seek recertification.  We assume this is as Shellfish Warden.


8.       A note from the First National bank of Damariscotta indicates the interest rate being paid to the town is being raised from 2.96% to 3.2%.


9.       An e-mail has been received from Stanley Lane asking for 10% abatement in the valuation of his pier, ramp and float.  George moved to schedule the certified assessor to visit the site for a revaluation.  The other selectmen agreed to this course of action.


10.   The letter and abatement check sent to Marcy Axelrad and Rob Whitney at Marcy’s work address was returned as “unknown” and “unforwardable”.  George moved to have it resent to their home address, certified mail, return receipt requested.  The other selectmen agreed.


11.   Ron Stoodley’s deputy CEO status has expired.  Unless he becomes certified, we will ask Stuart Wyman, the deputy LPI, to serve as deputy CEO as well.


12.   Curt Downer said he would try to review the few changes the Board of Selectmen made to the building code ordinance before he leaves for a month on April 27.


13.   A petition was received asking for a referendum style of voting instead of the traditional town meeting.  George moved to table action for up to 2 weeks to research legalities; Reggie, 2nd; vote: unanimous.


14.   Two supplemental tax warrants and certificates were issued for 2 lots: Map 1, Lots 79.1 and 79.2 as the tax bill was sent erroneously to LKRLT instead of the landowner.  Two tax abatements were signed for the LKRLT.


Meeting Adjourned:


15.  At 9:25 p.m., George moved the meeting be adjourned.  The other selectmen agreed.


Respectfully submitted,


Westport Island Board of Selectmen




George D. Richardson, Jr.                          





Reginald J. Lee




Jack Swanton