NOVEMBER 9, 2005




Board members present:  Reginald J. Lee and John B. Swanton


Citizens present: Mary Ellen Barnes, Bob Mooney, and Ruth & John Nelson


Guest present:  Charlotte Boynton of Wiscasset Newspaper


Meeting Commenced:


1.        The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.   


Business Conducted:


2.   Minutes for the November 2nd selectmen's meeting were reviewed.  Jack motioned to accept as written; Reggie, 2nd; vote: unanimous.


3.   Minutes of the November 2nd public hearing regarding the town hall painting were reviewed.  Jack moved to accept; Reggie, 2nd; vote: unanimous. 


4.       Warrant No. 19 for $31,120.43 was presented.  Reggie moved to accept as presented; Jack, 2nd; vote: unanimous.


5.   The trial on the MacNamara Foundation appeal, if needed, will be on January 25, 26 or 27, 2006.


6.       The results of the state referendum voting on Tuesday were shared.


7.       Ruth Nelson reported that at the previous evening's planning board meeting, the revised "Building Code Ordinance" was reviewed.  Some minor revisions were made and a couple of suggestions were noted.  A revised ordinance is being prepared and will be forthcoming.


8.       Mary Ellen Barnes reported on the work of the Westport Island Historical Committee, and its desire to involve more islanders.  She is looking for a safe repository for the 19th century quilt, and is working to inventory and secure all the items in the town's collection.


She also reported on their planned collaborative efforts with the town's cemetery committee to validate and republish the cemetery book.



  1. Fire Chief Bob Mooney brought a draft of the town's emergency operations plan.  The Board of Selectmen need to review and report suggested changes to him by December 12, 2005.


  1. The planning board's conditional permit for a permanent pier and temporary ramp and float on the property of Carol and David Blake, Map 1, Lot 16.3, was shared with the Board of Selectmen.


  1. A draft of a letter to CEO Gary Richardson regarding Ted Christie's pier application was approved and signed.


  1. A letter from the conservation commission president to the Board of Selectmen suggesting that the holders of the larger parcels on land on the south end of the island be made aware of the value of their land to the conservation of Westport Island's natural resources and quality of life.


  1. The town's bank has notified the town that the interest rate to be paid to the town will go up from 2.23% to 2.71%.


  1. John Nelson called the attention of the Board of Selectmen of a hazardous condition resulting from the parking of a flatbed utility trailer very close to the pavement at the property of Robert Stanley along the Main Road.


  1. The selectmen agreed to make known to the citizens that they are seeking people to represent the town on a committee being established by the DOT to review the findings of the draft environmental impact study and suggest changes for the planned Wiscasset by-pass.  Possible ways to do this are to have Brenda Bonyun include this in her next column or let Charlotte Boynton mention it in her report of the selectmen's meeting.


 Meeting Adjourned:


  1. At 9:04 p.m., Reggie moved to conclude the meeting.  Jack seconded the motion; vote: unanimous.



Respectfully submitted,


Westport Island Board of Selectmen





Reginald J. Lee      





John B. Swanton