Wednesday, July 22, 2015

RECAP TOWN COUNCIL MEETING – JULY 21ST by Larry Fillmore

The meeting last night was the most disgusting display of leadership and integrity I have ever had the misfortune to witness by Chairman Dillon Pesce.  I will explain in many more articles to follow.  However, this is the recap so I will provide only the recap.

Under Council Orders; Resolutions and Ordinances – The following agenda items were approved by a vote of 6-0 with Councilor Mark Lunt excused due to illness:

1.     Authorization to sign Planning Contract – This is for Amanda Bunker who works with the Planning Board and the Economic Community Development Director.  The Council approved $20,000.00 to renew her contract.


2.    Dollar General Water Easement Release Deed – This was approved by a vote of 6-0.


3.    Tax Acquired Property Bid – This was to go for bid on two parcels of property with no minimum bid.  It has been advertised with a minimum bid before with no response.


4.    Accept School Budget Validation Referendum Results – This was approved by a vote of 6-0.

 
5.    Discussion on Bond Proceeds & Bond Compliance – Mr. Karass, the Finance Director spoke on this issue. (More to come)


6.    Discussion Reserve Funds – Mr. Karass addressed this issue.  (More to Come)


7.    School Budget Validation Referendum Warrant – The Town Council rejected the first eleven articles with the exception of Councilor Garrison.   The bottom line is the Town Council, minus Councilor Garrison, reduced the recommend School Budget from
$15,301,066.00 to $14,884,173.00.   This is a difference of $416,893.00.


8.     Set Registrar Hours and times to cast absentee ballots – This was approved 6-0.


9.    Policy & Procedures for the Fiscal Administration of School Accounts Payable and Payroll.  This was approved 6-0.


10.    MMA Annual Election – Vice President was Laurie Smith, Town Manager, Town of Kennebunkport and the Executive Committee Members are William Bridgeo, City Manager, City of Augusta; Michael Crooker, Town Manager, Town of Glenburn; and Marianne Moore, Mayor, City of Calais.


11.    DEP Consent Agreement – After two (2) Executive Session one at the start of the meeting and one at the end the Council, approved this agreement; however, no one ever stated or produced any documentation on what really took place.


12.    Revaluation Decision – After two (2) Executive Sessions the Council approved this decision but never produced and documentation or stated what the decision involved.

 
13.    Award Real Estate Bid – The Council approved Cheryl Haggerty as the realtor to sell the 33 areas on Ridge Road.


14.    Interlocal Agreementfor Code Enforcement and Stormwater Services – This item was tabled for another time.


15.    Municipal Agent Designation – The Council approved Ruth Lyons to fill this position at this time.

Appointments –

1.     Appoint Constables for Ace Security –Paul Carpentier, Harry Darling and Sean Scully were all approved.
2.    Appoint to RLF Committee Members – Dan Stockford, Ed Karass and Diane Barnes were all approved.
3.    Re-appoint Ethics Panel Member Ross Cunningham was approved.
4.    Appoint Cemetery Committee Members – Bob Packard, Ella Mae Packard and Lucy A. Couture were all approved.

Adjourned at approximately 11:30 P.M.

Larry Fillmore