Baileyville Council Prepares For Budget

Baileyville Councilors met on Monday evening, January 28. Left to right Dick Gayton, Craig Croman, Thurman Roberts and Chair Tim Call. (Photo by Gwen Clark).

By Gwen Clark

The Baileyville Town Council held their regular meeting  on Monday January 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM. All town councilors were in attendance, Chairman Tim Call, Jack Costello, Thurman Roberts, Craig Croman and Dick Gayton.  Minutes from the meeting held on January 14 were approved  unanimously with the correction concerning the Chase Road instead of the Chase Brook Road.   Warrant # 51 dated 01/17/2013 for $12,454.62; Warrant # 52 dated 01/18/2013 for $25,879.59; Warrant # 53 dated 01/24/2013 for $13,513.85 and Warrant # 54 dated 01/28/2013 for $42,518.69 were approved as well.

Under other business a Budget Workshop date was set for Monday February 4.  Councilor Call reported that the second audit from Brandt and Thibideau was in the works and a final draft should be ready sometime in February.   Chief Shawn Donahue explained the memorandum of Understanding  Emergency services renewal with the City of Calais, that each  police department from both communities can actively respond  to assist the other as a joint effort for the activity.  This also involved mutual training, etc. in order to save on expenses for each community.

Councilor Call also reported that involving a fuel usage comparison including the town offices and public works , that it seemed that the usage was extremely high in one months usage.  After replacing several thermostats and maintaining the heating situation  in each area to 50 degrees or slightly above that during the past month five hundred gallons of heating fuel was saved.   A  joint meeting with the Calais City Council  has been set for February 21 at Washington County Community College in the Assembly Room.   This will be for discussion and exploration of both large and small ways that the two communities can save in a variety of ways and for the benefit of both communities such as; salt/sand purchase, copy paper etc.

An update of the East/West Highway project  revealed that Cianbro had been in the area to present their version what the East/West highway project would involve  and the necessity for private funding to complete the idea, as well as the many benefits to the surrounding communities.   The professional services agreement with LatLong Logic LLC for TIF mapping  was approved and although initially may be a slight cost to the Town, it will be offset in legal services in the long run by the requestors of the TIF.      A request for the abatement of a supplemental tax bill for the Melodie Greene camp property transfer for $429.24 was approved.

Current Police Chief Shawn Donahue submitted his resignation to accept  the Chief Deputy position for the Washington County Sheriffs Department.  He has agreed to assist the Town in the short term and in the transition period in hiring a new Chief.  The Town Council accepted his resignation with regret and praised him as being an asset to the community.   To calm the rumor  that the Town was getting rid of its Police Department; Councilor  Call assured all present that it was not  the fact.  

Discussion during the Councilors Roundtable  included  notice from MMA Insurance/Risk management that there were approximately  six or seven fire department Bunker Gear  outfits out of compliance and need to be replaced.  The fire department has ten firefighters at present and some of the gear is 14 or 15 years old.   The Fire Chief researched in compliance gear  and found the cheapest at $1,300 for an entire set and total cost of $13,000 for the department.

Councilor Gayton will be traveling to Augusta  to meet  with the MMA  on Wednesday  concerning a legal issue.   It was also suggested that at least two individuals  from the Town Office attend a Tax Collector/ Treasurer Tax Lien school.  Marilyn plans to attend one on March 5 and preferably the second individual will be the incoming new town manager.   The class should prove to be a benefit in the end.

Public Roundtable of an inquiry to rather a new Town Manager was in place yet and was determined   that they were not and a question as to the exact  routing of the  East/West Highway before the Council entered into Executive Session  to discuss personnel Matters and than returned for adjournment.