Baileyville Council Minutes - January 12, 2015

A regular meeting of the Baileyville Town Council was held on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building with the following Council member present: Dick Gayton, Craig Croman, Tim Call, Thurman Roberts by SKYPE, David McAlpine, and Town Manager Richard Bronson. Also present were Marilyn Leighton, Jamie McLaughlin, Bob Fitzsimmons, Andy Snowman, Jerry Crosby, David Costello and Brandon Ireland.

OPEN

It was moved by Councilor Croman, seconded by Councilor McAlpine, and unanimously voted to open the meeting at 5:30 p.m. without form.

APPROVAL OF WARRANTS

It was moved by Councilor Gayton, seconded by Councilor Croman and unanimously voted to approve the following warrants:

Warrant #44 dated 12/24/2014 for $12,008.18 - Payroll

Warrant #45 dated 01/01/2015 for $11,615.80 - payroll

Warrant #46 dated 12/31/2014 for $79,961.40 - a/p warrant

Warrant #47 dated 01/08/2015 for $12,057.20 - payroll

Warrant #48 dated 01/12/2015 for $57,552.80 - a/p warrant

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

It was moved by Councilor McAlpine, seconded by Councilor Croman, and unanimously voted to approve the minutes of the meeting December 22, 2014.

DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

Jamie stated that there were no complaints to him about the curbside pickup over the holidays.

Councilor Call asked about the online training that Mike had in his report. Town Manager Bronson explained that all employees had to mandatory training in certain subjects, ie bloodborne pathogens, etc.

There was no discussion on the Police Department Report.

The demolition of 81 Palm Street is on hold due to the weather. The missing Book #1 of the zoning ordinances replacement is a work in progress. Andy stated in his report that he is in agreement that the Maine State Forestry Dept. should be handling the timber harvesting.

Lorna’s report was reviewed.

PUBLIC HEARING: AMENDMENT TO LAND USE ORDINANCE REGARDING NOTICES TO ABUTTERS

It was moved by Councilor Croman, seconded by Councilor Gayton, and unanimously voted to open the public hearing at 5:52 p.m.

Hearing no comments or questions, it was moved by Councilor Croman, seconded by Councilor McApline, and unanimously voted to close the public hearing at 5:53 p.m.

OLD BUSINESS

a) ORDER: Set price of Cemetery lots at $250.00 each. It was moved by Councilor McApline, seconded by Councilor Croman, and unanimously voted to accept the Order that a new lot purchase fee for lots in the Woodland Cemetery will be $250.00 for all sales after January 2, 2015.

b) Second Reading: Amendment to the Land Use Ordinance. It was moved by Councilor Croman, seconded by Councilor Gayton, and voted 4-0 (Councilor Roberts Abstained) to move to approve second reading of the proposed Land Use Ordinance Amendment regarding notice to property abutter and send it to Third Reading at our Council meeting of January 26 for possible passage. This Amendment will be added to the existing policy already in place. The Town will follow the charter and include the notification to abutters.

c) Resolve, rescind order to advertise and sell mobile home on Palm Street. Town Manager Bronson explained that he has spoken to the homeowner and landowner and they are in agreed that the taxes be paid by April 1st and that the trailer will be moved by May 15th. It was moved by Council Gayton, seconded by Councilor Croman, and unanimously voted to resolve to authorize Town Manager to wait until April to advertise for sale the mobile home located at 86 Palm Street.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Abatements from Assessor. It was moved by Councilor Gayton, seconded by Councilor McAlpine, and unanimously voted to approve the following abatements that are attached.

b) First Reading: Proposed Zone Change Third Avenue. It was moved by Councilor Gayton, seconded by Councilor McAlpine, and voted to approve the first reading of the proposed Land Use Ordinance change and move this to Public Hearing and Second Reading at our regular scheduled meeting on January 26th. This change would include the east side of Pleasant Street, (which is a paper street), as marked in the tax map provided by CEO Andrew Snowman.

c) Approve License for W.T. Wren Post of American Legion to operate beano game of chance. It was moved by Councilor Gayton, seconded by Councilor Croman, and unanimously voted to approve the Application for a License to Operate Beano/Bingo or a Game of Chance for the W.T. Wren Unit #23.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Jerry Crosby asked if the Olsson trailer that was relocated from Baring to Bailey Hill in Baileyville has a slab under it. CEO Andrew Snowman stated that it did, all 70 feet of it.

There were no other comments or questions.

TOWN MANAGER REPORT

Forestry Enforcement - Town Manager Bronson informed the Council that the State of Maine would like to oversee the timber harvesting. It was the consensus of the Council to go with the recommendation of the CEO Snowman to choose option#1 and have the State of Maine do the timber harvesting.

Amerassist - Town Manager Bronson suggested that personal property accounts be sent to Amerassist for collection. The Town still has the ability to send 60 more accounts for collection. It was the consensus of the Council to send personal property accounts for collection.

Public Works Hiring - Town Manager Bronson informed the Council that he received a letter from Jeff PRatt stating his last day of work would be June 1, 2015 as he is retiring. There was not a discussion on placing an ad for a replacement before Jeff leaves. The Council is not in favor and would like to further discuss this issue when more information is available.

COUNCILOR CLOSING COMMENTS

No Councilors had additional comments or questions.

MOTION TO ADJOURN

It was moved by Councilor Gayton, seconded by Councilor McAlpine, and unanimously voted to adjourn from public meeting at 6:45 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION - MRSA §405(6)(a) two personnel matters

It was moved by Councilor Croman, seconded by Councilor McAlpine, and unanimously voted to enter into executive session at 6:46 p.m.

 

It was moved by Councilor Croman, seconded by Councilor Gayton, and unanimously voted to adjourn from executive session at 7:43 p.m.