Selectmen's Meeting Minutes August 14, 2018

Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
August 14, 2018
Great Cranberry Island Community Center


Richard Beal, Chairman, BOS
Florence Joy Sprague, BOS
Cory Alley, BOS
Denise McCormick, Town Clerk
James Fortune, Administrative Assistant
Ben Sumner, Deputy Clerk
Katelyn Damon, Public Safety Coordinator
Laurie Dobson, MAC
Phil Whitney
Nate Brimmer, Axiom Technologies
Eleanor Bright
Robert Murch
Ed Gray

I. Call to Order: 8:47am by Chairman Richard Beal.

II. Review / Sign Financial Warrants
Warrant #31 $ 0 (correction)
Warrant #32 $ 8,406.25
Warrant #33 $ 36,116.66 (school)
Warrant #34 $ 14,318.78
Warrant #35 $ 7,865.99
Warrant #36 $ 213,921.89
Total: $ 280,629.57

All warrants were signed by the Selectmen.

IV. New Business (taken out of order)

A. Acknowledgement: Donation of Framed Photograph “Boathouses-Little Cranberry Island” by Howie Motenko; Framing by Islesford Artists Gallery (Katy & Danny Fernald)

Selectmen review and sign acknowledgements.

B. Acknowledgement: Painting Displays at Islesford Post Office, Paintings by Rick Alley

Selectmen review and sign acknowledgement.

III. Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes: July 3, 2018

Cory Alley moves to approve the July 3, 2018 Board of Selectmen’s meeting minutes as written. Florence Joy Sprague seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

V. Other Business (taken out of order)

James Fortune reports that the annual Hazardous Waste Collection day has been scheduled for September 21 and public notices have been posted.

Florence Joy Sprague reports on the flowers and landscaping that have taken place outside the Town Office.

IV. New Business

C. Approve additional funding for Broadband to put poles for fiber trunk line on Harding Point and Jimmy’s Point Roads

Nate Brimmer of Axiom reports on the general progress of the broadband project and answers specific questions from audience members. A property owner along Jimmy’s Point Road has requested the recently installed trunk line be placed on poles instead of directly on top of the ground. Nate Brimmer explains the rationale for how the trunk line was installed in that area and acknowledges that a portion of the trunk line is not within the Town’s present road easement. Chairman Beal comments on the general condition of Jimmy’s Point Road and recommends that road improvements be considered by the Selectmen in the near future. Nate Brimmer estimates that relocating the line onto poles will increase the project costs by about $20,000. He estimates the cost for relocating the trunk line onto the Town’s easement, but leaving it on the ground, at around $4,000. Consensus of the Selectmen is to move the trunk line onto the Town’s utility easement and to consider burying the line at a future time when road improvements are undertaken.

H. Islesford Neighborhood House: Easement for Chapel Street (taken out of order)

James Fortune reports that the Islesford Neighborhood House Association needs an easement to cross the Town’s right-of-way on Chapel Street to access a new leach field for a proposed new septic system. Consensus of the Selectmen is to give the INHA a right-of-way easement once a formal request to install the proposed septic system in presented.

VII. Audience Communication (taken out of order)

Geoff Wadsworth asks about decision not to place poles along Jimmy’s Point Road (Item C above). Chairman Beal responds on behalf of the Selectmen. General discussion. No action taken.

D. Maintenance Surveys for LCI, GCI, & Sutton Town Docks

James Fortune presents the results of the recently completed dock survey. Consensus of the Selectmen is to make minimal repairs this fall subject to available funds and prepare a Warrant article for the 2019 Town Meeting to complete the recommended repairs.

Ed Gray reports that construction is underway at the Newman & Gray boatyard on the new winter float for GCI.

E. Cranberry Isles Parking Lot in NEH

General Discussion of parking issues and policy enforcement efforts at Northeast Harbor. Selectmen Alley recommends adjusting the float contract at Manset for installation to be complete by April 15 to extend the usefulness of the Manset parking area for Town residents. He also proposes that a rental agreement be arranged for boats that are being stored at Manset in the offseason. Chairman Beal tasks James Fortune to contact the Town of Mount Desert and request improvements to the lettering and surface of the parking lot at Northeast Harbor.

F. 15 Mansell Lane

James Fortune reports on the submission of an unsolicited proposal to rent the property at 15 Mansell Lane. General discussion. Cory Alley moves to task James Fortune to prepare a contract for rental of the property in consultation with the Town attorney. Richard Beal seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

G. CIRS: TCI Repeater Quote

Katelyn Damon presents a proposal and price quote for an emergency services repeater to be placed on the Broadband tower at Islesford. She advises that funding will come from the CIRS reserve fund. She also reports that a previously proposed light for the tower will not be placed on the tower because it is not required by law and LifeFlight has advised that it is not needed for their purposes. Richard Beal moves to accept the proposal as prepared. Cory Alley seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

I. Winter Float Contract (for GCI Winter Float & Gangway Maintenance)

General discussion. Consensus of the Selectmen is to task James Fortune to arrange for Newman & Gray to maintain the float itself, the Harbormaster to be responsible for raising and lowering the ramp as necessary during the winter, and for someone to be hired to keep the float accessible when it is in service.

J. TCI Commuter Boat Contracts (Contract Renewals for Service Years 2019-2022)

James Fortune presents contracts for the Selectmen to review. Cory Alley proposes to have contractors purchase fuel from the Cranberry Isles Fisherman’s Co-Op to realize savings for the Town and support island business. Consensus of the Selectmen is to task James Fortune to review fuel portion of the contract with perspective contractors.

K. Dog Point Road Work Update

James Fortune reports that the contractor anticipates starting the project this week.

VII. Audience Communication (taken out of order)

Ed Gray requests that the abandoned pickup truck parked at the Transfer Station on property leased by Newman & Gray Boatyard be removed since boat storage is now starting to take place.

Selectman Alley reports about continued problems with oversized outboards tied to the Islesford floats. General discussion.

VI. Executive Session: Personnel Matter, 1 M.R.S.A. §405(6)(A)


VIII. Adjournment

Richard Beal moves to adjourn the meeting. Florence Joy Sprague seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

Meeting adjourned at 11:14am