Selectmen's Meeting Minutes September 4, 2018

Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
September 4, 2018
Islesford Neighborhood House


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
JoAnne Thormann
Phil Whitney
Nate Brimmer, Axiom Technologies
James Singerling
Michael Boland, Islesford Dock Restaurant
Ellie Miller

I. Call to Order: 8:28am by Chairman Richard Beal.

II. Review / Sign Financial Warrants
Warrant #37 $ 8,631.52
Warrant #38 $ 42,744.30 (school)
Warrant #39 $ 80,666.83
Total: $ 132,042.65

All warrants were signed by the Selectmen.

III. Review/Approval of Meeting Minutes: August 14, 2018

Cory Alley moves to approve the August 14, 2018 Board of Selectmen’s meeting minutes as written. Florence Joy Sprague seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

IV. New Business

A. Michael Boland: IDR Floats

Michael Boland of the Islesford Dock Restaurant explains float replacement that has taken place at IDR this season and issues with the extensive public use of the IDR floats. General discussion of the status of moving rocks for the proposed breakwater that would allow barge traffic better access to the ramp and alleviate crowding at IDR. Cory Alley suggests IDR consider using finger floats at moorings to allow expansion of access for IDR customers. Richard Beal recommends a warrant article for 2019 Town Meeting for expansion of the Islesford Town dock. Consensus of the Selectmen is to bring warrant article and bids to the 2019 Town Meeting for consideration.

B. Broadband Update: Axiom

Nate Brimmer of Axiom reports on the status of the Broadband Project. Connections to GCI homes should begin this week. Sutton Island is fully wired. Equipment repair to get the signal to Sutton is expected to be completed this week to allow service to commence. Richard Beal requests that the Town Office receive regular updates from Axiom so that individual questions from homeowners can be handled more efficiently. General discussion of ongoing challenges that have led to deadlines not being met.

C. Broadband Pole Licensing: Letter of Credit & Insurance Certificate

Selectmen review and sign documents relating to an application for using existing utility poles in limited situations as part of the Broadband Project.

D. Crabapple Maine, LLC: Sign New Lease for 15 Mansell Lane

James Fortune reports that Crabapple Maine, LLC has backed out of its proposal due to occupancy restrictions for acceptable uses the Town included in the proposed contract. Consensus of the Selectmen is to not pursue continued discussions.

E. Dog Point Road Work Update

James Fortune reports that the contractor has advised him that work will start tomorrow.

VI. Other Business (taken out of order)

General discussion of the removal of junk vehicles from both islands. Cory Alley advises that arrangements can be made to remove some vehicles if the cars can be transported to Manset by the end of September. Cory Alley and James Fortune to coordinate vehicle removals from Town properties and to notify the public that removal is available at a shared cost among the owners.

F. Fall Roads Projects

James Fortune reports that the budgeted funding available for fall road work is $3,600 if the additional $10,000 previously directed by the Selectmen to the Dog Point Road project is necessary.

E. Dog Point Road Work Update (continued)

Discussion of the barge fee portion of the Dog Point Road project, the collection of Town Dock ramp fees (including Manset), and the ramp fee increase at Northeast Harbor to $25. Richard Beal moves to increase landing fees from $5 to $10 at each of the Town’s ramps. Cory Alley seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

G. Appoint Islesford Constable

Richard Beal moves to appoint Katelyn Damon as a constable for the Town of Cranberry Isles. Florence Joy Sprague seconds the motion. Motion approved 3-0.

H. GCI Fire Department Cistern

Katelyn Damon reports on estimates for a cistern for GCI. Discussion of installing cistern on Town property in the median area near the gas pumps. Consensus of the Selectmen is to provide a full estimate and warrant article at the 2019 Town Meeting.

I. C.I.R.S.: FirstNet Public Safety Cell Phones

Katelyn Damon reports on possible public safety cellular network access available for use by the Town’s first responders that allows for uninterrupted cellular communication. She will follow up with the Town of Mount Desert for more information. Consensus of the Selectmen is to table further discussion until the October meeting.

J. Town Website

James Fortune reports on current website setup and computer network issues. Consensus of the Selectmen is to task the Town Office staff to come up with a proposal for website and networking improvements.

K. Longfellow School Boundary

Chairman Beal provides an update on the boundary issue. No action taken.

V. Other Business

Cory Alley reports on the status of the new snow plow for the truck at Islesford.

Katelyn Damon reports that installation of the repeater on the Broadband tower at Islesford will continue when the new cabinet for the equipment arrives.

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


VII. Audience Communication

James Singerling requests improvements to the crosswalk visibility between the parking area and the dock at Manset.

VIII. Adjournment

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

Meeting adjourned at 10:58am