Present at meeting:
1. Minutes from Meetings of December 6 and 20, 2006:
2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda & Public Comment Period
3. Planning Board & Code Enforcement Issues: There are a variety of issues emerging which may require reform of our land use ordinances to properly address. Code Enforcement Officer Dick Gould and I will be present to go over these items, and recommend that a joint meeting of the Planning Board and Board of Selectmen be set for the near future.
4. Tax Reform and Other Legislative Issues: The new Legislature has just recently convened, and nearly 2,400 bills have been ordered to be printed and considered in this session. The Governor has identified tax reform, and in particular property tax relief, as his number one priority. As an elected member of Maine Municipal Association's Legislative Policy Committee and as Greenville's Town Manager, I would like to have some direction from the Board for its thoughts on tax reform and any other issues which may come up in this session.
5. Special Events for 2007: Each year, I complete a list of special events which the Town of Greenville participates in, many of which we sponsor and run. This listing is useful for planning purposes between municipal departments and other agencies, and is also used by our insurance carrier to ascertain which events will be covered by our liability insurance. The Board may also wish to consider adopting a policy for the Town's service as a pass-through for special events: a base administrative fee (e.g., $100/year) would go a long ways toward off-setting the cost / value of the time of our Bookkeeper, clerks, Manager, etc., in assisting such special events. Also, our auditor has requested that we represent our fiscal management of such “pass-through” special events differently than we have done in the past. I recommend we continue to assist the several special events which we do as fiscal agent, but simply make the changes as recommended by our auditor and consider a base fee for our work. Additionally, I recommend we support the Forest Heritage Days committee as they have requested.
6. National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training and Community Disaster Planning: The Board of Selectmen has previously agreed to have its various departments trained in and to operate during an emergency through the National Incident Management System (NIMS), as required by the Department of Homeland Security. A few of us have gone through this training already, but to get everyone through this training, I recommend that the Board again authorize the Town employees to utilize Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday – as a training day, with the Town Office, Recycling Center and Landfill closed to allow for participation by staff. The morning session would be used for NIMS training (conducted by NIMS Instructor and Forest Ranger Bruce Reed), and the afternoon session would be used in break-out sessions to begin updating our community disaster plan. The Board of Selectmen would be encouraged to attend this training and participate in the disaster plan update (note that it will take FAR more than one afternoon to adequately update our community disaster plan – this is a start).
7. Additions to the Agenda (if any):