Greenville Selectmen's Meeting
January 15, 2003 - 6:30 PM at Greenville Municipal Building

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SELECTMEN’S MEETING WILL BE PRE-EMPTED AT 6:00 PM BY A JOINT PUBLIC HEARING WITH THE TOWN OF SHIRLEY, RE: A PROPOSED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE.

Present at meeting:

1. Minutes from Meeting of January 8, 2003:

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2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda

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3. Presentation by Alan Hutchinson, Forest Society of Maine, RE: West Branch Project: Alan and the rest of the staff at the Forest Society of Maine have been working hard over the past couple of years to develop the West Branch Project. This ambitious conservation project involves a large conservation easement over lands mostly North and West of Greenville (Penobscot Lake north), as well as some fee acquisition land (including Big Spencer Mountain). In the grand scheme of things, I believe the Town of Greenville is served best by having stability in the natural resource base immediately north and surrounding us. Therefore, I recommend that the Board of Selectmen learn more about this project, and then consider endorsing the project through a letter of support. I will have such a letter for your consideration at the meeting.

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4. Update on Airport Engineering and Permitting – Bill Gerrish, Jay Wood of Dufresne-Henry Engineers: Our airport engineers wish to update the Board of Selectmen on their progress in devising an application for Site Location of Development, as required by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. There are a couple of ways to go with the permitting strategy, options which our engineers will explain to the Airport Advisory Committee at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, and then later that evening explain to the Board of Selectmen. All of this engineering work is in prelude to the reconstruction of the main runway, and the cost for this work is being shared by the FAA, the MDOT, and the Town of Greenville.

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5. Request to Replace Ladder Truck – Fire Chief Mike Drinkwater, other Fire Department members: Our Fire Chief, some of his officers, and I all worked diligently a year ago on a grant request to the federal government (branch of FEMA) for the replacement of our current 1968 maxim Ladder truck with a new ladder / pumper truck combination. This proposal was not funded. However, the need for a better ladder truck remains. The current ladder truck has certain deficiencies which make it impractical for regular service (e.g., difficult to drive, ladder may not pass annual service test another year, etc.). Mike and his officers have identified a 1977 OshKosh ladder truck for sale in Colorado which appears to be mechanically solid and also appears to have a very good 100’ ladder. The asking price is $30,000. At last check, there was about $50,000 in the equipment reserve account. The firemen are asking for the Board’s consideration in authorizing the sale of the current ladder truck and the purchase of this ladder truck, pending inspection by members of the department. I recommend the Board of Selectmen work with the Fire Department to find a way to replace our aging and outdated ladder truck for reasons of safety and practicality.

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6. Request for Deed Correction for Industrial Park Lot: I will have a legal opinion and further details for you at the meeting.

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7. Request for Assistance – Fireworks for Winter Carnival (“Snowdeo”): The Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club and other entities are working to develop a winter carnival in Greenville during February school vacation. They are planning a series of events to be billed a “Snowdeo” which will appeal to families interested in snowmobiling. In conjunction with the Snowmobile Club, the Chamber of Commerce is proposing to raise funds for a fireworks display on the ice (most likely in East Cove) during this February event. President Joe DiAngelo has asked if the Town would consider making a donation to the cost of the fireworks. The Chamber is setting up a food both at the kiosk on the northbound ITS trail Saturday, January 18 - during the B-52 ride-in – to raise some money toward these events. I told the Chamber President that I would ask the Board of Selectmen to consider matching the Chamber dollar-for-dollar in their effort to raise funds toward a fireworks display, up to a maximum of $1,000. I think this event holds great promise – I expect to have more details for events offered by the Snowmobile Club at the meeting. Please note that this request for funds for fireworks comes NOT from the Snowmobile Club, but rather from the Chamber of Commerce.

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8. List of Events for 2003 which will Involve the Town of Greenville: I will have a list for your review at the meeting which outlines all of the annual events in Greenville for which the Town of Greenville supports either financially or through staff-time (me or other employees). I bring this to your attention in order to give you a sense for how involved the Town is with area projects, to get your approval for involvement in these projects (although exact commitment levels should be approved on a case-by-case basis), and to better coordinate with other groups (e.g., the Chamber, the School, CA Dean, NREC, etc.). I hope this proves useful to you.

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9. Town Manager’s Work Plan: Tabled from the last meeting, this item will involve my own review of progress on the 2002 work plan, as well as details for my proposed schedule of work for 2003.

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10. Five-year Capital Budget Plan: At my request, I have received estimates from department heads regarding expected needs and subsequent expenditures for capital projects between 2003 and 2008. I have organized this into a series of costs year by year, with my subsequent recommendations listed at the end. These requests are taken at face value, and their inclusion here does not equate with approval to make such expenditure or even to budget for them in the given years. Rather, it allows for all of us to see what capital needs there are, when they will arise, and how and why we should be planning for them.

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11. Audit Issues: In review of this year’s financial audit of the Town’s finances, it is clear that some things should be done differently. One of those matters is to make sure that all of the Selectmen have the opportunity to review and to sign all of the warrants. Some warrants for payroll and accounts payable examined by our auditors were found to have fewer than five signatures, and some fewer than three. Following discussion with our bookkeeper, our auditor, and our Board Chairman and Vice-Chair, a plan was devised to ensure that all such warrants get the proper review and proper signatures required. This plan will be explained and hopefully adopted by the Board at this next meeting.

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12. Junction Revitalization Implementation Committee: I recommend that the Board appoint three Junction residents or business-owners to this committee to assist me and other officials in the implementation of the Junction Revitalization plan. All such meetings of this advisory committee will be public and open to all residents who are interested. The specific appointment will only give the committee greater structure.

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13. Resolution of Support – Proposed Pleasant River Lumber Co. Expansion: The owners of Pleasant River Lumber Company in Dover-Foxcroft are proposing an expansion of this mill which will result in dozens of additional jobs, and a private investment of over $20 million. As the owners consider the pros and cons of completing this expansion, they have indicated to the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council that any show of support from communities within the region would help them to make the decision to follow through with the expansion. Therefore, the PCEDC is soliciting all communities in Piscataquis County to consider adopting a resolution of support for this project. I believe the project will benefit all communities in our county, especially Greenville, by returning to us the “sawmill culture” which has been in decline in recent years. In particular, it will allow for the evolution of the job base in this county to adopt more sawmill-related skills. Such skilled laborers will make it easier for businesses to justify investment in Greenville in the wood products fields. I recommend the Greenville Board of Selectmen adopt such a resolution of support.

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14. Letter of Support – Proposed North Woods Loop Trail: Also known as the proposed Moosehead Lake Hiking Trail, this dream of Greenville resident Chris Keene and others is growing. Chris foresees a multi-use (in places) hiking trail connecting Wilson Falls with Elephant Mountain, Big and Little Spencer Mountains, Mt. Kineo, Moosehead Lake, and western mountain destinations. Chris has asked the Town of Greenville to consider a letter of support for this project. He is not asking for any financial commitment. I have drafted a possible letter of support from the Board of Selectmen and myself. I recommend the Board support this effort.

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15. Letter of Thanks for Donation – Stoddard Family: The Stoddard family of North Yarmouth and Greenville, Maine made a substantial donation to the Greenville Police Department’s cruiser fund about a year ago, following the successful rescue of their son from a severe chainsaw accident in Lily Bay. Although verbal thanks have been conveyed to the Stoddards, I had hoped to have the opportunity to thank them at our annual Christmas Party. Unfortunately, the family had another commitment. Therefore, I offer for the Board’s consideration a letter of thanks from the Board, the Police Chief, and myself.

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16. Resolution of Congratulations – Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club, on the occasion of the opening of their new Clubhouse: I thought it would be an appropriate gesture for the Board of Selectmen to adopt a resolution expressing congratulations to our local, hard-working snowmobile club on the occasion of the opening of their new clubhouse. I will have this resolution ready for your review at the meeting.

17. Additions to the Agenda (if any):

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18. Warrants

19. Adjourn

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