Greenville Selectmen's Meeting Agenda
6:30 PM Wednesday, January 19, 2005 – Municipal Building

Present at meeting:

1. Minutes from Meeting of January 5, 2005:

Motion to Accept:_________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda & Public Comment Period

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

3. Open House for Municipal Building: Now that the new municipal building is substantially complete and occupied, it would be fitting to schedule an open house for the public. The clerks and I recommend Friday, January 28 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The program could be very simple: tours given throughout the afternoon, light refreshments, perhaps a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to the meeting hall, and other presentations. Many citizens have inquired as to whether such a ceremony is going to be scheduled.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

4. Update on Greenville Business Incubator: After reviewing the work schedule at the Greenville Business Incubator, the CTC Board, the engineer, the contractor, the Chair of the Board of Selectmen and I collectively agreed to pot-pone this event to 11:00 AM Thursday, March 3, 2005. The same intended ceremony will be conducted at that time. This will not only give the contractor sufficient time to finish his work, but will allow our tenant to move into the space. A lease is being reviewed by the tenant at this time: we hope to have a signed lease and a public announcement of our tenant’s identity very soon.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

5. Affordable Housing Project: In a previous study of the Town’s economic future (“Greenville at the Crossroads”), and in a recent Greenville Housing Assessment Study (2000), the need for affordable housing, especially for expanding the workforce, has been identified. The Moosehead Development Council has been discussing how to improve our quotient of affordable housing, as has the Board of Selectmen. Capital, including available land and funds, as well as staff capacity and knowledge of housing programs, has been the main deterrents to improving this situation.

The recent announcement by Plum Creek of their resource plan for the region includes opportunities for affordable housing development. Plum Creek has offered to help the Town of Greenville develop a plan for achievable affordable housing in our area. To start the process, they have offered to donate appropriate land for housing development under our direction. As generous an offer as this is, the Town of Greenville does not as yet know what that desired direction should be.

To figure that out, I suggest two approaches. First, authorize your Town Manager to work with Plum Creek and other entities to develop a draft proposal for how this could work. Second, I recommend that the Town of Greenville seek Community Development Block Grant Funds to further develop our proposal. This is a great opportunity for our community, and I believe the Town should maximize the opportunity given to us.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

6. Update on CA Dean Development Plans: I have invited CA Dean Hospital President Geno Murray to speak again to the Board of Selectmen to discuss the current status of the hospital’s development plans. On behalf of the Town, I have been working in good faith with Geno and other official from the hospital, as well s Mark Scarano from the PCEDC, to explore option for Community Development Block Grant assistance for the project. We have identified a funding source which may help the hospital.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

7. Special Town Meeting for Community Development Block Grant Purposes: To apply for CDBG funds, the State of Maine now requires municipalities to receive permission at a Town Meeting. I recommend that the Board of Selectmen schedule a 6:00 PM Public Hearing for both the Innovative Housing Grant CDBG Proposal for the affordable housing project, and also for the Economic Development Infrastructure CDBG Proposal for CA Dean Hospital’s development project on Wednesday, February 2, 2005. I further recommend that the Board schedule a 6:30 PM Special Town Meeting to receive the necessary permission to apply for these funds. Finally, I recommend that the Board of Selectmen, at their regular meeting of February 2, consider officially authorizing your Town Manager to apply for these funds, pending favorable outcomes from the aforementioned public hearing and special town meeting. If there are any other matters which require Town Meeting action, this would be a good time to schedule them.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

8. 2003 Property Tax Foreclosures: There are currently 11 accounts from 2003 with a non-zero balance which are scheduled to foreclose in mid-March. Town Clerk Roxanne Lizotte will be present to discus these accounts with the Board, one of which in particular requires Board action.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

9. Recreation Department: There have been some changes at the Recreation Department. Recreation Director Jeff Stafford has resigned, and the Recreation Committee has worked with me to develop a plan for finding a replacement. This will require advertising and review of applicants. I will share this plan for securing a new Director and for establishing a more comprehensive structure for the Recreation Department at the Selectmen’s Meeting. I have invited members of the Recreation Committee to attend.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

10. Tax Reform, School Funding: Following last week’s public discussion of tax reform and school funding in Greenville with our legislative delegation, a number of school and town officials telephoned, emailed, and rote letters to our elected officials in Augusta. Attached is a letter signed by your Town Manager, School Superintendent, and Hospital President which speaks to the need for the State to take into consideration Greenville’s geographic isolation as the current models for funding the town, school, and hospital work to diminish our funds despite our demonstrated needs. When last we heard from the State, it appeared that the Greenville schools would receive approximately $27,000 more than we did last year. Prior to this, the state had first calculated a $124,000 drop in funding this year as compared to last, and then a plan to flat-fund our portion of state aid for education from last year. What we will ultimately receive is still to be determined.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

11. Letter to MDOT, Reference Winter Maintenance of Route 15: The attached letter was sent to Commissioner David Cole nearly two weeks ago, and as yet, there has been no response. Road conditions continue to be marginal as compared to how they were maintained previously by the Shirley-based crew. I welcome the Board to make their own individual attempts to contact the MDOT Commissioner in response to these issues, and to urge the Commissioner to re-establish a Shirley-based crew for the winter season.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

12. Additions to the Agenda (if any):

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

13. Warrants

14. Adjourn

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