Greenville Selectmen's Meeting Agenda
6:30 PM Wednesday, March 15, 2006 – Municipal Building

Present at meeting:

1. Public Hearing – Business Assistance Grant for Wharf at Kelly’s Landing.

2. CDBG Phase I Grant Application: This item allows for the Board to take any action deemed relevant after the public hearing for the proposed Business Assistance Community Development Block Grant for the HW Wharf.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

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3. Minutes from Meeting of March 1, 2006:

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Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

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

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

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5. Moosehead Outdoor Leadership School (MOLS) Project Development: The Town of Greenville and the Greenville School System have lamented for years the negative impact on the budget of declining student enrollment. The declining enrollment also has a longer-term negative impact (one could argue) on the workforce available in Greenville. Discussed for years has been the idea of developing an additional educational adjunct at the Greenville Schools to encourage enrollment, and to make the most of our competitive advantage, being located on Moosehead Lake and at the gateway to the Maine Woods. Ideas of a “summer academy” for outdoor education have also been discussed, as has the development of a private-component to the campus, not dissimilar from the Carrabassett Valley Academy’s world-renowned ski school. Indeed, our 1999 Comprehensive Plan advises that the Town should
-“foster the development of its workforce by supporting opportunities for education and training in jobs potentially available within the Moosehead Lake Region (Economic Development policy #13; p. 9);
-“support the development of the Natural Resource Education Center as a gateway orientation and education facility (Economic Development policy #5; p. 9);
-should encourage and support the school’s efforts to offer “cultural, recreational, adult education, and other programs, such as the 21st Century Community Learning Center Program” (Recreation policy #5; p. 12);
-“encourage the development of indoor recreational offerings, to provide activities for year-round and seasonal residents, and tourists, particularly when weather conditions discourage outdoor activities (Recreation policy #10; p. 12);
- “increase community education to encourage individual efforts to protect and to preserve natural resources (Natural Resources policy #3; p. 26).

In addition to these citations from the Comprehensive Plan, there are more defined recommendations in the 2002 population and demographic study originating from my office (“Greenville at the Crossroads”) spoke to the development of a summer academy, or private-school component at the Greenville Schools, focused on natural resource and outdoor recreation education. A copy of this study is attached.

This study was presented by the Moosehead Development Council to the Greenville School Faculty in 2003, and the various strategies offered in the study were asked to be rated by the faculty members. The faculty rated the development of such as an “outdoor education academy” as their first priority in regards to long-term economic development.

The idea has grown further since Superintendent of Schools Steve Pound and then-Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jonathan Pratt and I toured the Libra-funded Maine Winter Sports Centers in Aroostook County in 2004 and saw how outdoor recreation at a world-class level can be integrated into schools and communities (see attached report titled, “Choosing a Path”).

As the facility-improvement needs at the Greenville Schools become more dire, the Superintendent of Schools and I discussed an idea with Governor Baldacci in 2005 to add on to the rear of the high school and to possibly experience some long-term operational savings by having most if not all K-12 students under one roof. The Governor asked us for a plan for possible uses of the remaining two buildings (the Nickerson Elementary School and the current gymnasium), suggesting that outdoor education could play a role in their re-use. Following this conversation, the attached proposal titled “Moosehead Outdoor Leadership School” was drafted (March 2005). Outdoor education providers working in the area have shown interest in this proposal, as have possible funders ranging from Congress to private individuals to major corporations. Clearly, this is a proposal which is as timely and potentially beneficial to Greenville’s future as it is potentially controversial, complicated, and costly to implement (at first).

Superintendent of Schools Steve Pound and I suggest that the Board of Selectmen and School Union #60 jointly appoint a task force to develop a more detailed plan, including (but not limited to):

  1. Proposed facility changes and related costs;
  2. Proposed ownership and management of the facility;
  3. Proposed curriculum for K-12;
  4. Proposed fee-for-service programs to be offered at the facility and by whom;
  5. Possible college credit opportunities for those studying in the outdoor education fields;
  6. Comparative studies of similar private-public educational partnerships;
  7. Proposed outcome benchmarks;
  8. Recommended local actions and timeline.
The State Planning Office has funds for educational and municipal efficiency projects which may be applicable to this study. Ideally, the task force would complete their work within a year of appointment. There should not be any local funds needed for this task force’s work, provided SPO funds can be secured (see excerpts from 2005 SPO Report on Regional Efficiency Fund).

Many groups – including the Board of Selectmen and the Union #60 Board and Greenville School Committee all need to “kick the tires” on this large concept before proceeding. It is premature create the aforementioned task force, but Dr. Pound and I wish for the Selectmen (and the Greenville School Committee on March 21) to consider this concept and consider creating such a task force in the near future. Our cost of education will continue to rise if the phenomenon of youth outmigration does not change. Please review this data (the march 2004 MOLS report will be updated by Dr. Pound and I) for future action.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

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6. Greenville Business Incubator Update and Services Agreement with CTC: In addition to a brief update on the GBI, I ask that the Board consider the attached services agreement between the Town and the CTC. This document was previously drafted by the Town attorney and has been discussed by both the CTC and the Board of Selectmen, but neither has yet to act to adopt or to amend it. I recommend this agreement be discussed by the Board and an agreeable draft be sent to the CTC for their consideration at their April 13 meeting.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

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7. Town of Greenville Website: Our current website (www.GreenvilleME.com) was created and continues to be updated by Judy Craig of Dexter. The site has received accolades from the public and from the business community in the past. It currently needs upgrading, and a meeting has been set up for this Wednesday, March 15, with Judy Craig to discuss the site upgrades. There has been a request from a local website designer to “bid” on the maintenance of the site, and Beth Gaudet and I have discovered through Maine Municipal Association (MMA) a system by which Towns can maintain their own website with minimal effort. I firmly believe you get out of your website what you put into it, and we have paid a larger fee than many surrounding towns for the maintenance of our site, but our site regularly outperforms those of other communities. Please take a look at our site and come to this meeting with any suggestions you may have: Beth and I will report back to the Board the results of our discussion with Judy and our recommendations.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

8. Construction Demolition Debris Disposal & Proposed Fee: Although the Town has yet to receive definitive word from the DEP regarding the future of our landfill, it is clear that there will be some degree of negotiation. If we have to close the landfill and develop a transfer station, construction demolition debris (everything from shingles and Typar to mattresses and sofas) will need to be collected and hauled away to another facility, such as Waste Management in Norridgewock or Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation (PERC) in Orrington. If the landfill is allowed to stay open, one corrective action which would (1) assist in diminishing possible groundwater contamination; (2) would prepare the public (and contractors) for the inevitable development of a transfer station and associated fee system; (3) would possibly allow for greater capacity at the landfill for the development of a larger Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) pile; and (4) would create added revenue to off-set added costs would be to collect demolition debris into a roll-off container, collect a fee for items disposed of in this manner, and ship the material off-site. I recommend that the Board look into such a fee and disposal system (which are common at other facilities), schedule a public hearing on the same once a draft proposal has been developed, and add this proposed fee to the 2006 annual town meeting warrant.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

9. Snow Drought Issues Update: Considering the lack of snow this winter, many Greenville businesses which depend upon the winter season for commerce are suffering financially. The attached letter to Governor Baldacci asks for his administration’s consideration of ways to assist those affected businesses. I have also asked Penquis CAP and Eastern Maine Development Corporation to develop a meeting of business assistance service providers in Greenville later this month to explore means to assist those affected businesses.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

10. Snowmobile Program Update: The winter season is nearly over, and we have had the fewest days of open snowmobile trails in recent memory. Still, the new arrangement between the Town of Greenville and the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club (MRSC) appears to have worked very well in regard to focusing our scant resources and improving our equipment. In light of the March 18, 2006 Annual Banquet for the MRSC, I would recommend the Board offer their input to this year’s program so that I might report this to the club at the banquet. The Snowmobile Trail Grooming Committee formed by the Board of Selectmen has unanimously recommended continuing this management agreement between the Town and the MRSC next year.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of :__________________________________________________

11. Additions to the Agenda (if any):

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

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12. Warrants

13. Adjourn

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