Greenville Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes

6:30 PM Wednesday, July 7, 2010– Municipal Building

 

Please note: This meeting may be pre-empted by a 6:00 PM Public Hearing on

ATV Access Route Implementation.

Present at meeting:             

   X     Chair Alan McBrierty                                 X     Vice-Chair Eugene F. Murray, Sr.             X     Selectman Bruce Hanson      

   X     Selectman Ellen Edgerly                            X      Selectman Richard Peat                            X      Town Manager John Simko

   X     Others (most of these names were in attendance for the Public Hearing – many stayed for the first portion of the Selectmen’s Meeting):

 

Stu Hegstrom, Piscataquis Observer; Bob Hamer, MLRCC; Wayne & Patrice MacArthur; Tom Wood; Robert Corsa; Linda O’Kane; Tom Pierce; Charlie Tarsook; Meghan Pierce; Phil Adams; Loren Ritchie; Chris Pierce; Pegeen Ranhosky; Joe Ranhosky; Dan Ranhosky; Mike Bushman; Dave Demers; Ken Snowdon; Tom McCormick; Faye Booker; Neil Hanson; Paula Hanson; Peter Dunham; Phillip P.; Henry Gilbert; Joe Morrissey; Nancy and Bill Higgins; Jane Macomber; Kevin Adrien; Richard Elsemore; Karen Elsemore; Kim Brady; Linda Hamilton; Pam Pound; Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau; Shana Cirulli; Bonnie DuBien; Mike Theriault; Code Enforcement Officer Jack Hart; Hope Otis; Mildred Kennedy-Stirling; Jon Hilton, Moosehead Messenger; Father Rob Reagan; Peter Kleim; Eric Ward.

 

 

1.                  Minutes from Meeting of June 16 & Special Meeting of June 28, 2010:

 

Motion to Accept:            Richard                      Second to Motion:     Gene

 

Motion Passed by vote of:          5-0.

 

2.                  Public Comment Period:            None.

 

3.                  Additions or Deletions to the Agenda:  Maine Municipal Association Legislative Policy Committee and Executive Committee Elections.

 

Motion:     Board agreed by consensus to add this item to the agenda.

 

4.                  ATV Access Routes:  Following a request from the business community to make the existing Pritham Avenue ATV Access Route permanent and a request from the Moosehead ATV Club to create a new ATV Access Route from Eveleth Hill to Foss Street, the Board of Selectmen has commissioned straw votes to gauge public opinion and has scheduled a public hearing on these requests to be held just prior to this meeting.  The purpose of this agenda item is for the Board of Selectmen to take action on these requests.

 

Motion:     Make Pritham Avenue ATV Access Route seasonally permanent under the same terms and conditions stated when originally created in 2009.

 

Motion Made By:            Bruce                          Second to Motion:     Ellen

 

Motion Passed by vote of:          4-1 (McBrierty opposed).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion:     Create a new ATV Access Route from Eveleth Hill to Moosehead Lake Road to Lily Bay Road to Foss Street for one year, beginning when the Multi-Use Perimeter Trail Opens, provided the Maine Department of Transportation authorizes the same over these state roads, under the same terms and conditions as the Pritham Avenue Route.  After one year this route will be evaluated by the Board of Selectmen to see if any changes should be made in this route. 

 

Motion Made By:            Ellen                           Second to Motion:     Richard

 

Motion Passed by vote of:          5-0.

 

5.                  Shaw Public Library Annex:     The Shaw Public Library Trustees, working closely with the Shaw Public Library Association, previously proposed to the Board of Selectmen an addition to the current library to alleviate overcrowding and create compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The plan would have resulted in a loan through USDA Rural Development which would have generated annual debt service payments to the Town of about $8,000/year.  In discussion with the members of the Board of Selectmen, the Library Association and Trustees understood that the Board of Selectmen would not support a proposal which would add debt service to the Town at this time.  Father Rob Reagan, President of the Shaw Public Library Association, has worked on developing an alternative plan which will meet the goals of expansion and ADA compliance without incurring any cost to the Town other than maintenance of the new space.  Father Rob and other members of the Library Association and Library Board of Trustees will be present at the meeting to explain this opportunity.

 

Motion:     Authorize Town Manager to work with the Library Association to further develop this project for use of the proposed Library Annex by the Town of Greenville at the Town’s expense.

 

Motion Made By:            Ellen                           Second to Motion:     Bruce

 

Motion Passed by vote of:          5-0.

 

6.                  Natural Resource Education Center Project Development:   The Building Committee for the proposed Natural Resource Education Center (NREC), Engineer Andrew Manning of Milone & MacBroom, Todd Pelletier of the Maine Department of Transportation, and Town Attorney Erik Stumpfel and others at Eaton & Peabody have been working diligently to pull together the necessary details to move this project forward.  Following a presentation at this meeting by our engineer and others, the Board of Selectmen should consider taking the following actions:

 

-          Authorize the Town Manager to act on behalf of the Town at the closing for the MDOT property on which the proposed building will be constructed; and

-          Approve the request for proposals for building construction prepared by our engineer.

 

Motion:     Authorize the Town Manager to act on behalf of the Town at the closing for the

MDOT property on which the proposed building will be constructed; and approve

the request for proposals for building construction prepared by our engineer.

 

                  Motion Made By:            Gene                                       Second to Motion:     Ellen

 

                  Motion Passed:    5-0.

 

 

7.                  Airport Hangar Development Project: All available space at the Greenville Municipal Airport which may be developed for new private or commercial hangars is currently developed and under lease.  A proposal by Eric and Jenny Ward to allow the Town to purchase a ~5 acre parcel of their land adjacent to the airport would allow for upwards of 16 new hangar spots.  The Wards previously proposed a through-the-fence lease arrangement which would have allowed them to develop hangars on their property and to then pay a fee for the right to taxi planes onto the airport.  However, the FAA would not permit such a lease.  However, the FAA supports and would fund through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) acquisition of this land for future hangar development.  The Airport Advisory Committee has reviewed this proposal and recommends then Town move forward with this project in 2011. 

 

Motion:     Authorize the Town Manager to move this project forward by including the request for funding for this project in the Airport’s Capital Improvement Program with the MDOT and FAA and to follow FAA-prescribed procedures to secure this property for hangar development.

 

Motion Made By:            Ellen                           Second to Motion:     Bruce

 

Motion Passed by vote of:          5-0.

 

8.                  Landfill Closure Project Update and Project Financing:       Town Manager John Simko will present a summary of activities surrounding landfill closure so far this year and planned for the rest of the construction season.  Also, the bid results for a general obligation bond of $300,000 to fund these closure activities will be presented with a recommendation. 

 

Motion:     Accept 8-year term at interest rate of 3.31% from Camden National Bank.

 

Motion Made By:            Ellen                           Second to Motion:     Gene

 

Motion Passed by vote of:          5-0.

 

9.                  Additions to the Agenda (if any):          MMA Elections

 

Motion:     Vote for slate of candidates as presented (and uncontested) on LPC and Executive Committee ballots and also to vote for Sophia Wilson, Town Manager of Brownville, for position of Vice-President of Maine Municipal Association.

 

Motion:     Made by consensus.

 

 

10.              “What’s on your mind?” – an opportunity for members of the Board of Selectmen to share questions, concerns, ideas or suggestions – informational only:

 

Ellen Edgerly noted that the Town’s 175th Anniversary is next year, and that the Town should help facilitate some sort of ceremony to celebrate that event. 

 

Richard Peat noted that Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau and the entire Police Department did a great job managing traffic during the many Fourth of July activities.  The other members of the Board agreed and added that all employees who worked on the events did an exceptional job this year.

 

11.              Adjourn:  20:39.