1.Public Hearing and Subsequent Action – Parking Issues: At the July 17, 2002 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, the Board voted to hold a public hearing at the beginning of its next meeting to respond to a complaint about poor visibility at the intersection of Lakeview Street and Pritham Avenue. The specific complaint was that when large vehicles (e.g., pickup and boat trailer) are parked on the shoulder of Pritham Avenue near the corner of Lakeview Street, it is difficult to see traffic coming from the blinking light when turning onto Pritham Ave., especially when turning left. Police Chief Duane Alexander and I both agree that parking on this piece of shoulder should be eliminated for safety reasons. Subsequent discussion by the Board brought up the possibility of restricting parking elsewhere in this area, in particular on the blinking-light side of the Eveleth Hill / Pritham Avenue intersection. I do not believe that this side of the intersection warrants additional no parking spaces, and I further believe it would have a highly detrimental impact on the immediately adjacent business. I have discussed these proposals with MDOT Traffic Engineer Red Robbins, who agrees that the parking on the shoulder by Lakeview Street should be eliminated, but that the opposite side of the intersection is not as great a concern, and could be left as it is. Red makes a valid point that if one or even two spaces were eliminated on the Eveleth Hill side of the intersection, large vehicles would still park further down the street and still partially obstruct the view. I believe eliminating parking on this side of the road would result in a significant inconvenience to business for marginal improvement of safety. Mr. Robbins also confirmed that Greenville does not have any high crash intersections, as identified by the MDOT. A high-crash intersection is one which has had more than ten crashes in the past 3 years. Pending comments by the public, I recommend that the Board consider banning parking on the shoulder on the lakeside of Pritham Avenue, two car lengths from the intersection of Lakeview Street and Pritham Avenue.
2. Minutes – July 3 & July 17 Meetings
3. Request for Liquor License & Special Entertainment Permit Renewal – Bob Ifill, DBA Moosebreath Saloon: Chief Alexander reports no police issues with the Moosebreath Saloon due to either their serving alcohol or having live entertainment. The Chief and I recommend approving the renewal of both permits.
4. Rubbish Pickup at Sandy Bay: Roughly three weeks ago, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection contacted Code Enforcement Officer Dick Gould to request his assistance in closing off a public rubbish collection area off Lily Bay Road near Sandy Bay. The landowner where the rubbish had been left by nearby Sandy bay residents and also from the general public complained that (a) the rubbish pile was a nuisance, and (b) the contents of the rubbish were a potential groundwater hazard. The DEP did not have a field agent available to post signs at the site declaring it illegal to dump rubbish – Dick requested (with my permission) that the police post some signs, declaring it illegal to dump rubbish there. Since this posting, the residents of Sandy Bay have been without curbside trash pickup. We have advised them to use the landfill and to use the recycling center during regular hours. To be consistent with rubbish pickup offered elsewhere in Town, I recommend that the Board of Selectmen authorize our contractor (Sean Bolen of Moosehead Rubbish) to pick up trash at another site, preferably NOT along Lily Bay road or within eyesight of Lily Bay road, to limit the dumping of non-Sandy Bay area trash. Sean and I will have some options for the Board to consider at the meeting. I have heard from many residents at Sandy Bay, all of whom are very concerned about this matter. Many have said they will be in attendance at this meeting.
5. Monthly Update – Police Chief Duane Alexander
6. Vestibule Construction for Entrance to Shaw Public Library – Library Trustee Linda McBrierty: Linda McBrierty of the Shaw Public Library Board of Trustees spoke to me recently to see what could be done to resolve a safety issue at the library. The issue is the front door, which is often caught by the wind coming off Moosehead Lake, and slams shut prematurely. This wind action has resulted in two minor injuries, one being a worker's compensation claim. The Board of Trustees has solicited bids for the construction of an entryway – a vestibule – to be attached to the front door which would offer some protection from the wind. The Trustees want to build something permanent, something which would blend in with the existing architecture. To do so, the construction will be more detailed and more rugged, and the cost will be higher. The estimate they have received is for $7,000. Linda came to me to see what I would recommend for how to pay for this. Of course, we are outside our budget cycle. Only two courses of action come to mind. I recommend that (1) the Board of Trustees seek outside grant sources to pay for the addition, and (2) that the Board of Selectmen consider adding some or all of the cost for the vestibule to the warrant for the next special or regular Town Meeting. First and foremost, I believe the front entrance should be taken out of service, and one of the other entrances be used until the safety issue can be corrected.
7. Conveyance of Power Lines and Poles to Central Maine Power Company – Greenville Industrial Park: I have met with officials from Central Maine Power Company, who explain to me that in order to energize the lines leading to and into Cotas Drive, the Town must convey the poles to CMP. Also, there is a federal tax that must be paid by CMP for acceptance of the lines. By our calculations, that tax will result in about $2,200. Also, there must be some field work done to install one carrier pole between CMP's current lines and our first pole, as well as some work to the insulators which have blown on our poles, either from lightening strikes or target shooters. In short, it may cost the Town upwards of $5,000 to have these poles energized. The cost per acre for sale of the lots in the Industrial Park does NOT include any consideration for this one-time cost. Had I known this cost was going to occur, I would have recommended to the Board adding the roughly $625 per lot cost to the sale price for all eight lots along Cotas Drive. I will (hopefully) have a hard cost from CMP by the August 7 meeting. I urge the Board to consider sharing this cost with those who will benefit from the energizing of the poles. This could be done in the form of a letter to all of the parties stating that the Town will pick up $___ amount of the total cost, and that the Town requests payment of $___ per lot in order to have electricity brought to them. Such a contribution per lot would likely be less than $500, which is far less than what it would cost an individual lot owner to have our poles energized ($5,000+), or to start from scratch ($15,000+). The Town's share could come from the Economic Development Account, which is funded in part by the proceeds of Industrial Park lot sales.
8. Potential Lot Sales – Greenville Industrial Park: There are two remaining lots for sale by the Town of Greenville along Cotas Drive: lots 3-21 and 3-22. There are two current interested parties in these lots, with a third interested party who inquired twice previously, and has recently shown some interest. I will detail all three of these business interests to the Board at the meeting. The Board of Selectmen retain authority to sell or not to sell to any or all interested parties. I urge the Board to consider uses which are compatible with other businesses within the park, and to consider selling to the interest which will bring the greatest value to the lot in question. Also, I suggest that the Board of Selectmen not sell any of the lots around Sheridan Circle until the complete development plans for the Wood Composites Incubator are set. These lots may be needed for part of the Incubator project (with the possible exception of lot 3-10, the one closest to Cotas Drive). Also, the deeds for the last agreed-to sale of land in the Industrial Park – lots #4 and #6 to Warren and Marion McManus – are ready for the Board's signature. 9. Proposed “Moose-in-the-Rut” Fall 5K Road Race: I have suggested to several entities, including the Recreation Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, and the School that Greenville as a community and as a local economy would benefit from starting an athletic event in the fall which would become an annual attraction for tourists, as well as a healthy event for our residents to participate in. After a couple of meetings, the proposal has turned into an effort to have an annual 5K road race in the fall, tentatively named the “Moose-in-the-Rut” 5K (named by our own wise and learned runner and event designer Loren Ritchie). A group has formed to forward this proposal, which would be run by sponsorships secured by area businesses. I will have a full report for you at the meeting – I have sent previous updates to you last week. Although we can probably scrape by without it, I would welcome your permission to utilize up to $250 from the Economic Development Account for start-up expenses, such as a banner, awards, etc., for the race. We are currently looking to hold it Saturday, October 12, starting and stopping at the High School Gymnasium.
10. Housing Rehabilitation Program Update & Warrants: A new addition to this program is a warrant system by which the Board of Selectmen may review the expenses and revenues associated with this program. It appears in a different format from our Town payroll and accounts payable warrants because these funds do not go through our books. The funds for this program come from the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. These funds go to an escrow account (separate from our checking account, but still with the Town's name on the title), from which we write checks for expenses outlined by our grant administrator, Ron Harriman of Ron Harriman Associates in Bangor. It is common for a company hired to administer the grant to also administer the funds. It is actually a blessing to the Town as it one whole set of accounting functions which do not have to go through our bookkeeper. To satisfy the State of Maine, and for good form, we have developed this warrant system. Please review these expenditures to date and ask any questions you may have. Your signature simply assures the State of Maine that the Town is satisfied with the particular use of these funds. I have asked Ron to provide the Board with a written report, updating you on the progress of the Housing Rehabilitation Program.
12. Election Ballot for Maine Municipal Association 2003 Slate of Officers
13. Proposed Oil and Propane Bids: I have worked with Steve Pound at the school to devise this bid, which is very similar to last year. I will go over details at the meeting.
14. Quit-Claim Deed – Mark Fischer – Map 44, Lot 2: After foreclosure, this lot has sold and payment of ALL taxes due have been received by the Town. A quit-claim deed has been prepared for your signatures.
15. Letter of Consent Request by Eaton & Peabody: Erik Stumpfel of Eaton and Peabody has contacted me regarding the possible conflict of interest between his firm representing someone in the development of a subdivision project in Greenville. Obviously, Eaton & Peabody has and continues to represent the Town of Greenville on several matters and has done a fine job doing so. Erik has outlined possible (although remote) areas of possible conflict, and has proposed language to safely navigate around those areas. I believe the Town's interests are duly protected in this proposal, and I recommend the Board give the consent requested.
16. Any Other Business
17. Warrants & Adjourn