Greenville Selectmen's Meeting Agenda
6:30 PM Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at Greenville Municipal Building

Present at meeting:

1. Minutes from Special Meeting of July 30, 2003:

Motion to Accept:_________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda:

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion: ________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

3. Public Hearing – Possible Purchase of Snowmobile Trail Grooming Equipment: At the request of Chairman Eugene F. Murray, Sr., I have called this public hearing to consider the possible purchase of another snowmobile trail groomer. I have attached some background information on the needs of this current program, the possible scenarios to address those needs, and a financing plan for each. My recommendation – as indicated months previously – is for the Town to retain the two groomers it currently owns and add a next-to-new Piston Bully to the fleet. Such a purchase would likely cost the Town of Greenville only $45,000 out-of-pocket, and all of this would be paid back by the grant and donation proceeds of the program. The net cost to the Town of Greenville would remain as it has since the program began 7 years ago: $0. Members of the public, including snowmobilers and business owners in Greenville, will likely speak to the value of this program and the need to keep it whole.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

4. Bid Opening – 1967 Maxim Ladder Truck: Bids close for this truck at 4:00 PM Wednesday, August 20, 2003. The bids will be opened at the Board meeting. The Board retains the right to accept or to reject any or all bids. Proceeds from the sale of the truck will go into the Town of Greenville’s Fire Apparatus Reserve Account.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

5. Bid Opening – 1986 Ford Dump Truck: Bids close for this truck at 4:00 PM Wednesday, August 20, 2003. The bids will be opened at the Board meeting. The Board retains the right to accept or to reject any or all bids. Proceeds from the sale o the truck will go into the Town of Greenville’s Public Works Truck Reserve Account (Truck #2).

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

6. Municipal Sand Pile: Several contractors have asked if they would be able to place material in the Town’s sand-pile this year, or to use a portion of the pad for their own sand, as was the case last winter. There were no problems with the separation of the piles last winter, although the separation did limit the total space available for sand pile construction. Previous co-mingling of the contractor’s sand with the Town’s sand required a 25% surcharge paid by each contractor for this arrangement. The Town of Greenville typically ended the year with left-over sand in the pile which belonged to the Town, and also a credit added to the sand-pile account of around $4,000. In discussion with PW Foreman Mike Thornton and Bookkeeper Cindy Hanscom, the previous arrangement was of minimal distress and frustration to either department. Still, the contractors were told last year (in writing – attached) that the winter of 2002-2003 would be the last year they would have access to the pad. I am asking for direction by the Board and possible direct instruction from the Board to the contractors seeking use of the pad this year.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

7. Appeals Board Appointments: Previously, the Board of Selectmen tabled the appointment of new Appeals Board members until the openings could be advertised further and interested parties could be invited to attend a Selectmen’s meeting to discuss the appointment directly with Board members. I have contacted the parties who have made their interest known, and have invited them to come to this meeting to meet with the Board and to possibly be appointed to the Appeals Board.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

8. Wood Composites Incubator Project Update: Progress continues on the Wood Composites incubator Project. I have attached a brief written summary of our progress to date, and will discuss further at the meeting various aspects of the project. Overall, I am pleased with the progress being made on this project.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

9. Special Town Meeting: There are a handful of topics which may warrant a Special Town Meeting in the near future. Those topics are as follows:
A. Acceptance of CDBG Funds for Wood Composites Incubator and Junction Wharf projects
B. Possible Sale of Land Behind the Municipal Parking Lot
C. Possible Request to Borrow Funds for Snowmobile Trail Groomer
D. Possible Rubbish Pickup / Littering Ordinance (see attached)
E. Possible Slum / Blight Designation for Junction Wharf for CDBG Funding Purposes

Discussion of these items and possible action on a date for a special town meeting would be helpful.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

10. Tax Reform: At the suggestion of Selectman Burt Whitman, I am adding an agenda item regarding current tax reform initiatives under consideration by the legislature. In addition to Maine Municipal Association’s (MMA’s) proposal, the Governor has submitted to the Legislature a potential competing measure for the November 2004 general election ballot. The Taxation Committee is re-working this proposal and considering several others. The full legislature will return to session Thursday, August 21 to possibly take action on tax reform.

This is a volatile issue but one which needs to be made volatile before any significant action may occur. I have attached a copy of my recent letter to the editor, which has been submitted to the Moosehead Messenger in response to their August 13 guest editorial discussing tax reform. I stress in my letter that I am speaking as a private citizen, not for the Board of Selectmen or the Town as a whole. I urge the Board of Selectmen to discuss this issue and to consider either a letter to the Editor, a letter to our legislative delegation and to the Governor, or some combination. Greenville is suffering greatly from the effects of the current tax structure in the State of Maine: our property values are climbing high, and our revenues are swiftly shrinking, resulting in ascending tax rates regardless of municipal discretionary spending. I urge the Board to take a stand on this important issue.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

11. Housing Rehabilitation Warrant and Update: A standard housing rehabilitation grant program warrant is attached for your review and for your signature at the meeting. I will give the Board a brief update on plans to proceed with an application for Housing Rehabilitation funds in 2004. Certain program changes to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program will work in our favor in 2004.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

12. Liquor License Request – Fly-In: This is the standard liquor license permit request for the catered meal on the Katahdin. The Police Chief and I recommend approval.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

13. Executive Session – Property Negotiations: It may be in the Town’s best interest to begin negotiations on a certain piece of property. As it would diminish the Town’s bargaining position were this discussion held in public session, I recommend that the Board enter Executive Session for this discussion.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

14. Additions to the Agenda (if any):

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

15. Warrants

16. Adjourn

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