Present at meeting:
1. Minutes from Meeting ofAugust 21, 2002
2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda
3. Update on Police Department Activities – Chief Duane Alexander
4. Greenville Gazebo Concert Series Wrap-Up:The Town of Greenville has been witness to
a very positive gazebo concert series, orchestrated this year almost single-handedly by North
Country Healthy Communities Executive Director Sue Crippen.Sue has provided some
information to me regarding how we made out each concert in terms of donations and the we
have the final budget results for the 9-week series, which this year cost the Town of Greenville
$0.I have also drafted a letter to the editor, outlining the success of the series and our intention
to see the project continue next year.I have also drafted for your consideration a letter from the
Board of Selectmen to Sue, thanking her for her efforts this year in organizing the concerts.
5. Rubbish Pickup at SandyBay: In an effort to secure a location for rubbish pickup at Sandy Bay, I have been trying to identify and to contact the owners of Buck Lane, the private camp road on which it would make sense to have rubbish pickup of trash for SandyBay residents now that the usual location is no longer an option.No one from SandyBay seemed to know who owns the road, so I did not make contact nor did I authorize residents to leave their trash at the end of the road nor to have our contractor pick up trash there.However, some residents have taken it upon themselves to leave trash at the end of the road, and once this occurred, one of the owners of the road came forward and met with me in my office.David Finnegan made it clear that he does not want trash pickup on his road, due to concern for litter and pollution, not to mention added traffic.At his request, I have had a “No Dumping” sign installed at the end of Buck Lane.
We are back to the drawing board.I will review the Town’s options and report back to you at
the September 4 meeting.
6. Recycling Center Update & Discussion of Volumes and Charges to Piscataquis
and SomersetCounties: At the last meeting, I gave the Board of Selectmen a report on the
current state of mandatory recycling and the operation of our recycling center.You directed me
to implement my recommendations, which are underway.The Board further requested that I
bring information to the Board regarding the current volumes sent to our center from the Lily
Bay Transfer Station and from the Rockwood Transfer Station, both of which pay by the ton to
ship their material to us for processing.I will have that data for you at the meeting, and I maintain
my recommendation that our prices per ton should increase significantly, and that the proceeds
from this revenue should be used to implement improvements to the recycling center.
7. Industrial Park Lot Sales: Interest in our Industrial Park Lots continues.Although as of this draft I have still yet to receive a letter from E.J. Carrier, we have now two interested parties for purchase of a lot on the end of Cotas Drive.Previously, Dave Hall (DBA Dave’s Auto) expressed interest in the lot to develop a metal fabrication business.Recently, Sean Bolen (DBA Moosehead Rubbish) has expressed interest in the lot to house a maintenance garage for his equipment.I have spoken with both parties and have asked them to come to the Selectmen’s meeting to further explain their plans.I believe either of these businesses would be appropriate for this lot, considering the recent sales in this section of the park.
I have also drafted a letter for the Board to consider signing which is addressed to Ira Gray and
Stephen Hinckley.These two individuals purchased a total of three lots last year in an effort to
develop a small cedar sawmill operation.Despite the deed covenant requiring such development
within one year, no building has been constructed on any of the three lots.The one year mark
will be reached by the end of September, 2002.The Board of Selectmen has previously
indicated an interest in reclaiming these lots if the terms of the deed covenants are not met.I will
try to contact Ira Gray prior to this meeting.
8. Appointment of Trustee to the Shaw Library Board of Selectmen: A while back,
Everett Parker gave his resignation to the Shaw Library Board of Trustees.As is practice, the
Board of Selectmen should appoint a replacement until the next municipal election.After having
advertised the opening for several weeks, a less-then-lengthy list has been generated.I
recommend the Board of Selectmen appoint the only interested party who has come forward –
Deana Ryder - to the Board of Trustees for the Shaw Public Library.
9. Possible Acquisition or Disposition of Town-Owned Property Related to Economic
Development (in this case, the proposed Wood Composites Incubator Center): As per
Maine Statute, the Board of Selectmen may enter Executive Session to discuss the
above-referenced issue.I have updates for you on this project, and also some recommendations
for action you may take once returning to regular session of the meeting.
10. Right-of-Way in Industrial Park Next to Proposed Maine Lumber
Development: Attached please find a copy of a map indicating a right-of-way which is held by
the Town of Greenville from the Greenville Steam Plant Road to lot 3-4, which is
land-locked.This lot is now owned by David Sinclair, and will be integrated into the Maine
Lumber project.In my opinion, the right-of-way no longer serves any purpose, and should be
discontinued to allow more efficient development of the Maine Lumber Project.I will have
information for you on how to accomplish this, if the Board so desires to do so.
11. Proposed SpecialTown Meeting Date and Warrant: There are a variety of issues which
require attention via Special Town Meeting.The driving force behind such a meeting is the need
to be able to accept the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds necessary for
the Maine Lumber project to proceed in the Industrial Park.There are related issues necessary
for Special Town meeting vote, all of which I have outlined in a rough draft Special Town
Meeting Warrant, which is attached for your consideration.Other non-related issues for Special
Town Meeting consideration include, but are not limited to, funding the Town’s proposed
donation to the IF&W Multijurisdictional Patrol Boat, development of the Wood Composites
Incubator project, possibly others.I recommend using Thursday, September 26, 2002 as the
meeting date, which would allow the Board one additional meeting to formalize the warrant and
to post it 7 days before the meeting.
12. Pole Permits for Central Maine Power Company: Copies attached – recommend
13. Maine Municipal Association’s property Tax Reform Proposal for a Citizen’s
Initiative Ballot Question: I have had the privilege to serve on MMA’s Tax Reform Steering
Committee over the past couple of months, and I have helped to craft the proposal now being
put forth by MMA.The concept is to collect sufficient signatures within the next 5-6 months to
ensure that the Secretary of State will add to the November 2003 ballot a simple question: “Do
you want to provide broad-based property tax relief by requiring greater financial support from
the State for elementary and secondary public school costs and establish a plan for state,
regional and local governments to address the overall tax burden in Maine?”.I will have more
information at the meeting regarding this proposal, which includes a resolution for the Board to
consider adopting showing support for the proposal.In short, this proposal requires the State
of Maine to fund K-12 education at the 55% level, and to also fund special education costs at
100%.How this would be paid for will be up to the legislature to decide – MMA has numerous
models which would make the appropriate $200 million shift from property tax revenues to
other revenues.I recommend that the Board support this proposal fully.
14. Additions to the Agenda (if any):