Present at meeting:
1. Minutes from Meeting of September 6, 2006:
2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda & Public Comment Period
3. Library Update and Governance Structure: The Town of Greenville, about 18 months ago, secured a legal opinion on the status of the library, and found that it is truly a department of the Town and that the Board of Trustees, while elected, is still an advisory committee of the Board of Selectmen. There are many projects / initiatives / improvements being planned or considered for the library. It is important for all parties concerned to be informed of these plans, and to clarify the governance structure for the library as we move forward with these projects.
4. Transfer of Septage Waste License to Moosehead Sanitary District: Pursuant to previous conversations between the Board of Selectmen and Moosehead Sanitary District (MSD) Trustees, a request for transfer of license for the Town’s septage waste land spreading operation has been submitted to the DEP. I have discussed with MSD Superintendent Eric Ward a proposed agreement between the MSD and the Town to protect the Town’s interests in this septage waste site operation. I recommend the Board review and ultimately agree to the transfer of this license and also the separate agreement with the MSD for septage waste land spreading.
5. Landfill License Determination and Next Steps: Following a meeting with the DEP Wednesday, September 13, the Town of Greenville will be required to submit a completed application for closure of the landfill in three years. We have been given the option of requesting more time to operate the landfill if we can show improving groundwater trends. The DEP officials explained to us that they do not believe these additional corrective actions will result in improved groundwater quality: engineer Shawn Small, PW Foreman Mike Thornton and I do believe groundwater quality will improve with these additional actions (if we did not, we would not have recommended them). Engineer Shawn Small will be present to go over our options in detail, and to walk us through the next steps. Regardless of the success of these additional corrective actions, we will need to plan for what to do with our solid waste after the landfill closes, which could be as soon as 3 years from now. This is an opportunity for the Town of Greenville to fully evaluate how it manages its solid waste (all of it) and what would be the most efficient and cost-effective manner to change how it does so, considering this order from the DEP.
6. FBO Lease – Airport: There has been previous discussion on this lease with the Board of Selectmen, the Airport Advisory Committee, and FBO Max Folsom, DBA Moosehead Aviation. Max has approached me about getting this lease renewed so that he may refinance his business at the airport. I have drafted a new lease with several additional components to it (different from the old lease). I will attempt to circulate this to both max and to the Board prior to the meeting. If this lease cannot be agreed to at this meeting, I would ask that the Board attempt to dispose of this item early in October. I believe we should renew the lease with max, with the added provisions so included.
7. Revaluation: The work of RJD Appraisals on the revaluation is complete, and the final work to commit taxes is nearly done as well. Obviously, several property owners have expressed concerns about the changes in value. I do believe RJD Appraisals has done a comprehensive and professional job in evaluating the actual value of real estate in Greenville. I have tentatively scheduled a meeting for the Board of Selectmen and Rob Duplissea of RJD Appraisals for Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 2:00 PM here at the meeting hall. Please let me know if this date and time works for the majority of the Board, and also please let me know if you have specific requests for information or questions for Rob prior to this meeting. The Board will have the opportunity to commit taxes for FY06-07 within the first two weeks of October.
8. Personal Property Abatements: These four personal property abatements correct errors or omissions in the current tax year. The Assessors, Town Clerk and I all recommend approval.
9. Reception with Monsieur Francois Gauthier, Consul General de France: The Town will host a brief reception for the French Consul General from Boston to discuss opportunities for a marked and advertised French cultural heritage trail through Maine (and Greenville) into Quebec, as per an international tourism proposal called the Champlain Initiative. I hope the Board will join me in greeting the Consul General this Saturday morning at 11:00 AM here in the Municipal Building Meeting Hall.
10. Maine Forest Products Council Annual Meeting and Liquor License Approval for Catered Event: The Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) will hold its annual membership meeting in Greenville September 24-25, 2006. The Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) and the Composite Technology Centers Corporation (CTC) will host a reception for the MFPC at the Greenville Business Incubator Monday, September 25 at 12:00 PM. Scott Hersey and I will speak of investment opportunities in the wood products field at the Greenville Business incubator, the Greenville Steam Plant, and throughout Piscataquis County. It would be great if some members of the Board of Selectmen could attend this reception, which will include a box lunch. Also, the MFPC will hold its annual banquet at Telford Allen’s Hangar at the airport on the evening of September 25: this will require a liquor license for the catered event. I recommend approval of this liquor license request from Jeff’s Catering.
11. Liquor License Renewal – Lodge at Moosehead: Recommend Approval.
12. Executive Session – Personnel Matter:
13. Executive Session – Property Negotiation:
14. Additions to the Agenda (if any):