Greenville Selectmen's Meeting
October 02, 2002 - 6:30 PM at Greenville Municipal Building

Present at meeting:

1.Public Hearing – Possible Streetlight Relocation: As the attached public hearing notice indicates, there are some possible changes to be made in where streetlights are located.As the attached 2002 Annual Town Meeting Warrant indicates, the Board of Selectmen was given permission to hold such a hearing, and to make changes based on suggestions heard at the Public Hearing.If there is public support for the changes I have recommended, I think the Board should approve them.

2. Minutes from Meeting of September 18, 2002:

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3. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda

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4. Update on Police Department – Police Chief Duane Alexander

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5. Final Results of Public Works / RecyclingCenter Construction & Enhancements: The results of a building inspection conducted September 20, 2002 shows that all of the required work specified in the contract for this building have been completed.The only remaining concern is the enduring nature of some of the work completed.For example, the liquid tar used to seal the hole in the metal roof may or may not hold up as the roof heats up on hot summer days.Although the vent pipe for the bathroom has been extended through the roof, the employees still smell an overpowering odor from the bathroom.The licensed plumbing inspector for the unorganized territory of Moosehead Junction Twp. has an appointment to review this part of the plumbing this week.The main electrical conduit which used to run on the outside of the building prior to the construction of the new addition remains unsecured within the new addition.Bob Ifill had indicated on the September 20 inspection that he would be willing to secure that the first of the week.As of this draft, the conduit remains unsecured.I am in the process of securing an electrician to secure the conduit.Finally, the two additional fuel tanks for the waste only burner have yet to be installed.In discussion the day of the inspection amongst the contractor, the Selectmen, and I, there seemed to be some confusion as to whether those tanks remained in the contract or not.I do not recall any agreement to remove them.As we are not immediately prepared to install these tanks, I would recommend purchasing them and storing them in the new building at the contractor’s expense, and then installing them at the Town’s expense.I will have a breakdown of the funds expended and the funds remaining at this meeting.

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6. Request to Reconsider “Scenic Corridor” Zoning Along Route 15: The attached letters from Jacques Benatar to myself and Code Enforcement Officer Dick Gould outline Mr. Benatar’s disagreement with the zoning of this part of Town.Despite Mr. Gould’s response to Mr. Benatar’s letter, Mr. Benatar persists in requesting action by the Board of Selectmen to set up a Special Town Meeting to reconsider this zoning.Both Code Enforcement Officer Dick Gould and Planning Board Chairman Bill Foley will be present to discuss this matter further with the Board of Selectmen.I believe the Planning Board’s recommendation should be given considerable weight in deciding whether or not to bring this to a SpecialTown meeting vote.The Planning Board will meet Wednesday night just prior to the meeting of the Board of Selectmen to discuss this and two other items.

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7. Request for Permission to Subdivide and SellIndustrial ParkLot – Richard Gould: Dick Gould and three other investors share the ownership of a 5.5 acre parcel in the Industrial Park.They are seeking to divide the property and sell of it to another party.As per the deed covenants and subdivision law, the owners need the permission of both the Town of Greenville’s Planning Board and also the Board of Selectmen to go through with the division and also the sale of part of the lot.Mr. Gould is asking for that permission.

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8. Executive Session – Possible Property Acquisition or Disposition Related to Economic Development:

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9. Recycling Issue – Breaking Down Cardboard: The question has been raised by a business owner in Greenville as to whether or not he has to break down his cardboard boxes prior to delivering them to the RecyclingCenter.The staff at the RecyclingCenter had asked me to post a public notice requesting that cardboard be broken down prior to curbside pickup or to delivery at the center.I have posted such a notice (attached).The question becomes, does the Board of Selectmen want to convert this request for voluntary action by the public into an enforceable rule, i.e., by deciding that no cardboard will be accepted at the RecyclingCenter unless it is broken down.The purpose for the request was to attempt to reduce the labor-intensive nature of processing cardboard at the recycling center.Upon request, most residents and businesses will break down their cardboard for us.But if one business is allowed to NOT break it down, then others may follow, and we will be back to square one.Although I would like to have all the cardboard broken down in order to make the RecyclingCenter more streamlined and to push back the growing need for more scheduled hours by our employees at the center, I also recognize that we have asked quite a bit of the residents and the business-owners in a very short period of time.If the public does not want to be told to break down its cardboard, but a majority of the businesses and the residents are willing to do so voluntarily, then I recommend leaving the request voluntary and re-evaluate it later, only if a problem arises.

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10.Recycling Issue – Request to Reconsider Fee Charged Per Ton to Outlying Communities: Sean Bolen, a contractor for both the LilyBay and the Rockwood transfer stations, has asked to meet with the Board of Selectmen to ask that you reconsider the recent increase in the fee to outlying communities for acceptance of recyclables at our center.At the last meeting, the Board increased the fee per ton from $33.85 to $75 per ton.I maintain that this price is just and should remain: the Town of Greenville has no obligation to these outlying areas to provide this service to them.In order to accept these materials, the Town of Greenville must set a fee per ton which protects the taxpayers who DO contribute to the costs of the Recycling Center from incurring added expense due to the contribution of recyclable materials from financially NON-CONTRIBUTING entities.I believe $75/ton does so, as the material I presented last time and I include again here shows.

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11. Request to PurchaseIndustrial ParkLot– Sean Bolen, DBA Moosehead Rubbish: Sean Bolen, DBA Moosehead Rubbish, is requesting to purchase lot #7 off Cotas Drive in the GreenvilleIndustrial Park.The cost for the lot will be $1,017.18, plus the pro-rated cost for electrical hookup, which will be an additional $648.90, or a grand total of $1,666.08.I have asked Sean to come to the Selectmen’s meeting to describe further what his business proposal is for this lot, to make sure he meets the same terms and conditions that have been asked of other lot purchasers, and for the Board to make a decision.A previous business interest in this lot – Dave Hall, DBA Dave’s Auto – has indicated that he is not yet ready to commit to this lot and does not expect the Board of Selectmen to hold the lot for him when another viable interest is ready to purchase it.If Sean Bolen’s business plans meet the terms and the conditions set by the Board previously, then I recommend selling the lot to Sean.

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12. Review of Compliance with Deed Covenants – Industrial Park Lots Purchased September 2001 by Steve Hinckley and Ira Gray: Attached please find a copy of the quit-claim deeds issued to Ira Gray and Steve Hinckley in September 2001 for lot numbers 1,3 and 5 along Cotas Drive in the Greenville Industrial Park.One of the conditions of the sale was an agreement by the purchasers to construct two buildings related to a cedar sawmill business to be located on the three lots.As per the deed covenants, these buildings need to be constructed within one year of purchase.The one year mark is September 30, 2002.As of today, no buildings stand on the lots.The lots were just recently cleared – no foundation work has begun as yet.

There remains strong interest from within the business community to purchase lots within our Industrial Park.Some business interests have asked if they could purchase these lots if the Town takes them back from Gray and Hinckley.Moreover, there are several recent lot purchasers who are watching close to see what the Town will do in this case: if the one-year condition is not enforced here, how can it be enforced for the other recent purchasers?Still, the proposed cedar sawmill would be a perfect fit for the Industrial Park, and Mr. Gray has told me he is working on developing the site, but his primary employment has slowed his progress on this project.

I will have photos of the lots in question for your consideration, as well as details from our attorney for how to proceed if the Board wishes to exercise its rights.I will also call Ira Gray and ask that he attend Wednesday night’s meeting.

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13. SpecialTown Meeting Warrant: For the past two meetings, the Board has contemplated a special town meeting for a variety of issues.I will have a possible draft prepared for your consideration at the meeting.

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14. 2002 Tax Valuation for the Greenville Steam Plant & the 2002-2003 Tax Commitment:All of the necessary tax calculations have been completed by our assessor and by Town Clerk Roxanne Lizotte.The only unknown factor is the value of the Greenville Steam Plant.I recommend that the Board of Assessors select a value for Greenville Steam, and also agree to a mil rate so that the tax commitment may be generated from our computer system.Once agreed to, the commitment paperwork can be generated and the Board of Selectmen may sign the commitment individually.The last two years, tax bills have gone out on or around the Columbus Day weekend.I would like for the Town to try to keep this schedule this year again, if possible.

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15. Resolution, Supporting Maine Municipal Association’s Citizen’s Initiative Referendum Question, Creating Property Tax Reform & Relief: Monday evening, September 30, 2002 at 7:00 PM, the Maine Municipal Association will host a public meeting for all interested parties to hear more details about their proposed tax reform initiative, to be brought before the voters in November 2003 as a citizen’s initiative referendum question.I have presented details regarding this proposal at the September 18 Selectmen’s meeting.As a member of the MMA Steering Committee which formed this proposal, I understand the proposal quite well and I remain supportive of it and urge the Board to adopt the attached resolution of support for the proposal.

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16. Resolution, Opposed to the Establishment of a Proposed Maine Woods National Park Visitor’s Center in Monson, Maine: Roxanne Quimby, a flamboyant and wealthy supporter of the proposed North Maine Woods National Park, has announced her plans to develop a visitor’s center in Monson, Maine for the proposed park.The Town of Greenville stands on record in adamant opposition to the creation of such a park, as do most of Maine’s Counties and many affected municipalities.I urge your consideration of a new resolution stating the Board’s opposition to the development of such a center as it promotes the creation of an unwanted and unnecessary federal facility which would eliminate the possibility of success for any wood products manufacturer located in or wishing to locate in the GreenvilleIndustrial Park.I truly believe the proposed Park has as much chance of success as do I winning the lottery (or the next Miss America pageant).But I also believe it is important that the regional and national press recognize that this proposal – in any manifestation – is UNWANTED in this area due to the devastating nature of the full proposal.I urge the Board to adopt such a resolution.

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17. Possible Addition of a Non-Binding Municipal Referendum Question Regarding the Establishment of a Casino in Greenville: The legislative task force established to explore the feasibility and the relative costs and benefits of a casino beings established in Maine has been meeting recently, and the issue has been brought forward in the state press.Several southern-Maine communities have even held referenda to determine if their municipality would want a casino located there.It strikes me that the entire state has focused on this possible money-making venture in Southern Maine, and has not entertained the notion of a Northern Maine location.In an effort to remind the rest of the state that we exist, I would recommend the Board authorize a non-binding public referendum question on the November Ballot to see if Greenville residents would favor a casino here.To make the question even less intimidating, the question could be asked through exit-polling on election day.I urge the Board to consider such a move.

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18. Additions to the Agenda (if any):

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19. Warrants:

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20. Adjourn:

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