Greenville Selectmen's Meeting Agenda
6:30 PM Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at Greenville Municipal Building

Present at meeting:

1. Minutes from Meeting of November 5, November 19, and December 3, 2003:

Motion to Accept:_________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

2. Additions / Deletions to the Agenda – Public Comment Period:

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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3. Police Chief’s Update:

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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4. Snowmobile Trail Groomer Grant Request Issuance and Financing Award: Due to time constraints, I have issued a request for proposals for bank financing for the purchase of our new snowmobile trail groomer and drag. These proposals will have been tabulated and analyzed by the time of the Selectmen’s meeting. Both the USDA Rural Development Grant and the State of Maine Snowmobile Trail Grooming Equipment Capital Purchase grant are about to be submitted and have yet to be received. I recommend that the machine be financed fully through a general obligation bond, and the amount be paid off early through these grant proceeds once they are received. We need to receive this machine and place it into service within the next thirty days.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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5. Rubbish / Landfill Solutions: Chairman Eugene F. Murray, Sr., has requested that Board members come forward with proposals at this meeting which will result in long-term solutions to the Town’s on-going rubbish collection and landfill problems. I have asked our landfill engineer – Shawn Small, P.E., of Civil Engineering Services, Inc. – to attend this meeting to help in the formulation of a solution. With Shawn’s assistance, I have drafted a recommendation for solid waste collection and disposal which should resolve these on-going problems. I urge the Board to embrace these recommendations.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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6. Proposed Dog-Sled Race in Greenville: A few local dogsledders and some interested Greenville citizens have approached the Town of Greenville, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club about establishing an annual dogsled race starting and ending in Greenville Junction. I have attached a memo on these meetings and proposal. I recommend that the Board of Selectmen endorse this proposal.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:_______________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

7. Update on Wood Composites Incubator Project: Plans are coming together for this facility. There are going to be some personnel changes in the Composites Technology Centers Corporation. There will be an update on the project given to the Board of Trustees for the Moosehead Sanitary District January 8, 2003. I urge any members of the Board of Selectmen so inclined to attend this meeting with the MSD Trustees. We expect to go out to bid for a general contractor in late February / early March 2004.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

8. Property Tax Abatement Request: There is one abatement request which has yet to be reviewed by our Agent for the Board of Assessors. If it is reviewed in time for this meeting, I recommend that the Board review the request and the agent’s recommendation.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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9. Update on Junction Wharf Project: The need to rebuild the Junction Wharf to relieve pressing life-safety issues and functional liabilities grows more dire each season. Although we have yet to secure the funding necessary to re-build this facility, I wish to review the financial strategy and possible timeline for work on this project.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

Motion Passed / Failed by vote of:__________________________________________________

10. Letters of Support for Federal Biomass Tax Credit / State Initiative to Support Biomass Plants: Our largest industrial employer – the Greenville Steam Company – struggles in a semi-regulated energy market which currently is disadvantageous to biomass power production. However, there are some initiatives at the federal and the state levels which could help small biomass power plants such as the one in Greenville. I recommend that the Selectmen sign a letter to Maine’s Congressional Delegation, requesting they strongly support a federal biomass tax credit. I also recommend the Board send a letter to Governor Baldacci requesting that he support the findings of his Conference on Natural Resource Based Industries which call for incentives such as “Green Energy”, which would bolster the biomass energy production industry. I have invited Greenville Steam Plant General Manager Scott Hersey to meet with the Board to discuss these initiatives.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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11. Development for 7 Minden Street – New Town Office, Police Station: With Town Meeting approval given, the Board of Selectmen is set to close on the property located t 7 Minden Street on January 9, 2004. The intent o this purchase is to develop a new municipal building which would house some of our Town Departments and functions, possibly including the clerks, CEO, Town Manager and Police Department. A new meeting space would ideally be created in this new building. I recommend the Board of Selectmen appoint a subcommittee of Selectmen and Town Employees to develop a plan for how to develop this property and how to best utilize / renovate the current municipal building for its remaining functions.

Motion:________________________________________________________________________

Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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12. Additions to the Agenda (if any):

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Motion Made By:___________________ Second to Motion:________________________

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13. Warrants

14. Adjourn

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