PRESENT: Chairman Hathaway, Councilor Cheney, Councilor Michaels, Councilor Friedman and Councilor Kelly, Town Manager B. Reed, CEO A. Thomas, Police Chief M. Leonard, Fire Chief G. Martin and Assistant Clerk K. Gifford
ITEM 1. The December 3, 2001 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:00 PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion: Councilor Friedman to accept November 19, 2001 minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Michaels, Vote 5-0 in favor
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda: Councilor Friedman asked that the idea of creating a public safety director position be revisited. It was added under New Business as Item 6b. Manager Reed asked to add Police Chief Mark Leonard and Fire Chief Gerry Martin to the agenda to explain the events that occurred over the weekend at Duke Energy. This item was added under the Manager s Report. Chairman Hathaway asked to add a discussion on the Comprehensive Plan to talk about scheduling some neighborhood meetings. This item was added under New Business as Item 6c. Manager Reed also asked to add a discussion on Holiday issues. This item was added under New Business as Item 6d. Police Chief Mark Leonard asked to be added to
the agenda so he could update the Council on the activity of the Police Department. This was added under the Manager s Report.
ITEM 4. Public Comments: There were no comments from the public.
ITEM 5a. Update on GIS System: CEO Thomas stated that the second phase of the project is being incorporated. This involves taking the digital data Sewell has provided along with the information from the Comprehensive Plan and incorporating it into the GIS System. This includes aerial and topographical maps, property lines, etc. CEO Thomas stated that in the future hopefully it is going to make it possible for the clerks to register snowmobiles, cars, trailers, etc., by simply clicking on their house. This will be done by linking the GIS System to TRIO, the Town s electronic database. Manager Reed also added that there will be a DVD or CD with all this information on it in the future.
This will allow police officers and fire fighters who have laptops in their vehicles to obtain route maps or click on a house and find out who owns it and all the information pertaining to it. CEO Thomas stated he would also like to transition the tax database toward the mapping so you can click on a house and see what the taxes and valuation are.
Councilor Cheney asked if this was something other towns were doing or is this type of thing unique. CEO Thomas stated that other towns are trying it also. Manager Reed stated that Sewell had thought of featuring the Town in a showcase to show what small towns can do on a tight budget. Chairman Hathaway inquired about what type of things it can be used for. CEO Thomas stated that it can be used for code issues, encroachment and property issues. You will be able to see where hydrants, telephone poles and culverts are. You will be able to see where sewer lines, boundaries, property lines and easements are as well. CEO Thomas stated that this is a system that the Police Department, Fire Department, Town Office and the Planning Board can all utilize.
Chairman Hathaway stated that the system will help the Town in the planning division when deciding on subdivisions and such. CEO Thomas invited the Council members to his office after the meeting to show them how the system worked. CEO Thomas discussed possibly getting a projector in the future to be able to show things to the public and the Council.
ITEM 6a. Municipal Release:
Manager Reed asked for a motion to be able to sell a mobile home that the Town tax acquired. Councilor Cheney asked Manager Reed what the history of the trailer was. Manager Reed stated that the trailer had been abandoned and Cindy Wilcox had taken it over and wanted to bring it up to code and give it a clean slate. On August 24, 2001 Cindy Wilcox came in and paid the taxes that were still remaining due. Manager Reed stated that this is the third or fourth trailer that she has cleaned up. Councilor Cheney asked if the Town actually owned it. Manager Reed stated that the mobile home itself was tax acquired not the property and the Town doesn t really take possession of the trailer because we would have to go in and remove the trailer from the park. Chairman
Hathaway wanted to clarify what the $1,317.07 included. Manager Reed stated that it included interest, fees and all true costs. Essentially it is the total of all back taxes and fees paid up.
Motion By: Councilor Michaels to authorize the Town Manager to sell the 1987 mobile home that was tax acquired, as is, where is with no warrantees, to person in possession Cynthia Wilcox in consideration of all taxes paid. Seconded: Councilor Cheney, Voted 5-0 in favor
ITEM 6b. Public Safety Director:
Councilor Friedman stated that in light of September 11th