PRESENT: Chairman Hathaway, Councilor Michaels, Councilor Friedman and Councilor Kelly, Staff--Town Manager B. Reed and Assistant Clerk K. Gifford, Police Chief Mark Leonard, members of the Veazie Police Chris Watson, Donna Downing, Lee Miller, Dain Bryant, Daniel Worcester, Ralph Bridges and Robert Gould. Penquis Cap Representatives Steve Moores, Tom Lewis, members of the public Coda Little and Fred Gagne. Councilor Cheney was excused.
ITEM 1. The November 19, 2001 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:00 PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion By: Councilor Friedman to accept November 5, 2001 minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Michaels, Vote 4-0 in favor
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda: Fred Gagne asked to be added to the Agenda. The Council added him as 5b under Old Business.
ITEM 4a. Public Comments: There were no comments from the public.
ITEM 5a. Senior Housing update Penquis CAP:
Tom Lewis and Steve Moores were in attendance to give a brief presentation on the Senior Housing Project. Their presentation included the following items:
1. Project Update and Schedule
Steve stated that the project is very close to schedule and was very pleased with the way things were going. Steve stated that he noticed a lot of enthusiasm from the community. He is keeping a superficial sign up list until they can get actual applications out.
Tom Lewis stated that they are in the closing mode and hoping to get bids back on November 29th, they also have a tentative closing date of December 6th, but expect it to roll further into the month. Tom stated that all financing is in place, tax agreements are in place and the partnership is in form. The name is Graham School Senior Housing Associates Limited Partnership.
2. Survey prepared by CES, Inc.
Tom and Steve showed the survey prepared by CES, Inc. as well as the site plan. Chairman Hathaway asked if the lobby would be staffed at all times, Steve stated it wouldn t be. He also asked if the vestibule would remain, Tom stated that it would.
3. Portion of Flagg Street to be discontinued
Tom stated that the discontinuance of Flagg Street was necessary for the project because they needed 2.6 acres to get the 20 unit facility. Tom explained that even though the Town would be discontinuing this public right of way street, the Town would still hold an easement to travel through and access the land behind the proposed site of the Senior Housing facility. Manager Reed stated that this process would be fairly easy to do. The Town is the only abutter in the process, and where the Town will be giving itself back the easement there is no damage to the public.
4. Purchase and Sale Agreement;
Tom stated that this is a straight up purchase and sale agreement, the only change in it will be the type of deed, it will be a Municipal Quitclaim Deed. The deed was prepared by Rick Stevens and is prepared for the signatures of the Council members or they can give Manager Reed the authority to change anything and sign it individually.
5. Municipal Quitclaim Deed was reviewed by the Town Council
6. Option Agreement was reviewed by the Town Council
7. Non-Exclusive Lease Agreement was reviewed by the Town Council
8. Easement Deed was reviewed by the Town Council
9. Credit Enhancement Agreement was reviewed by the Town Council
Motion By: Councilor Friedman--to authorize the Town Manager to sign on behalf of the Council members the following documents; Purchase and Sale Agreement, Municipal Quitclaim Deed, Option Agreement, Non-Exclusive Lease Agreement, Easement Deed, and Credit Enhancement Agreement. Seconded: Councilor Michaels, Vote 4-0 in favor
Councilor Friedman and Chairman Hathaway both expressed their happiness with the project. They stated that they have been talking about this project for a while and it was good to see that things were finally taking off.
ITEM 5b. Fred Gagne requested an executive session to discuss economic development.
Motion By: Councilor Friedman to move into executive session to discuss economic development issues at the request of Fred Gagne of Gagne Precast. Seconded: Councilor Michaels, Vote 4-0 in favor
Motion By: Councilor Friedman to move the Council Meeting back into regular session. Seconded: Councilor Michaels, Vote 4-0 in favor
Motion By: Councilor Friedman to authorize the town manager to have economic development issues and buffer issues along Ridgeview Drive to also include RPM Automotive addressed with abutter (Larkin/Chimpaco). Seconded: Councilor Michaels, Vote 4-0 in favor
ITEM 6a. Police Department Update
The newly appointed Police Chief, Mark Leonard was in attendance to introduce new members of the Police Department to the Council. New members included Chris Watson, Donna Downing, Lee Miller, Dain Bryant, Daniel Worcester, Ralph Bridges and Robert Gould. Chairman Hathaway welcomed the new members and thanked them for coming. Councilor Friedman and Chairman Hathaway both stated that the Police Department has the full support of the Council and expressed their appreciation and the citizen s appreciation for the work they do. Chief Leonard also thanked the Council for his appointment.
ITEM 6b. Appointment of Beckie Woods to Registrar of Voters
Manager Reed stated he would like to appoint Beckie Woods to Registrar of Voters.
Motion By: Councilor Friedman to authorize the Town Manager to appoint Beckie Woods to Registrar of Voters. Seconded: Councilor Kelly, Vote 4-0 in favor
ITEM 7. Manager s Report:
7a. Letters that Allan Thomas sent out to the owners of the RPM facility. One was sent to Gary Parent as the mortgage holder and one sent to Robert Morrarty as the person in possession. The letters outlined the necessary enforcements. Manager Reed stated there should be a set number of automobiles that can be parked there at a time. Manager Reed stated that he and Allan Thomas had done some calculations and found that around six to eight cars could fit in the small area behind the RPM facility.
7b. Veazie Fire Department s monthly report
7c. The school committee s minutes and agenda
Councilor Michaels had some concerns with the demolition of the school. Manager Reed stated that there is a tremendous variable due to the fact that the school had abandoned a lot of equipment in there, for example old Apple computers. People had concerns that some of the computer boards were considered hazardous waste. The Town has been in touch with Crowe Enterprises. Manager Reed also stated another concern with the demolition, a 20 ft. wide by 10 ft. deep pit in the cellar.
Councilor Michaels also had a question about Bangor High School not accepting any more tuition students. Manager Reed stated that he had understood that they are making up a waiting list program in the coming year.
ITEM 8. Requests for Information/Council Comments:
There were no requests or comments.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 11 & 11A, Town Payroll Warrant 11, School Warrant 9, School Payroll Warrant 9, and School Lunch Warrant 9, were circulated and signed.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion By: Councilor Friedman--to adjourn November 19, 2001 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Kelly there was no further discussion. Voted 4-0 Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.