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Council Minutes 7/30/01
VEAZIE TOWN COUNCIL   JULY 30, 2001     7:00PM

PRESENT:        Chairman Hathaway, Councilor Kelly, Councilor Michaels, and Councilor Friedman.

Staff and consultants: Town Manager B. Reed, CEO A. Thomas, Supt. of Public Works B. Free, Fire Chief Martin, Resource Economist Robb Freeman. Members of the public:  J. Manter, P. Robinson, P. Plaisted-Mooney, T. Mooney, N. Huggard, and D. Huggard. Councilor Cheney had been excused.

ITEM 1. The July 30, 2001 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:00 PM.

ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion: Councilor Friedman to accept July 16, 2001 minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Michaels Vote 3-0-1 in favor

ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda:  Two items were added: 6B Conservation Committee appointment and 6C. Sand / Salt discussion.

ITEM 4. Public Comments: None made.

ITEM 5A.        Comprehensive plan update: CEO Thomas handed out summary documents of the comprehensive plan and issues a summary report of the project and where it stood. Resource Economist R. Freeman outlined the role that he played as an unbiased third party consultant that the Planning Board worked with over the last several years. He outlined the use of surveys, focus groups and other public input meetings that the planning board used while developing the document. He discussed the long-term plan of a community master plan. J. Manter discussed the document from the perspective of a planning board member and their input during the several year process. He also discussed the arrangement of the document and all of the reviews that the document will have to face over the next several months from the State, abutting communities and the public at large. Manager Reed outlined several key sections that the Town Council may be interested in. The Town Council had numerous questions and discussion topics on impact fees, rural versus urban growth and growth versus non-growth areas as defined in the plan. The session concluded and it was noted that the Planning Board would hold its first public hearing on the document at their next meeting (July 31, 2001).

ITEM 5B.        The manager detailed by way of receipt of a letter received by from the Kennetts attorney that they wished for the Town to purchase the property located on Rock Street from the estate. The Manager outlined that he had spoken with the Kennetts attorney after the last Town Council meetings and that the Kennetts attorney had asked that the item be discussed at the next meeting. At that point in time, Councilor Michaels detailed that the property had already been sold several days ago. The new owners (Mooney) confirmed the sale. The Town Manager then recommended that the Town Council take no further action on this matter. The Manager outlined that the Towns attorney had detailed that the Kennetts or new owners should review Title 23 for their course of action pertaining to the roadway issue. The Town Council took no further action.

ITEM 6a:        Nancy Huggard request: Mr. And Mrs. Huggard detailed their concerns and displeasure with the development of J.C. Auto. They detailed that they have experienced bad air quality ever since the facility has been open for business.

        The manager then outlined that CEO Thomas would present a time line of events and review what the Town had done to date as requested by Chairman Hathaway. The Town Council reviewed the time line and documents submitted by CEO Thomas. The manager then summarized the Town Attorneys letter and discussed what the Town is doing proactively. The manager detailed that the actions that the Town was taking at the present time was more than what was recommended by the Towns Attorney. It was noted that the Huggards had a legal course of action (private civil) that they could pursue with JC Auto. CEO Thomas noted that at the present time the monitoring conducted had not shown any recordable levels of VOCs at the property line and no air quality violations had been observed or documented.

Mr. and Mrs. Huggard discussed their displeasure of not seeing what the exhaust stacks looked like on the site plan documents. The Chairman discussed that the Towns attorney reviewed the stack issue.  A similarity was made to chimneys and stink pipes, which may or may not be drawn on the document. Allan detailed that disclosure was made during the site plan review process that a state of the art paint booth would be installed which would be much better than what JC Auto formerly had (direct vent). The Huggards then questioned the culvert extension that had been added on to their culvert. The manager outlined that he had not seen a change order so he did not believe that it was the Towns extension but possibly Silvers. He asked the public works director to look into the matter. The manager outlined that that the (Huggards) pipe did not need to be improved due to the fact that JC Auto had redesigned their drainage along Ridgeview drive into a new Town drainage basin. The manager outlined that he would have the Director looking to see whose change order it was (Silvers or the Towns).   

ITEM 6b:        Conservation Commission Appointment: Councilor Michaels motioned Councilor Kelly seconded to appoint Suzanne Malice-Anderson to the Conservation Commission for a one year term expiring 2002. There was no discussion. Voted 4-0. Motion of appointment passes.

ITEM 6c:        Salt / Sand Discussion: Supt. of Public Works B. Free gave a presentation on the Salt only proposal. The consensus of the Town Council was for the superintendent to give a follow-up presentation at the next meeting once he had received all of the information still outstanding.

ITEM 7. Managers Report:
         7a. Allan Thomass quarterly report of activities. Councilor Friedman outlined that the report did a good job of informing them on community actively levels and projects.

7b. Great American Neighborhood article

7c. Bangor Daily News article about the Power line Project

7d. Copies of the Parks and Recreations minutes for April, May and June

ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 3, Town Payroll Warrant 3, School Warrant 3, and School Payroll Warrant 3 were circulated and signed.

ITEM 10.        Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Kelly--to adjourn. Seconded: Councilor Friedman there was no further discussion.  Voted 4-0 Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

William Reed
Town Clerk


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