PRESENT: Chairman Hathaway, Councilor Cheney, and Councilor Kelly. Councilor Hogan and Councilor Friedman were absent and excused. Also present were Town Manager Reed, John Ellis, Police Chief Leonard, Tricia Quirk, Bill Dalton and Barb Dalton.
ITEM 1. The March 10, 2003 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:05PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion by Councilor Kelly—to accept the February 24, 2003 minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Cheney, There was no discussion, Voted 3-0 in favor.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda: No additions were made to the agenda.
ITEM 4. Public Comments: There were no comments from the public.
ITEM 5a. Black Bear Drive
The Town Council reviewed all paperwork submitted and the manager gave a brief outline of the Dalton subdivision project.
Motion By: Councilor Kelly—to authorize the Town Manager to accept and sign on the Town Council’s behalf any and all documents deemed necessary and appropriate to secure the Town’s interest in accepting the proposed Town way named Black Bear Drive. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway, There was no further discussion, Voted 3-0, Motion passed.
ITEM 5b. East Sunset/Chickadee Lane
The Town Council reviewed all paperwork submitted and the manager gave a brief outline of the MacMillian / Quirk subdivision project.
Motion By: Councilor Hathaway—to authorize the Town Manager to accept and sign on the Town Council’s behalf any and all documents deemed necessary and appropriate to secure the Town’s interest in accepting the proposed Town ways named East Sunset Drive and Chickadee Lane. Seconded: Councilor Cheney, Discussion entailed that all remaining drainage issues would be addressed after the snow had melted, Voted 3-0, Motion passed.
ITEM 5c. Police Cruiser
Chief Leonard reviewed the packet that he had sent the Town Council pertaining to his recommendation on a replacement cruiser. The Town Council discussed the Capital Improvements program and the timing of the replacement vehicles. The Chief outlined that he would remit a revised CIP on the replacement of police vehicles.
Motion By: Councilor Hathaway—to authorize the Police Department to acquire the police cruiser from Bangor Dodge as recommended by the Police Chief’s report. Seconded: Councilor Cheney, Discussion entailed that a revised CIP will be prepared, Voted 3-0, Motion passed.
ITEM 6a. Budget Committee Discussion
The Town Council discussed the need to obtain members for different boards and committees. It was recommended that the TV channel have a few pages added on this matter and that it should be in a newsletter.
ITEM 6b. Uncollectibles – Discussion
The Manager gave a brief overview of the enclosed packet reprint memo that Deputy Treasurer Julie Reed had issued to the Town Council in February. The Town Council reviewed the documents pertaining to clearing up some uncollectible accounts.
Motion By: Councilor Cheney--to authorize the Town’s treasurer to write off the following accounts for the particular tax years:
Account # 833, Charles Carpenter, tax year 2000-2001 - $316.48
Account # 71, Owen Bryson, tax years 1995-1996 and 1996-1997 totaling $109.46. Chairman Hathaway Seconded, There was no discussion, Voted 3-0, Motion passed.
ITEM 7. Manager’s Report:
The following items were included in the Manager’s Report:
a. A copy of the new county assessment. It was noted that there was a very big increase. The new assessment is $192,784.05 roughly an $80,000.00 increase.
b. A copy of the School Committee’s minutes and agenda.
c. There was discussion that Warren Smith called earlier this week and outlined that Mr. Dang would be contacting his accountant and attorney and remit a counter-offer to the Town’s proposal of purchase or “offer”. The Town Council reviewed the copy of the letter that was sent to Warren Smith pertaining to the Dang property.
d. A copy of the Fire Department’s monthly report was reviewed.
e. An open house invitation for the John R. Graham School Senior Housing project was reviewed
f. A request for a community donation for project graduation from Linda Allen of the John Bapst Project Graduation Committee was reviewed.
ITEM 8. Request for information and comments by Council:
Councilor Cheney questioned Deputy CEO Ellis on a housing project on Hillside Drive. Deputy CEO Ellis gave an overview on the stop work order that was issued and the follow-up that has taken place since.
Councilor Cheney asked several questions pertaining to a Jackson Drive house lot. It was noted that the owner planned on building a house on the lot in the coming year.
Chairman Hathaway expressed his concerns pertaining to junk cars on May Street. Deputy CEO Ellis outlined that he had noted that too and would discuss the matter with CEO Thomas. He outlined that he would follow-up on the matter.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 18, and 18A, Town Payroll Warrant 18, School Warrant 18, School Payroll Warrant 18, and School Lunch Warrant 18, were circulated and signed.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion By: Chairman Hathaway—to adjourn the March 10, 2003 Town Council meeting. Seconded By: Councilor Cheney, there was no further discussion. Voted 3-0. Meeting adjourned.