PRESENT: Councilor Hathaway, Councilor Kelly, Councilor Hogan and Councilor Cheney, Town Manager B. Reed, CEO Allan Thomas and Assistant Clerk K. Humphrey, Sewer District Superintendent Gary Brooks, Sewer District Trustees: David King, Esther Bushway and Brian Perkins; Bangor Daily News Reporter Aimee Dolloff, Member of the Public Raymond Michaels. Chairman Friedman was absent and excused.
ITEM 1. The March 8, 2004 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:00 PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion: Councilor Cheney—to accept February 23, 2004 minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Hogan, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda: There were no additions to the agenda.
ITEM 4a. Sewer District Trustees
The Sewer District’s Trustees and Superintendent were present to discuss any updates the District or Town had. Councilor Hathaway inquired whether there had been any studies or costs done on future buildout. There was discussion on the Town’s acceptance of new subdivisions. The Town and the District agreed to work together better and adopt some more stringent restrictions on acceptances.
Three areas were discussed that do not have Town sewer, Jackson Drive, Long Meadow Drive and Brookside Terrace. Sewer District Superintendent Gary Brooks stated that the District has preliminary plans for those three areas that were done in 1999. Councilor Hathaway asked if the current pipe size had enough capacity to take on those three additional areas. Superintendent Brooks stated that there was.
Councilor Hathaway explained to the Trustees and Superintendent that the Town is currently working with a master planner. The Town will be able to know beforehand where roads are going instead of letting developers decide where the road will go. Councilor Hathaway expressed his desire in getting the Sewer District involved in this process. Trustee Esther Bushway stated that she would like to work with the Town. It would prevent the wrong size pipe being laid and ten years later having to be dug up due to an expansion.
Trustee Esther Bushway outlined that the District needs to know when the Town accepts a subdivision. Unlike the Trustees he is the one who deals with the day to day dealings with contractors and needs to be informed.
Manager Reed stated that the Town has GIS and it would be nice to overlap the District’s GIS with the Town’s so that the sewer and water lines would be present.
There was discussion on additional pump stations and “tie-ins” for areas that do not have Town sewer as well as the possibility of requiring the developer to include a generator set for the subdivision to acquire approval.
Sewer District Trustee Esther Bushway mentioned that the Sewer District would like to own their parking lot. Manager Reed stated that the Town has been working with CES, Inc. on a design for that area that would address the Town’s need for a licensed compost site, the railway’s issue with the Town’s public way and the District’s parking lot issues. He outlined that the Town is trying to work on a plan that is accommodating for all.
ITEM 5a. Recognition of the Veazie Viking Science Club (Taken out of order)
Councilor Hathaway stated that the Town wished to recognize the Veazie Viking Science Club for their outstanding performance at the LEGO Competition with certificates. Raymond Michaels, team coach, was present to accept the certificates and talk a little bit about the team. There were 50 other teams participating and the children had to do presentations as part of the competition. All members who participated this year are eligible to participate next year as well. Currently the team is working on putting together a music robot for the spring concert at school.
Raymond Michaels stated that he would like his team to become an “umbrella” group so that they could obtain funds. Currently they need a tax identification number to be eligible to receive funds. The Council discussed recognizing the club as under the Town’s “umbrella” and setting up a student’s activity account.
ITEM 4b. Greystone Park Management
Manager Reed outlined that included in the Council’s packet was a study by Coastal Enterprises, Inc. The study included recommendations for redevelopment of the Greystone Trailer Park. Richard Moffit, the new park manager of Greystone Trailer Park was present to discuss the goals and objectives of the park’s new owners.
Richard Moffit explained that he was hired to manage three trailer parks formally owned by Bill Pontbriant which were purchased by two owners from Virginia and Florida. It became apparent that the parks were problematic, for example the water system in Greystone Trailer Park. He outlined that in January the temperatures got really cold and the park started to have pressure problems. Some tenants did not have any water at all. An emergency meeting was called and the problem was solved with a temporary solution which included running a 2” plastic line to the Town’s water supply. Richard Moffit stated that a permanent solution will be arrived at later which will include tentative plans to redevelop the park. He also discussed possible scenarios for redeveloping the park which
included building townhouses and having rent to own trailers.
Motion By: Councilor Hogan—to allow the Town’s management team to proceed with developing a mutual redevelopment plan that will enhance public safety issues, public access and blight in the area of the Greystone Trailer Park. Seconded: Councilor Cheney, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 6. Public Comments: There were no comments from the public.
ITEM 7. Manager’s Report:
a. The Council reviewed a copy of the CBDG application submitted as the “Penobscot River Regional Development Plan.” The Towns of Milford, Old Town, Eddington, Howland, Orono and the Penobscot Indian Nation joined the application.
b. The Council reviewed a copy of a letter from Penquis C.A.P. pertaining to the additional rent matter.
c. The Council reviewed a copies of several articles that were in the BDN. The articles related to the water project, the regional CBDG application and the Town website release.
d. The Council reviewed a copy of the School Committee’s agenda and minutes.
e. The Council reviewed a copy of an update from Adelphia pertaining to their approved reorganization plan and a rate adjustment that increases analog rates and decreases digital rates slightly.
ITEM 8. Requests for Information/Council Comments:
Councilor Hogan inquired how the budget process was going. Manager Reed stated that the Budget Committee has met twice. The Town’s auditor was present at the first meeting to answer any questions the committee may have.
Councilor Cheney stated that she visited the Town’s new website and loved the old photos that are on it.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 18, Town Payroll Warrant 18, School Warrant 18, School Payroll Warrant 18 and School Lunch Warrant 18 were circulated and signed.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Hogan —to adjourn the March 8, 2004 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Cheney —there was no further discussion. Voted 4-0 Meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.