PRESENT: Chairman Friedman, Councilor Hogan, Councilor Cheney and newly elected Councilors Brian Perkins and Ethel Champaco; Town Manager B. Reed, CEO Thomas, Maggie Hanna and John Ellis.
ITEM 1. The June 14, 2004 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 8:00 PM.
ITEM 2. Oaths of Office- Brian Perkins and Ethel Champaco were sworn into office by the Town Clerk.
ITEM 3. Introduction of New Council Members – Fellow Town Councilors gave a brief self introduction to the new members of the Town Council. Then the new Council members outlined their involvement in the community and their interests.
ITEM 4. Election of a Chair. – Councilor Hogan nominated Councilor Friedman to serve as Chairperson for the 2004 – 2005 Fiscal Year. The nomination was second by Councilor Cheney. Nominations ceased at that time. Voted: 4-0-1. Councilor Friedman abstained. After being elected to the Chair, Chairman Friedman thanked the other members of the Town Council for their support and expressed that he would continue to ensure that all of the Council members’ concerns were heard. He also expressed the continued desire of working closely with the School Committee in the coming year.
ITEM 5. Consideration of minutes: Motion By: Councilor Hogan to accept the June 8, 2004 minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Cheney, Voted 2-0-3 in favor. Two members abstained due to their not being in office at that time. Motion passes.
ITEM 6. Consideration of the Agenda: There were no additions made to the agenda.
ITEM 7. Comments from the Public: There were no comments from the public.
ITEM 8. Manager’s Report:
a. The Council reviewed a copy of a preliminary financial report that Deputy Treasurer Julie Reed provided.
b. The Council reviewed a copy of a report outlining where the Town is on the Route 2/Greystone Park water project. The Water District has also agreed to assist the Town on the project with the use of their certified water system installation employees.
c. The Council reviewed a copy of an informational news article about the proposed tax cap.
d. The Council reviewed an official MSA – Metropolitan Statistical Area – map, which certifies that Veazie is once again a certified urban zone.
e. The Council reviewed a copy of an article pertaining to a past Planning Board meeting.
f. The Council reviewed a copy of an article about Councilor Hathaway’s decision not to run for office after 24 years of community service.
g. The Council reviewed a copy of a letter from Ray Lynch regarding Public Works using his driveway as a turnaround.
h. The Council reviewed a copy of a Bangor Daily News story pertaining to the passing of the Town’s warrant articles at Town Meeting.
ITEM 9. Requests for Information/Council Comments:
Chairman Friedman expressed his pleasure with the success of the community planning forum.
The consensus of the Council was that it was well attended and well planned. The Manager outlined that he would express their thoughts to the consultants and the Town’s staff who assisted in the planning of the event.
Councilor Cheney expressed that it was nice that a second woman would be serving on the Town Council and thanked her for running.
Councilor Hogan expressed that he welcomed the new members and thought that their positive comments about the community outlined in their introduction would make Veazie a better place to live and work.
Chairman Friedman expressed again the importance of individuals feeling free to express their ideas and that all thoughts are important.
Councilor Cheney and Councilor Perkins expressed the need for the Public Works Department to notify the Maine Department of Transportation about several shrubs that were interfering with traffic on State Street by the former Jones property. The Manager outlined he would notify the department about the shrubs.
ITEM 10. Warrants: Town Warrant 25, Town Payroll Warrant 25, School Warrant 25, School Lunch Warrant 25 and School Payroll Warrant 25 were circulated and signed.
ITEM 11. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Cheney to adjourn the June 14, 2004 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Perkins, There was no further discussion. Voted 5- 0, Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m..