PRESENT: Chairman Champaco, Councilor Friedman, Councilor Hathaway, Councilor King and Councilor Perkins; Manager W. Reed; Deputy Clerk K. Humphrey; Office Administrator J. Reed, CEO A. Thomas, Tom Lewis of Community Development Co., Stephen Mooers of Penquis CAP and Town Attorney Rick Violette.
ITEM 1. The November 13, 2006 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 07:00PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of the Minutes
Motion By: Councilor Perkins—to accept the October 30, 2006 meeting minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway, Voted 4-0-1 in favor. Councilor King abstained due to his absence.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda
There were no additions to the agenda.
ITEM 4a. Public Hearing – Establishment of an Affordable Senior Housing TIF
Motion By: Councilor Friedman—to enter into public hearing to hear public comments on the proposed Establishment of an Affordable Senior Housing Tax Increment Financing District. Seconded: Councilor King, Voted 5-0 in favor.
Manager Reed outlined that the Maine State Housing Authority recommended adding some wording to the document. He pointed these out to the Town Council.
Councilor Friedman stated that he has spoken with several people that are waiting for this project to get started. He outlined that he didn’t think they would have any problem filling the apartments.
Motion By: Councilor Friedman—to close public hearing and reconvene regular session. Seconded: Councilor King, Voted 5-0 in favor.
Motion By: Councilor Friedman—Be it resolved that the Veazie Town Council, on behalf of the Town of Veazie, authorizes the establishment of the Veazie Village Senior Housing Affordable Housing Tax Increment Financing District, to approve the Development Program, to authorize the Town Manager to execute the attached Credit Enhancement Agreement between the Town of Veazie and Veazie Village Senior Housing Limited partnership, substantially in the form as presented, to authorize the Town Manager to prepare and submit a tax increment financing application to the Maine State Housing Authority and the Town Manager be and hereby is the authorized to make, execute and deliver other such documents as he, in his discretion, may deem necessary to the accomplishment of such transaction. Seconded: Councilor
Perkins; There was no discussion; Voted 5-0 in favor.
Motion By: Councilor Hathaway—to adopt the Veazie Village Senior Housing Development Program dated November 13th, 2006 as submitted by staff and advisors. Seconded: Councilor King; There was no discussion; Voted 5-0 in favor.
ITEM 4b. MRC Board of Directors Election Ballot
Manager Reed outlined that staff did not have any recommendations.
Motion By: Councilor Hathaway—to cast the Council’s vote for John Chisholm to serve on the MRC Board of Directors. Seconded: Councilor Friedman, Voted 5-0 in favor.
ITEM 5a. Veazie Village Senior Housing Development Program
This item was addressed under item 4a.
ITEM 5b. Resolution on the Senior Housing Tax Increment Financing District
This item was addressed under item 4a.
ITEM 6. Comments from the Public
There were no comments from the public.
ITEM 7. Manager’s Report
a. The Council reviewed a copy of a memo from the Municipal Review Committee regarding the cash distribution allocation basis. The new basis will be 100 percent actual deliveries rather than the current 50 percent actual deliveries and 50 percent Guaranteed Annual Tonnage.
b. The Council reviewed a copy of the School Committee’s meeting minutes and agenda.
c. The Council reviewed a copy of an email commenting on the Parks & Recreation Halloween party and the Police Department.
d. The Council reviewed a finalized copy of the Option to Enter into Lease between Veazie Village Senior Housing Associates Limited Partnership and the Town of Veazie.
ITEM 8. Requests for Information and Town Council Comments
Councilor Friedman stated that in the School Lunch Warrant was a request for $10,000 from the School Department. He was under the impression that the request was going to come at the end of the year in June. He also outlined that he would like to see the School Committee sign the warrants. He would feel more comfortable signing the warrant after they had looked it over.
Councilor Perkins inquired on how the School Department was doing in taking over the responsibility of the school lunch program. Manager Reed stated that the auditor would be at the next meeting and that can be discussed.
Councilor Friedman stated that he would like to have the School Committee attend the meeting after next.
Councilor Hathaway stated that last Wednesday night the Budget Committee for Penobscot County passed their budget. He thought the increase was around $600,000 which is well within their tax cap provisions. He added that 79% of that increase is tied to one department, the jail. Councilor Hathaway outlined that the jail is only rated for so many inmates, however the county got a waiver to increase the amount. The county was paying over a million dollars in boarding for the excess inmates. They are now reserving $200,000 for expansion.
ITEM 10. Town Warrant 10, Town Payroll 10, School Warrant 10 and School Payroll 10 were circulated and signed.
ITEM 11. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Friedman—to adjourn the November 13, 2006 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway—there was no further discussion. Voted 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
A true record, Attest:
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