PRESENT: Council Chair Friedman, Councilor Parker, and Councilor Hathaway were present. Councilors Perkins and King were absent and excused. Also present were Town Manager Reed, Fire Chief Martin, Police Chief Leonard, CEO Thomas, Travis Noyes, Jim Parker and assistant of CES, and Mr. Huckenstein.
ITEM 1. The August 4th 2008 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:00PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion by Councilor Hathaway, to accept the July 21, 2008 meeting minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Parker, There was no discussion, Voted 3-0 in favor.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda:
One item was added – 5B. Tax Acquired Properties Discussion.
ITEM 4a. Roads Discussion
Jim Parker of CES and his associate presented the Town Council with the road review findings and recommendations. In general, it was outlined that the majority of roads were in good condition and that crack sealing should be planned for a number of roads. Recommended roads for attention were Wedgewood Drive, Sunset Drive, 2/10th of a mile of Jackson Drive and that the Buck Hill Drive cul de sac should be reviewed even though it is not an accepted permanent roadway. It was discussed that Longmeadow Drive should also be looked at for the future. Jim Parker outlined that he would discuss with the Sewer District on what construction plans were for the area also. It was noted that each of the discussed projects would be somewhat costly due to the fact that it would include full depth grinding and base
Jim Parker outlined that he would be working with the Town to establish a work plan, some recommendations and a better cost estimate on a short list work plan. He also outlined that he wanted to help the Town’s staff formulate if bonding would make sense to do a number of projects all at once and then pay for them over 3 to 5 years while the town conducts regular highway maintenance.
ITEM 4b. Animal Control Memorandum of Understanding
The Town Council reviewed a copy of a memorandum of understanding from PVCOG pertaining to the creation of a regional Animal Control Program. As discussed animal control has always been a problem for many communities over the past decade, so PVCOG created this regional approach. It was recommended by staff that the Town Council authorize the Town Manager to execute the document on the Town’s behalf. It was discussed that if the benefits of the program do not satisfy the Police Chief’s objectives the Town would still have a 30-day option to terminate the agreement with a clause stated for the termination.
Councilor Hathaway motioned to authorize the Town Manager to execute the memorandum of understanding with PVCOG regarding the regional ACO agreement. Second Councilor Parker. Under discussion the Police Chief outlined that he would report back his findings and keep the Town Council informed. Voted 3-0 motion passes.
ITEM 5a. Public Hearing – Town of Veazie Emergency Management Ordinance
The Town Council reviewed a copy of the Town of Veazie Emergency Management Ordinance – Chapter 27
Councilor Hathaway moved to open the public hearing on the Town of Veazie Emergency Management Ordinance Chapter 27. Seconded by Councilor Parker. There was no discussion. Voted 3-0. Motion passes.
The Police Chief and Fire Chief recommended its passage. It was noted on how much work the Police Chief had put into the document. There were no other comments from the public.
Councilor Hathaway moved to closed the Public Hearing session and to move back into regular session. Seconded by Councilor Parker. There was no discussion. Voted 3-0. Motion passes.
Councilor Hathaway motion to adopt the Town of Veazie Emergency Management Ordinance Chapter 27 as submitted. Seconded by Councilor Parker. There was no discussion. Voted 3-0. Motion passes.
ITEM 5b. Tax Acquired Properties Discussion
Mr. Huckenstein introduced himself as representing Clyde Crowe whose properties had fallen into property tax foreclosure. He wished to present the Town Council an offer on behalf of Mr. Crowe.
The Town Council Chair outlined that the Town Council would not discuss this matter at the present time and that Mr. Crowe should either mail his proposal to the office or make an appointment with the Town staff to discuss this matter in detail. The Council thanked Mr. Huckenstein and he thanked the Town Council for their time on this matter.
ITEM 6. Comments from the public
Travis Noyes was present to discuss that he did not have any complaints about the work done on Hobson Avenue knowing the cost limitations but he wanted to be reassured that the drainage concern would be attended to before winter.
ITEM 7. Manager’s Report:
The Town council reviewed the following items in the managers report:
A copy of the DEP compliance certification letter pertaining to our storm water compliance.
A thank you letter sent to the Fire Department.
A thank you letter sent to the Police Department.
A copy of a thank you letter from the American Folk Festival pertaining to our community donation to the event.
A copy of our annual EAP report. As detailed in the report we use the service quite a bit and it seems to be a well used product.
A copy of the latest RSU minutes and notes.
A copy of the school committee’s minutes and agenda.
ITEM 8. Request for information and comments by Council:
There were no requests for information or comments by the Council.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 3 and 3A, Town Payroll Warrant 3, School Warrant 3and 3A, and School Payroll Warrant 3, were circulated and signed.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Parker to adjourn. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway, there was no further discussion. Voted 3-0. Meeting adjourned.