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Council Minutes September 29, 2008

PRESENT:        Councilor Parker, Councilor Hathaway, Councilor Perkins, Manager W. Reed, Deputy Clerk K. Humphrey, Police Chief M. Leonard, Assessor A. Thomas, Jim Parker of CES, Inc.  Chairman Friedman and Councilor King were absent and excused.

Motion By:  Councilor Perkins—to nominate Councilor Hathaway as Protem Chair.  Seconded:  Councilor Parker, Voted 2-0-1.  Councilor Hathaway abstained.

ITEM 1. The September 29, 2008 Veazie Town Council meeting was called to order at 7:00PM.
        
ITEM 2. Consideration of the Minutes
It was the consensus of the Council to postponed the approval of the minutes until the next meeting.
                
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda
CEO Allan Thomas stated he would like to talk about stormwater issues, this was added as item 5b.  Protem Chair Hathaway stated he would like to give an update on the RSU, this was added as item 5c.

ITEM 4a.        General Assistance Public Hearing
Motion By:  Councilor Perkins—to open a public hearing on the proposed General Assistance Appendices.  Seconded:  Councilor Parker, Voted 3-0 in favor.
        
There were no comments from the public.

Motion By:  Councilor Perkins—to adjourn the public hearing and enter back into regular session.  Seconded:  Councilor Parker, Voted 3-0 in favor.

Motion By:  Councilor Perkins—to formally adopt the MMA Model Ordinance General Assistance Appendixes (A-C) for the period of October 1, 2008 through October 1, 2009.  Seconded:  Councilor Parker, Voted 3-0 in favor.

ITEM 4b.        MMA Voting Credentials
There was discussion and it was the consensus that Manager Reed would be the designee and Chairman Friedman would be an alternate.

ITEM 5a.        Capital Projects Bonding Discussion
Manager Reed stated that the Town has been averaging $70,000 in capital projects.  One thousand tons will do a little over a mile.  Currently the price of pavement far exceeds $70 a ton right now.  

There was discussion on certain roads in Town that need work including the Davis development and Hobson Avenue.  Currently the Town has $120,000 set aside for capital projects.  

Jim Parker outlined that the Town has nine or ten streets that really need a lot of work.  He outlined that there was no reason why the crack sealing couldn’t be done by the Public Works Department.  He outlined that the Town could purchase a good system for around $10,000.  Crack sealing frequently would add life to the road.  

There was discussion on using the $120,000 the Town currently has to smooth out bond payments.  

It was the consensus to come back to the next meeting with some projections on total savings should the Town go the bonding route.   

ITEM 5b.        Stormwater Update
CEO Allan Thomas outlined that Manager Reed had appointed him to head up this issue.  It is a five year plan and it has various stages that the Town has to complete.  These included public awareness, public participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site management, post construction and lastly good housekeeping.  He outlined that various municipality and other institutes have joined together to make the Bangor Area Stormwater Group to tackle this issue together.  The group must submit their next five year plan to DEP by October 27th.  

ITEM 5c.        RSU Update
There was discussion on changing the Town’s charter regarding the School Committee.  Manager Reed outlined that State law supersedes the charter and that it can just be left in the charter in the case that down the road the Town ends up having a school committee again.  
        
ITEM 6. Comments From The Public
Jim Parker outlined that he had been appointed by the Governor to the Kindergarten through Adult Education Committee.  

He also outlined that the Water District is doing studies on a $1 million to $1.5 million upgrade water plan.  It shouldn’t directly affect rates.  

ITEM 7. Manager’s Report
a.      The Town Council reviewed a copy of Bangor Hydro’s pole permit application that the Town is applying for to locate flags on.
b.      The Town Council reviewed a copy of the request that Dynegy has made on behalf of Casco Bay Energy, Inc.  This follows the TIF agreement guidelines and the reimbursement request form has been officially filed.

ITEM 8. Requests for Information and Town Council Comments
Manager Reed outlined that the next meeting fell on a holiday.  It was the consensus of the Council to cancel the October 13th meeting.  

Councilor Perkins inquired on how much of Mutton Lane does the Town own or is responsible for.  Manager Reed stated that the Town is not responsible for its maintenance because it is not a Town approved road.  The Town does own a portion of the roadway.  He outlined that the Town has a right of way and can improve it for our own use such as emergency vehicle passage.  He added that it is still considered an illegal subdivision.   

Councilor Perkins also inquired about putting a crosswalk by the Greystone Trailer Park entrance over across the road to the railroad tracks.  Manager Reed outlined    that it would not be possible because crosswalks have to actually go to somewhere safe.   

ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 7 & 7A, Town Payroll Warrant 7, School Lunch Warrant 7 &7A, School Warrant 7 and School Payroll Warrant 7 were circulated and signed.  
        
ITEM 10.        Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Perkins—to adjourn the September 29, 2008 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Parker—there was no further discussion. Voted 3-0. Meeting adjourned 8:00 pm.


A true record, Attest:


Karen Humphrey
Deputy Clerk
Town of Veazie


 

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