PRESENT: Chairman Friedman, Councilor Hathaway, Councilor Parker, Councilor Perkins, Manager W. Reed, Deputy Clerk K. Humphrey, CEO A. Thomas, Parks & Recreation Director R. Young, Fire Chief G. Martin, Office Administrator J. Reed, Katherine Bernier of the Hammond Street Senior Center Councilor King was absent and excused.
ITEM 1. The April 13, 2009 Veazie Town Council meeting was called to order at 7:00PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of the Minutes
Motion By: Councilor Perkins—to accept the March 30, 2009 meeting minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Parker, Voted 3-0-1 in favor.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda
There were no additions to the agenda.
ITEM 4a. Hammond Street Seniors Presentation
Katherine Bernier explained that part of her job is going around during the spring asking for donations. The Center just celebrated its tenth birthday and is funded by a private philanthropy. Veazie represents 3% of their membership. It is free to join the senior center however, classes are extra. Katherine outlined that she is requesting a $1,575 donation.
Councilor Perkins inquired on the $5,000 the Town budgets each year. Manager Reed outlined that those monies rent the community space in the Graham School Senior Housing.
Councilor Hathaway outlined that he thinks this center fills a void and provides some activities that meet the needs of the seniors in the community.
Motion By: Councilor Hathaway—to donate $2,000 to the Hammond Street Senior Center. Seconded: Chairman Friedman. Councilor Parker stated he would like to see Recreation Director R. Young work with the Senior Center and also have the amount be part of the Parks & Recreation Budget. Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 4b. Meeting Schedule
There was discussion on changing the meeting schedule to one meeting a month. It was pointed out that Old Town, Orono and Brewer only hold one meeting a month. Councilor Hathaway stated that there was a ten day requirement to notify the public of the meeting as well as printing it in the newspaper. He outlined that by then it would almost be time for the next scheduled meeting. It was decided that the item would be tabled until the next meeting when all Councilors would be present.
ITEM 4c. Manager’s Review and Discussion
It was the consensus of the Council to use the self evaluation and round table method. Manager Reed will provide his self-evaluation in the next Council packet.
ITEM 4d. Reappointments
Motion By: Councilor Perkins—to reappoint to the Planning Board the following members for the following terms: Harold Pinkham and Terrill Studley as full members until June 30th, 2011 and Kent Tableman as an associate member until June 30th, 2010. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway, Voted 4-0 in favor.
Motion By: Councilor Hathaway—to reappoint to the Budget Committee as full members William Hogan and Marilynn Bishop until June 30th, 2011. Seconded: Councilor Perkins, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 4e. Town Warrant
The Town Council circulated for signatures the Town Warrant for the May 5th, 2009 RSU Board Election
ITEM 5a. Fire Truck Discussion
It was decided that all five Councilors would read the letters and come back to the next meeting with their top five.
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 letter sent to the Veazie Sewer District.
b. The Council reviewed a copy of a report that the Orono-Veazie Water District submitted to the Orono Planning Board.
c. The Council reviewed a copy of the projected municipal revenue sharing for fiscal year 2010.
d. The Council reviewed a copy of a thank you letter to Chief Leonard.
e. The Council reviewed a copy of the School Committee’s meeting minutes and agenda.
ITEM 8. Requests for Information and Town Council Comments
Councilor Perkins outlined that the Water District’s report he felt was a waste of paper and ink. He would rather be emailed something like that.
Councilor Perkins inquired on what the status of the Dang property was. Manager Reed stated that the church is looking in to getting estimates for having the building torn down.
Councilor Hathaway suggested eliminating the delivery of packets and have the information emailed.
Councilor Hathaway stated that in reading the minutes from the last meeting he was disappointed with comments under item 4B. He outlined that there was nothing meant to be secret or kept from anyone. He stated that he was called by Stephen Mooers and was asked to see if the Manager would participate in a meeting.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 21, Town Payroll Warrant 21, School Warrant 21 & 21A and School Payroll Warrant 21 were circulated and signed.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Perkins—to adjourn the April 13, 2009 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway—there was no further discussion. Voted 4-0. Meeting adjourned 8:16 pm.
A true record, Attest:
Town of Veazie