PRESENT: Council Chair Perkins, Councilor Parker, Councilor Hathaway, Councilor Friedman and Councilor King were present. Staff members present were Town Manager Reed, CEO Thomas, Police Chief Leonard and Fire Chief Martin. Also present were 11 members of the public.
ITEM 1. The June 8th 2009 Veazie Town Council was called to order at 7:00PM at the Veazie Community School.
ITEM 2. Consideration of minutes: Motion by Councilor King, to accept the May 24, 2010 meeting minutes Seconded: Councilor Hathaway, There was no discussion, Voted 5-0 in favor.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda: There were no additions to the agenda.
ITEM 4a. The Town Manager outlined that Councilor Friedman had asked to have the discussion on the Town’s MDEA participation. Discussion entailed that the Town gets all costs fully reimbursed from the state and that there were benefits to participating in the program for the community. Consensus was for the Town to maintain the current policy of participating in the program.
ITEM 4b. The Town Manager outlined that only one law firm had submitted a law services proposal. Councilor Friedman motioned to award the Town of Veazie’s municipal legal services agreement to the law firm of Farrell, Rosenblatt and Russell. Seconded: Councilor Hathaway. There was limited discussion and it was noted by staff that bond counsel services would still have to be addressed by another firm due to the specialty of that service. Voted 5-0 motion passes.
ITEM 4c. The Town Manager outlined that the Town of Hermon had sent Veazie a request of support for their nomination for MMA Vice President. Councilor Hathaway motioned to support the Town of Hermon’s nomination of Clint Deschene for the position of MMA Vice President. Seconded: Councilor King. There was brief discussion pertaining to Clint Deschene’s past history of management and boards. Voted 5-0 Motion passes.
ITEM 5a. The Town Manager reviewed the information pertaining to the School Department balance transfer agreement. Councilor Hathaway motioned to authorize the Town Manager to sign on the Town’s behalf the agreement between Regional School Unit #26 and the Town of Veazie dated 8th day of June 2010. Second by Councilor Parker. Discussion pertained to the timetable of the drawdown of funds. Voted 5-0 motion passes.
ITEM 5b. The Town Council reviewed audit RFP’s submitted. Councilor Hathaway motioned to award the agreement to RHR Smith. Seconded Councilor Parker. Discussion pertained to cost, the amount of services provided, a fresh look at the books, past history on TIF work, RSU work and the importance of continuity. Voted 2-3 motion failed.
Councilor King motioned to award Hollingsworth and Associates the municipal auditing services agreement. Seconded Chairman Perkins. Discussion pertained to the learning curve of a new firm, costs and the number of municipal clients each firm had. Voted 2-3 motion failed.
Councilor Hathaway motioned to awarded RHR Smith a one year extension of the current services agreement. Councilor Friedman seconded. There was discussion that the Town Council may wish to review all the firms again later this year. Voted 3-2. Motion passes.
ITEM 5c. The Town Council tabled this item.
ITEM 6. Comments from the public
A member of the public asked that executive sessions be held at the end of meetings so the public did not have to wait so long.
A resident asked questions pertaining to a possible Moratorium on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries.
ITEM 7. Manager’s Report:
The Town council reviewed the manager’s report with the Town Council.
ITEM 8. Request for information and comments by Council:
Chairman Perkins asked that another copy of the Sewer District assessment be sent out to the Councilors again. Assessor Thomas outlined he would send out another one.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 25, 25A, and 25B Town Payroll Warrant 25 were circulated and signed.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Hathaway to adjourn. Seconded: Councilor King, there was no further discussion. Voted 5-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:55pm.