PRESENT: Councilor Friedman, Councilor Perkins, Councilor Hathaway, Councilor Parker, Manager W. Reed, Deputy Clerk K. Humphrey, Office Administrator J. Reed, Parks & Recreation Director R. Young, Police Chief M. Leonard, Public Works Director B. Stoyell, Fire Chief G. Martin, Members of the Public. Councilor King was absent and excused.
ITEM 1. The August 2, 2010 Veazie Town Council meeting was called to order at 7:03PM.
ITEM 2. Consideration of the Minutes
Motion By: Councilor Friedman—to accept the July 19, 2010 meeting minutes as written. Seconded: Councilor Parker, Voted 3-0 in favor. Councilor Perkins abstained due to his absence.
ITEM 3. Consideration of the Agenda
Chairman Hathaway added Town Retirement Resolution as item 5d.
ITEM 4. Comments from the Public
Fire Chief Gerry Martin informed the Council of an EMS call on School Street at one of the Crowe properties. The call was for an individual not breathing and no pulse. Captain Metcalf responded and did an outstanding job.
Recreation Director Rob Young outlined that Veazie Days is coming together really well. All the departments have been cooperative and helpful. Public Works has cleaned up the community center and has done some cutting along the trails for the 5K race. The Fire Department will have extra EMTs on hand at the race.
Donald MacKay stated that they have received donations from two local businesses and is looking forward to a good turnout for the 5K race.
ITEM 5a. Resolution – Weight Limits
Manager Reed outlined that towns that have seen a positive impact from the Federal Weight Limit Pilot Study are being recommended to submit a resolution of support for the continuation of the study.
Motion By: Councilor Perkins—to endorse a Resolution in Support of Extending the Truck Weight Limit Pilot Study increasing the trucks weight limit on the entire length of Maine’s interstate system dated August 2, 2010. Seconded: Councilor Parker, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 5b. Creation of Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee
Chairman Hathaway asked about the committee’s role as an advisory committee. Manager Reed stated that the objective of the committee would be to aid the Recreation Director in obtaining community feedback on programs and services and to assist in the development and deployment of new and existing programs and services.
Recreation Director Rob Young invited a member of the Council to be on it as well. Councilor Parker stated that he would be willing to do that.
Motion By: Councilor Parker—to establish the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee with five members to be appointed by the Town Council from applications received from the community at large. The objective of the committee is to aid the Parks and Recreation Director in obtaining community feedback on programs and services and to assist in the development and deployment of new and existing programs and services for the betterment of the Town’s citizens. Seconded: Councilor Friedman, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 5c. Appointments
Motion by: Councilor Perkins—to fill all appointments with the slate of candidates and terms of office as submitted in the memo by Deputy Clerk Humphrey dated July 29, 2010. Seconded: Councilor Friedman, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 5d. Town Retirement Fund
Manager Reed outlined that the Town’s retirement allows participating employees to take out loans against their retirement funds. He is recommending the Town execute a new agreement with ICMA so they will fully manage, authorize and administer the loans.
Motion By: Councilor Friedman—to authorize the Town Manager to execute an agreement to authorize ICMARC to fully, manage, authorize and administer all Retirement Funded Loans. Seconded: Councilor Perkins, Voted 4-0 in favor.
ITEM 6a. Roadway Projects
Travis Noyes of CES, Inc. outlined that there was a meeting between the Town Manager, Superintendent of Public Works, the Sewer District and himself. The Water District had been invited but no one was in attendance. It was the consensus that it made the most sense to do Jackson Drive and the two cul-de-sacs on Buck Hill Drive and roll over remaining monies over to next year and put towards a project next year.
Manager Reed stated that staff will move forward with bidding process and come back at the next meeting for the Council to award a contract.
Chairman Hathaway outlined that he would like to continue dialogue at future meetings on all the other projects that are engineered and ready to go to discuss funding methods available so that if the Town does decide to bond it can do it in a timely manner.
Chairman Hathaway also outlined that he would like to see letters sent to the water and sewer district trustees to keep them in the loop about paving projects. Travis Noyes outlined that plans will be forwarded to all utility companies.
ITEM 7. Manager’s Report
The Town Council reviewed the following items:
a. a copy of the Veazie Day draft activities work plan that the Committee and Recreation Director are working on.
b. A copy of a story on Maine home sales climbing during May and that the median price is up 6% since 2009.
c. A copy of a thank you card sent to Chief Leonard for helping launch “Mission Readiness in Maine.”
d. A copy of a thank you letter for supporting increased investment in early education and care of children.
e. A copy of a thank you letter to the Police Department for the departments participation in the Special Olympics Torch Run.
ITEM 8. Requests for Information and Town Council Comments
Councilor Perkins wanted to thank Don MacKay and all the citizens on the Community Center Redevelopment Advisory Committee for their hard work on Veazie Days as well as staff.
Councilor Parker stated that the Council should probably discuss what the Town is going to do regarding snowplowing. Chairman Hathaway stated they would be discussing it at the next meeting.
ITEM 9. Warrants: Town Warrant 3, 3a and Town Payroll 3 were circulated for signature.
ITEM 10. Adjournment: Motion: Councilor Friedman —to adjourn the August 2, 2010 Town Council Meeting. Seconded: Councilor Perkins —there was no further discussion. Voted 4-0. Meeting adjourned 7:36 pm.
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Town of Veazie