Vassalboro Select Board
Minutes of the Meeting
February 4, 2010


Members Present: Rob Browne, Lauchlin Titus, and Phil Haines

Others Present: Mary Sabins, Don Breton, Mike Vashon, George Gould, Mary Grow, and Eric Rowe.

  1. Call to order – The meeting was called to order by Chairman Browne at 7:00 p.m.

  2. Minutes – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve the minutes of the 1/21/10 meeting as written.

  3. New Business – a) Gift of fire truck – Chief Eric Rowe and two of his fire department officers attended the meeting to explain to the Board that the officers of the fire department of East Fishkill, NY have chosen the Town of Vassalboro as the recipient of one of their used pumper trucks. Chief Rowe explained that the truck is a 1983 Hendrickson truck chassis that was refurbished in 1990 by E-1. The East Fishkill department members plan to deliver the truck to Vassalboro. The new truck will replace our old 1978 truck that is no longer State Certified and the new truck will be housed at the Riverside Station. Chief Rowe told the Board that it is up to the Selectmen to dispose of the old truck, but he would like to see the town give the truck to another municipality that needs it for firefighting purposes. The receiving town could be selected by submitting a statement of interest form. The Selectmen liked the idea of giving the truck to a needy town and agreed that the statement of interest procedure would be a good way to decide who needed the truck the most. Discussion was given about whether the Selectmen have the authority to accept gifts and to sell town property. Sabins will research the matter with MMA legal services.
    b) Liquor license renewal – The public hearing for liquor license renewal for Natanis Golf Course was waived at the request of the applicant because they have had a liquor license longer than five years. This request is allowable under 28-A MRSA 653.1. On a motion made by L. Titus, seconded by P. Haines, the Board voted two in favor, and one abstention (Browne) to approve the liquor license renewal.
    c) Assessing services – In an attempt to reduce expenses, Sabins proposed that the Assessing services be put out to bid. She has performed research and found that our daily expense for assessing services is $590 per day; the average expense for assessing services as per MMA salary survey is closer to $450-$500 per day. After discussion, the Board agreed to put the assessing services out to bid for a possible change effective July 1st. The Board reviewed the draft request for proposal as prepared by Sabins and made one minor change.
    d) Recreation director resignation – Recreation Director Bill Pulver has resigned effective June 30th. On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept Bill’s resignation with regret and appreciation for all that Bill has done for the town and the recreation program. Brief discussion was given as to the replacement process. Chairman Browne stated that he had some potential candidates in mind to be appointed as the new director, but wished to speak with them to determine their level of interest before discussing it at the meeting. The Board may implement using a statement of interest form for potential candidates to fill out to express their interest in the position.

  4. Reports – a) Status report – Sabins reviewed the two items on the list and provided updated information on the Leo Barnett case. Leo has petitioned the Court to reopen the second case the town just won against him so he can submit new evidence. b) Road report – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Road Report as presented. c) Police report – On a motion made by L .Titus, seconded by P. Haines, the Board voted unanimously to accept the Police Report as presented.

  5. Treasurer’s Warrants – On a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to approve warrants #49 and #50.

  6. Other – 1. An invitation from the Chamber was read. No action taken. 2. Sabins informed the Board that she had inquired of the local credit union and found that they could offer the town a better interest rate on a Certificate of Deposit than our current investment with TD Bank. After discussion and on a motion made by P. Haines, seconded by L. Titus, the Board voted unanimously to authorize the Town Treasurer Mary Sabins to invest $250,000 in a Certificate of Deposit with Maine Savings Federal Credit Union for a 12-month period at an interest rate of 1.20%. 3. Sabins inquired if the Board still wanted to stay with their previous decision to pay the six-month county tax bill in one year, rather than financing the payment over several years. The Board agreed they still wanted to stay with their earlier decision. 4. Sabins inquired if there was any interest among the Board members to institute a pay-per-bag program at the Transfer Station as a means to reduce the waste stream, increase the recycling rate, and generate revenue. The Board members indicated they were not interested at this time.

  7. Next meeting – Both Rob & Phil will not be available for the scheduled February 18th Selectmen’s meeting. After discussion, the Board decided to cancel the February 18th meeting and move all agenda items to the March 4th meeting. The Board still plans to have a budget workshop on February 25th and scheduled that meeting for 9:00 a.m.

  8. Adjourn – There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.


These minutes were read and accepted by the Select Board on 3/4/10 with the following amendments: None.