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					                                    Camden Select Board
                                     Minutes of Meeting
                                     November 25, 2008

PRESENT:    Chairperson John R. French, Vice-Chairperson Sharon Gilbert, Karen Grove, Anita
            Brosius-Scott, Deborah Dodge, Town Manager Roberta Smith, and Town Attorney
            William Kelly. Also present were members of the public and press.

                                           Contents

  1. Public input on non-agenda items

  2. Approval of Board Minutes from September 9, 2008, September 16, 2008 and September
     23, 2008

  3. Review of Natural Lands Survey – Conservation Commission

  4. Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee:
        a. Approval of the revised directive which establishes the Committee
        b. Discussion regarding short term focus for the newly established Committee
        c. Designation of funding support

  5. Consideration of “Naming Policy” for private fundraising for the Redevelopment of the
     Ragged Mountain Recreation Area.

  6. Consideration of license agreement with Ralph Fisher, d/b/a Mike’s Catering for lease of the
     Snow Bowl Kitchen.

  7. Re-licensing grant – Homeland Security Grant

  8. Approval of the withdrawal of funds from the following Reserve Accounts:
        a. $18,543 from the Harbor Projects Reserve for anticipated off-season improvements
        b. $2,784 from the Snow Bowl Reserve to replace four track belts on the PB 300
           Grooming Machine
        c. $3,900 from the Snow Bowl Reserve and $3,900 from the Parks Equipment Reserve
           for the purchase of a 2008 Arctic Cat TRV 650 ATV to replace the existing ATV.

  9. Approval of the Certificate of Commitment for wastewater charges

  10. Public Hearing on the application of James & Cynthia Ostrowski, d/b/a Blackberry Inn at 82
      Elm Street for a Class V Spirituous Vinous and Malt Liquor License.

  11. Acceptance of resignation of Jeff Lewis from the Harbor Committee.

  12. Appointment of two representatives to the Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission for
      2009.

  13. Committee Reports

  14. Manager’s Report
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November 25, 2008

           a. Report on Brownfields Grant
           b. 2009 Health Trust Rates
           c. CMP Net Energy Credit for Seabright Hydro generation

                                       Minutes of Meeting

Chairperson French called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

   1. Public input on non-agenda items

   2. Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to accept the minutes of September 9, September
      16, and September 23 with minor edits as suggested. Deborah Dodge seconded this
      motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   3. Members of the Conservation Commission and Marina Schauffler a former member of the
      Conservation Commission reviewed the process of their Natural Lands Survey and
      discussed the implications of their work with the Select Board and the public that was
      present.

       Karin Rector, Chair of the CCC stated they recently completed a Natural Lands Inventory
       which is a comprehensive assessment of significant undeveloped lands within the town this
       request was brought forward to the CCC by the Select Board in 2004 and is also required by
       the Commission under its bylaws. The final maps which they had prepared by a GIS
       mapping specialists highlights properties with the greatest number of scenic and natural
       features. The Commission feels these lands contribute significantly to the scenic and rural
       character of Camden and extensive future development on them could diminish the town’s
       high quality of place. This is a voluntary process if the landowners desire to keep their
       lands largely undeveloped they may elect to pursue some means of voluntary land
       conservation.

       The Conservation Commission plans to organize an evening forum on voluntary land
       conservation later this winter. They will be sending out an invitation to the forum to the
       landowners that were selected during this Natural Land Survey and also it will be open to
       the public. They realize they should have probably had the forum before they sent out the
       survey results to the landowners because it raised a lot of unnecessary concerns. It was not
       the intent of the Commission to give landowners the impression that the Conservation
       Commission wanted their land. It was their intention to inform them of ways they could
       voluntarily protect their lands if they wish to.

       The Commission heard comments and answered questions raised about the process by the
       Select Board and members of the public.

   4. Mrs. Smith reported that the edits discussed at your last meeting have been incorporated
      into the draft and the next step would be for if the Board approves the revised document
      would be to advertise for citizen interest in being appointed to the committee.

       Deborah Dodge made a motion to adopt the directive creating the Town of Camden
       Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee and to advertise for
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November 25, 2008

       seven regular members (three year terms) and two alternate members (one year
       terms). Anita Brosius-Scott seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote

       Sharon Gilbert made a motion to add clarification that business owners appointed do
       not need to be limited to Camden residents. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The
       motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

       Manager Smith reported that while the proposed directive lays out duties of the committee,
       it would perhaps be helpful to provide some initial guidance to the Committee for work the
       board feels is a priority. She suggested that priority issues would be the implementation of
       the Tannery Land-for-Jobs marketing plan, review of the Comprehensive Plan for action
       items related to community and economic development, and review of the 2005 Blue
       Ribbon Economic Development Task Force recommendations.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to ask the newly formed CEDAC to focus their
       early efforts on the implementation of the Tannery Land-for-Jobs marketing plan,
       review of the Comprehensive Plan for action items related to community and
       economic development, and review of the 2005 Blue Ribbon Economic Development
       Task Force recommendations. Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion
       passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

       Manager Smith reported that it is anticipated that community and economic development
       will from time to time require funding for various initiatives. When the Town was first
       considering the lease of property for the Verizon cell tower, one of the suggestions was to
       re-invest that money into the community. She recommends that the Board consider
       designating the funds from the lease payments to support community and economic
       development. For the first five years of the lease, annual revenues will be $14,400. Because
       the lease did not begin until late September, FY09 revenues will be $10,800.

       Due to the current economy, our overall non-tax revenues could very well fall short of
       estimates. Therefore, FY09 Verizon lease payments may be needed to cover the budget. For
       this reason she recommends that any vote to designate the use of lease payments be
       worded as an intent to allow the Board flexibility to cover contingencies.

       Sharon Gilbert made a motion to designate current and future revenues from the
       Verizon Cell Tower Lease for Community & Economic Development with the intent to
       allow the Select Board flexibility to cover contingencies as they arise. Karen Grove
       seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   5. The Board considered a Naming Policy for private fundraising for the Redevelopment of the
      Ragged Mountain Recreation Area. Bob Gordon, Co-chair of the Ragged Mountain
      Recreation Area Redevelopment Committee and President of the Ragged Mountain
      Recreation Area Foundation stated they have received an opinion from the town attorney
      that there is a precedent around the state for naming opportunities. They would like to
      have the ability to name certain parts of the project. The thought would be that they put
      together a list of the naming possibilities with the dollar amounts for those naming
      opportunities and get these pre-approved by the Select Board.
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November 25, 2008


       A suggestion was made to adopt an ordinance that would give the authority to the Select
       Board to approve naming rights.

       Karen Grove made a motion to conditionally approve the concept of naming
       opportunities for the Redevelopment of the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area until
       further advisement from the town attorney. Anita Brosius-Scott seconded this
       motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   6. Sharon Gilbert made a motion to approve the license agreement with Ralph Fisher,
      d/b/a Mike’s Catering for lease of the Snow Bowl Kitchen. Karen Grove seconded this
      motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   7. Mrs. Smith reported that Knox County is proposing the submittal of another Homeland
      Security Grant application regarding the upgrading of radio licensing for 10 years.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to participate in the regional radio re-licensing
       grant application and to authorize the Town Manager to send a letter of support.
       Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   8. The Board discussed approval of the withdrawal of funds from Reserve Accounts.

       After further discussion, the following motions were made:

              a. Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to approve withdrawing $18,543 from
                 the Harbor Projects Reserve for anticipated off-season improvements.
                 Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

              b. Karen Grove made a motion to approve the withdrawal of $2,784 from the
                 Snow Bowl Reserve to replace four track belts on the PB 300 Grooming
                 Machine. Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-
                 0-0 vote.

              c. Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to approve withdrawing $3,900 from
                 the Snow Bowl Reserve and $3,900 from the Parks Equipment Reserve for
                 the purchase of a 2008 Arctic Cat TRV 650 ATV to replace the existing ATV
                 once they receive additional quotes and award to the low bidder with final
                 approval from the Town Manager and the Director of Parks and
                 Recreation. Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a
                 5-0-0 vote.

   9. Karen Grove made a motion to approve the quarterly Certificate of Commitment for
      wastewater charges. Anita Brosius-Scott seconded this motion. The motion passed
      on a 5-0-0 vote.
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November 25, 2008

Chairperson French read the rules and regulations for conducting public hearings in preparation of
the public hearings to be held this evening.

   10. A public hearing was held on the application of James & Cynthia Ostrowski, d/b/a
       Blackberry Inn at 82 Elm Street for a Class V Spirituous Vinous and Malt Liquor License.
       Mrs. Smith reported there have been no incidents regarding this business reported to the
       Police Department over the past year.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any proponents. There were none.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any opponents. There were none.

       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing, no Board discussion followed.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to approve the renewal of the liquor license for
       the Inns at Blackberry Common, Blackberry Inn. Karen Grove seconded this motion.
       The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   11. Karen Grove made a motion to accept the resignation of Jeff Lewis from the Harbor
       Committee with regret. Anita Brosius-Scott seconded this motion. The motion
       passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   12. Karen Grove made a motion to appoint Jane Lafleur and Linda Norton as Camden’s
       representatives to the Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission for 2009. Anita
       Brosius-Scott seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   13. Committee Reports

       Cemetery Association: Deb Dodge reported they have been working on budget items and
       once that is completed they are going to be meeting quarterly instead of monthly.

       Parking Committee: They are changing their meeting time from 5:15 pm to 7:30 am on
       the third Tuesday of each month at the Public Safety Building. They are discussing revising
       the composition of the Committee and also have raised the question whether a member has
       to be a Camden resident or not.

       Parks and Recreation: Sharon Gilbert reported this committee is considering proposing
       the day camp with the YMCA again this year. The numbers were done last year but the
       program ran very smoothly.

       Camden Rockport Pathways: Anita Brosius-Scott reported that they had good
       participation at the last meeting. The next meeting will be December 10th and it will be a
       joint meeting with the Camden Conservation Commission to work on the Tannery easement
       riverpath.

   14. Manager’s Report
       a. Mrs. Smith reported the School Consolidation referendum is scheduled for January 27th
          from 8 am to 8 pm. The district will be holding public hearings in each town.
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November 25, 2008

       b. Mrs. Smith reported we have submitted reports necessary to the EPA in regards to the
          Brownfields Grant and have received the $200,000 grant funds.
       c. We have received the annual notice from the Maine Municipal Health Trust with the
          2009 rates. The rates for health insurance have increased 5.9% they are not proposing
          any other rate increases.
       c. Mrs. Smith reported we have received our first energy credit for the power generated at
          Seabright Hydro in the amount of $2,082.
       d. Mrs. Smith reported we will be installing daylight sensors on the streetlights for the
          wreaths and rope lights. The Camden Downtown Business Group will be contributing
          $150 towards the sensors. Once they are installed they will only be lit from dusk to
          dawn.

   At 10:00 pm Karen Grove made a motion to adjourn. Sharon Gilbert seconded this
   motion. The motion passed on 5-0-0 vote.


                                                Respectfully submitted,


                                                __________________________
                                                Janice L. Esancy
                                                Recording Secretary

				
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