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									                                      Camden Select Board
                                       Minutes of Meeting
                                         May 21, 2007

PRESENT: Chairperson John R. French, Jr., Vice Chairperson Karen Grove, Secretary Sidney G.
          Lindsley, Sharon Gilbert, James Kierstead, and Town Attorney William Kelly. Also
          present were members of the press and public.

ABSENT:       Town Manager, Roberta Smith


                                             Contents

 1. Public input on non-agenda items.

 2. Gateway I update

 3. Consideration of request for replacement streetlight at the corner of Pearl Street and Free
    Street.

 4. Approval of the Camden Police Department collective bargaining agreement for the period of
    July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2009.

 5. Approval of the withdrawal of funds from the Harbor Projects Reserve
                   a. $1565 improvements to five town floats.
                   b. $314 for outlets for Daysailer dock

 6. Recommendation of the Opera House Committee for the approval of the Camden Civic
    Theater Contract for the Use of the Opera House Auditorium and approval of the Stage
    Lighting Agreement for the period June 1, 2007 to August 31, 2008.

 7. Consideration of Dry Hydrant License Agreements.

 8. Confirmation of the appointment of two new members to Atlantic Engine Company #2: Elliot
    Mitchell and Christopher Bente.

 9. Proclamation designating Saturday, May 26, 2007 as Arbor Day in Camden

 10. Public Hearing on the following liquor license applications:
        a.    Cilcorp, Inc., Zaddik’s Pizza at 20 Washington Street for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous
              & Malt liquor license.
        b.    Schooner Exploration Associates, Ltd., d/b/a Schooner Appledore at Bay View
              Landing Wharf for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous & Malt liquor license.

 11. Consideration of the following renewal applications for Newspaper Vending Racks:
        a.    Robert & Patricia Rothwell d/b/a Camden Deli at 37 Main Street
        b.     Philip McElhaney d/b/a Boyton-McKay Food Co. at 30 Main Street
        c.    First Church of Christ, Scientist at 28 Chestnut Street
        d.    Courier Publications at 28 Chestnut Street
        e.    Bangor Daily News at 28 Chestnut Street
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         f.    Portland Press Herald at 28 Chestnut Street

 12. Consideration of the following Victualer’s License renewals: Atlantica Gallery & Grille, Bay
     View Street Deli, Bayview Lobster, Bippy’s Takeout, Boynton McKay, Camden Cone, Camden
     Deli, Camden Harbour Inn, Cappy’s Chowder House, Captain Swift Inn, Ephemere, Gilbert’s
     Publick House, Hartstone Inn, Lord Camden Inn, Maine Stay Inn, Peter Ott’s, Scott’s Place, Sea
     Spirit (Cedar Crest), Subway, Swan House, Towne Motel, Waterfront Restaurant, Whitehall
     Inn, and Zaddick’s Pizza.

 13. Consideration of the following Lodging Establishment License renewals: Beloin’s Motel,
     Camden Harbour Inn, Lodge at Camden Hills, Lord Camden Inn, Maine Stay Inn, Norumbega,
     Swan House, Towne Motel, and Whitehall Inn.

 14. Consideration of a request from the neighborhood along Rawson Avenue to close Ames
     Terrace on May 28th from 3 to 8 p.m. for a block party.

 15. Consideration of the renewal application of Barbara Simpson d/b/a Hit the Road at 23 Alder
     Lane in South Thomaston for a Taxicab Business License.

 16. Consideration of the Taxi Operator’s License applications driving for Hit the Road in South
     Thomaston:
          a. Barbara Simpson of South Thomaston
          b. Ricky Simpson of Rockport

 17. Consideration of the Taxi Operator’s License applications driving for Schooner Bay Taxi in
     Rockland:
        a.     Stanley Silva of Union
        b.     Edward Smith of St. George

 18. Consideration of abatement for Gail & John Teller at 23 Belmont Avenue in the amount of
     $255.63 for the 2006-07 tax year.

 19. Confirmation of the Town Clerk’s appointment of Election Warden for the June 12, 2007
     elections.

 20. Discussion concerning draft “Letter to the Editor”.

 21. Committee Reports


                                      Meeting of Minutes

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

   1. Public Input on non-agenda items.

   2. Paul Godfrey spokesperson from MDOT updated the Board on Gateway 1. He stated
      Gateway 1 is the collaborative effort of 21 coastal towns and cities, the DOT and the Federal
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      Highway Administration to shape the future of the 110 mile Route 1 corridor from
      Brunswick to Prospect. The purpose of the Gateway is to balance community growth and
      local values with state and federal transportation needs.

      They developed a Steering Committee which will decide with their communities, state and
      federal agencies how existing decision-making processes for transportation and land use
      should be modified to achieve the desired goals of this effort. Those goals are preserving
      mobility while enhancing safety, transportation choice, economic strength and quality of life
      along the Corridor.

      They have put together a book about Gateway 1 scenarios. The scenarios are stories about
      possible midcoast futures set in 2030. They show how outside forces could affect our lives,
      both good and bad. They are not recommendations or plans; they are possible futures
      worthy of pondering. They are based on substantial research and analysis. They have not
      chosen a particular scenario they use them in the planning process to prepare for what
      could happen in the future.

      The Board discussed with Mr. Godfrey and members of the public about the truck
      congestion. Mr. Godfrey stated they have been looking at lifting the weight limits on Route
      1 but that is not definite. Overall truck traffic is about 11-15% of the traffic congestion the
      rest is local traffic. Truck traffic is locally generated about 6 months out of the year. For the
      most part the traffic congestion is manageable it is only short term during the tourist
      season.

   3. Jane Lafleur of 5 Free Street presented to the Board a request to replace a streetlight in
      front of 1 Pearl Street/5 Free Street. Last month, Dr. Gary Witham sold his dental practice
      at 1 Pearl Street to a new dentist. Over the past decade, Dr. Witham has privately paid the
      cost of a high intensity street light for safety and security purposes. The new dental practice
      does not want to privately pay for the cost of a high intensity light. Therefore, Ms. Lafleur
      stated she has concerns that Pearl Street has a high volume of people and because of the
      safety of those people and children that she would recommend that the Board approve a
      light be placed on Pearl Street.

      James Kierstead made a motion to table this vote for two weeks to allow the Board to
      look at other intersections in town with streetlights. Sidney Lindsley seconded this
      motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   4. The Camden Police Department collective bargaining agreement was tabled.

   5. Harbor Master Steve Pixley requested approval of funds from the Harbor Reserve to rebuild
      some floats and repairs to the Harbor Master’s shack. They were able to rebuild 24 finger
      floats and hope to get another 6-8 years life expectancy from these floats. The new meter at
      the shack and Daysailer dock was roughly $300 more than approved.

      James Kierstead made a motion to approve the withdrawal of funds from the Harbor
      Projects Reserve for the following:

                    a. $1565 for improvements to town floats
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                   b. $314 for outlets for Daysailer dock to be used only for credit card
                       machines and occasional use no heaters.
                   c.
                Sidney Lindsley seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   6. Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the recommendation of the Opera House
      Committee for the approval of the Camden Civic Theater Contract for Use of the Opera
      House Auditorium and Stage Lighting Agreement for the period June 1, 2007 through
      August 21, 2008. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
      vote.

   7. James Kierstead made a motion to approve the dry hydrant license agreements for
      . Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   8. James Kierstead made a motion to confirm the appointments of Elliot Mitchell and
      Christopher Bente as municipal call fire fighters. Karen Grove seconded this motion.
      The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   9. Sidney Lindsley made a motion to adopt a resolution naming Saturday, May 26, 2007
      as Arbor Day in Camden. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a
      5-0-0 vote.

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

   10. Public Hearings were held regarding two liquor licenses. The applications have been
       reviewed by the Police Chief. There were no incidents reported at either of these
       establishments.

      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.

      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the following liquor licenses:
               a.   Cilcorp, Inc., d/b/a Zaddik’s Pizza at 20 Washington Street for a Class I
                    Spirituous, Vinous & Malt Liquor License.
               b.   Schooner Exploration Associates, Ltd., d/b/a Schooner Appledore at
                    Bay View Landing Wharf for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous & Malt Liquor
                    License.

      Karen seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   10. Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the renewal of newspaper vending rack
       licenses for Boynton-McKay at 30 Main Street and Camden Deli at 37 Main Street.
       Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.
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      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the new applications for newspaper
      vending racks on Chestnut Street with the condition that the newspaper vending
      racks are in good condition with no visible rust to prevent staining of the new
      sidewalk and the racks be placed to the left of the main entrance to the Camden Post
      Office near the existing US Post Office and Federal Express mailboxes. Karen Grove
      seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   11. The Board considered the renewals of the victualer's licenses for the following
       establishments: Atlantica Gallery & Grille, Bay View Street Deli, Bayview Lobster, Bippy’s
       Takeout, Boynton-McKay, Camden Cone, Camden Deli, Camden Harbour Inn, Cappy’s
       Chowder House, Captain Swift Inn, Ephemere, Gilbert’s Publick House, Hartstone Inn, Lord
       Camden Inn, Maine Stay Inn, Peter Ott’s, Scott’s Place, Sea Spirit (Cedar Crest),Subway, Swan
       House, Towne Motel, Waterfront Restaurant, Whitehall Inn, and Zaddick’s Pizza. The
       applications have been reviewed and signed by the code enforcement officer.

      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the victualer license renewals for the
      following establishments: Atlantica Gallery & Grille, Bay View Street Deli, Bayview
      Lobster, Bippy’s Takeout, Boynton-McKay, Camden Cone, Camden Deli, Camden
      Harbour Inn, Cappy’s Chowder House, Captain Swift Inn, Ephemere, Gilbert’s Publick
      House, Hartstone Inn, Lord Camden Inn, Maine Stay Inn, Peter Ott’s, Scott’s Place, Sea
      Spirit (Cedar Crest),Subway, Swan House, Towne Motel, Waterfront Restaurant,
      Whitehall Inn, and Zaddick’s Pizza. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion
      passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   12. The Board reviewed the lodging license renewals for the following establishments: Beloin’s
       Motel, Camden Harbour Inn, Lodge at Camden Hills, Lord Camden Inn, Maine Stay Inn,
       Norumbega, Swan House, Towne Motel, and Whitehall Inn. The code officer and fire chief
       have inspected the establishments.

      Karen Grove made a motion to approve the lodging licenses renewals for the
      following establishments: Beloin’s Motel, Camden Harbour Inn, Lodge at Camden
      Hills, Lord Camden Inn, Maine Stay Inn, Norumbega, Swan House, Towne Motel, and
      Whitehall Inn. Sidney Lindsley seconded the motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
      vote.

   14. The Board considered the request of the residents of Rawson Avenue for approval to close
       Ames Terrace to through traffic on Monday, May 28th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a
       neighborhood block party. The Board has approved this request for the past few years, and
       there have been no problems.

      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the request to close Pearl Street from Free
      Street to Norwood Avenue on Saturday, August 27th between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
      for a block party. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
      vote.

   15. The Board considered the renewal application of Barbara Simpson d/b/a Hit the Road for a
       Taxicab Business License.
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      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the application of Barbara Simpson d/b/a
      Hit the Road for a Taxicab Business License. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The
      motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   16. Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the renewal Taxi Operator’s License
       applications for Barbara Simpson of South Thomaston and Ricky Simpson of
       Rockport, both driving for Hit the Road. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The
       motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   17. Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the Taxi Operator’s License applications
       for Stanley Silva of Union and Edward Smith of St. George, both driving for Schooner
       Bay Taxi in Rockland. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-
       0-0 vote.

   18. The Board considered tax abatement for the tax year 2006-2007. The tax is for a new home
       which the Assessor was unable to gain entry to assess. When the owners returned to
       Camden he was able to go through the home and this abatement is a result of his visit.

      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the tax abatement for the tax year 2006-
      2007 for Gail and John Teller at 23 Belmont Avenue in the amount of $255.63. Karen
      Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   19. The Board reviewed the confirmation of the Town Clerk's appointment of Peter Gross as
       election warden for the June 12, 2007 elections.

      Sidney Lindsley made a motion to approve the confirmation of the Town Clerk's
      appointment of Peter Gross as election warden for the June 12, 2007 elections. Karen
      Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   20. The Board discussed a draft letter to the editor prepared by Board member Sharon Gilbert.
       A few changes were made to the letter in the first sentence replace inaccurate with
       misunderstandings; in the first paragraph under the 4th bullet change time to 7PM to 7AM;
       and the last bullet under other facts decrease of more than $107,000 add the word this year.

      Chairperson French stated this is a good letter. It’s important to make clear that these
      functions have already been served by the Knox Regional Communications Center for the
      last six years.

      Board member Lindsley stated that he believes every town in Knox County except Camden
      have already switched all their dispatch over to KRCC.

      Anita Brosius-Scott of 21 Ames Terrace asked if the Board would be willing to extend the
      receptionist hours to 7:30 pm. She believes it really important to have a presence in that
      building during tourist season.

      After further discussion, James Kierstead made a motion to approve the Letter to the
      Editor with the recommended changes. Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The
      motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.
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   21. Committee Reports: James Kierstead reported that tomorrow is the last organizational
       meeting for the Honor Roll Dedication ceremony scheduled for Monday, May 28th on the
       Village Green.


      At 8:35 p.m. Karen Grove made a motion to adjourn. Sharon Gilbert seconded the
      motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.


                                               Respectfully submitted,



                                               __________________________
                                               Janice L. Esancy
                                               Recording Secretary

								
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