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					                                    Camden Select Board
                                     Minutes of Meeting
                                      August 4, 2009

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

                                           Contents

  1. Public input on non-agenda items

  2. Approval of the repairs to the Town Clock as outlined in the proposal from Balzer Clock
     Works

  3. Discussion regarding the acquisition of a Public Safety boat

  4. Consideration of the renewal Taxicab Operator’s License for Stephen Sawyer of Warren
     driving for Schooner Bay

  5. Consideration of the following Lodging License and Victualer’s License renewals:
        a. Lodging License renewal for Marlene Jo Freilich d/b/a the High Tide Inn at z 505
            Belfast Road
        b. Lodging License renewal for Kipp Wright & Elizabeth O’Connor d/b/a Abigail’s Inn
            at 8 High Street
        c. Victualer License renewal for Kipp Wright & Elizabeth O’Connor d/b/a Abigail’s Inn
            at 8 High Street

  6. Consideration of the Annual Election for MMA Vice President and Executive Committee
     Members

  7. Consideration of appointment of Jen Conover Andrus to fill a vacant Alternate position on
     the Parks and Recreation Committee

  8. Consideration of revised terms of the Goodwin Bog Bridge Boat Ramp parking easement

  9. Approval of the FY09 Carryover Funds

  10. Committee Reports

  11. Manager’s Report

                                      Minutes of the Meeting

  1. There was no public input on non-agenda items.

  2. The Board discussed approval of the repairs to the E. Howard Town Clock. Morgan
     Laidlaw stated that the letter from Linda Balzer, President of the Balzer Family
     Clock Works, was a very enjoyable letter to read and Ms. Balzer is an expert
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       technical writer. In this letter from Linda Balzer, she stated the only way to access
       the hands and outer bearing is to disconnect the motion work from the dial shaft
       and remove the glass clips and caulking around the perimeter of the glass disk that
       will secure it to the cast iron. Since the hands and counterweights extend beyond
       the glass center disk, you have to tip the glass out of the cast iron framework using
       the motion work as the lifting lever while carefully working the hands and
       counterweights in through the center opening of the cast iron framework. She also
       explains that once the maintenance work is performed on the hands and outer
       bearing, the glass disk is reinstalled.

       Anita Brosius-Scott explained she received a copy of a letter from Ken Foster, who is
       a member of the Historic Resources Committee and a professional architect,
       expressed his concerns stating he needs more time to review this proposal. Mr.
       Foster is currently out of the country and still remains uncomfortable lending his
       full support. His primary concern is with the division bars on the Town Clock and
       feels it will be distracting and confusing reading the clock when lit from behind. The
       white cast iron bars in the center, which is the section that will be added, are not
       very visible because they will be painted white. Mr. Foster explained that at night
       they will be lit from behind and the bars will be silhouetted by the light. He
       understands the importance of safely maintaining the clock and reducing the
       ongoing maintenance expense, however he also explained his concern is with the
       divisions on the face because this may be distracting and every step possible should
       be made to keep these divisions as minimal in appears as possible.

       Anita Brosius-Scott stated she is also concerned with the same issues that Ken has
       with the changes that are recommended by the Balzers represents a significant
       change in the esthetics of the clock, especially at night. Ms. Scott stated because Ken
       is the only architect on the Historic Resources Committee, she gives his opinion
       significant weight.

       Ms. Brosius-Scott wonders if there is another approach to this face alteration, that
       could be done to maintain the clock face and dials on the exterior. Ms. Brosius-Scott
       questioned how long it will take to expend $20,000 if this work were done by using
       scaffolding, like they used to paint the exterior of the steeple or if they could use a
       cherry picker. She stated even though it may be expensive, it would take awhile
       before we would spend $20,000 to use a cherry picker, to reach the exterior hands.

       Anita Broius-Scott made a motion to wait until we receive 100% approval
       from the Historic Resources Committee on the design. Motion was not
       seconded therefore the motion died due to lack of a second.

       Deb Dodge questioned Anita’s motion because she felt it’s virtually impossible to get
       a unanimous vote from a committee. However, Ms. Dodge stated that the questions
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       that Anita has should go back to the committee and ask them what the alternatives
       are.

       John French stated that Bob McGowan was at a Select Board approximately a year
       ago, and talked about the quarter glass and the issues with the colors and Mr.
       McGowan stated it is a safety savings over the life of the clock. Mr. French explained
       there isn’t a cherry picker that would reach that high on all four sides and he explained
       that he has never heard from any other members of the Historic Resources Committee with
       any concerns. Mr. French doesn’t support Anita’s motion for a 100% unanimous approval
       because it’s a consensus of the group, as it is with all committees.

       Karen Grove stated as far as the esthetics of the clock, it’s as objective as any artwork and
       Ms. Grove has no problem with this bar arrangement. Ms. Grove also explained that Bob
       McGowan previously stated that this type of bar is necessary to support the weight of the
       types of repairs that go on there.

       John French made a motion to approve the Town Clock work as outlined in the Balzer
       Family Clock Works proposal dated August 27, 2009. Morgan Laidlaw seconded this
       motion. The motion passed on a 4-1-0 vote. (Brosius-Scott opposed)

       David Vaugh came forward to explain he was involved with Bob McGowan on the clock and
       project managed the collection of the public funds and in talking to Mr. McGowan, he
       understood the Historic Resources Committee went to great lengths to make sure the paint
       they were using, does not reflect through the glass. The paint is designed to match the color
       of the glass and Mr. Vaugh stated he would recommend that this project be moved forward.

       Chairperson Grove publically thanked the citizens involved with the fundraising. Below is a
       list of the funding:

              Church donation                $4,000          Balance Clock repair funds     $3,000
              Public donation to date        $3,838          Town Contingency Funds         $9,662

   3. Fire Chief, Chris Farley reported he and Lt. Randy Gagne have found a used boat at Port
      Harbor Marine. This boat is a 1999 C Hawk 18’ Center Console, which includes an American
      Galvanized Roller Trailer for $7000. Both Chief Farley and Lt. Gagne have test driven the
      boat and feel it would be an asset for both departments and this boat will be stored at the
      Public Safety Building.

       Morgan Laidlaw stated he had a conversation with the Harbor Master about this issue and
       Mr. Pixley is very receptive to having a boat that can be used in the harbor in December
       when the harbor master boats aren’t in use. Mr. Laidlaw felt this was a no brainer.

       John French agreed completely and he feels we need to have the means to be able to get
       out there, when we need to be there. Mr. French explained the day Farley and Gagne
       were testing the boat, they did a rescue that day.

       Anita Brosius-Scott stated she is in favor of this discussion; however she wanted to
       understand why there wasn’t a boat available for that long a period of time. Mr. Gagne
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       explained the Town has been very lucky for long time and they are looking at this as a joint
       effort between the Fire Department and the Police Department and both departments will
       have access to use this for an emergency situation 24 hours a day.

       Anita Brosius-Scott expressed her thanks to Port Harbor Marine for the reduction in price
       and the owner of the boat for the $2000 deduction.

       Chris Farley explained that Randy Gagne contacted the Coast Guard and they will come and
       put on a two day Small Vessel Operations Course for the Fire Department and Police
       Department.

       John French stated he has seen the boat and agrees with Lt. Gagne that the boat is in
       excellent condition and this would be an investment and money well spent.

       Anita Brosius-Scott asked Roberta Smith were the money would come from to purchase this
       boat. Ms. Smith explained in the FY09 Contingency Fund there was a balance of around
       $32,000 that we talked about carrying forward for the balance of the clock work, the
       Windjammer Festival advance and water rescue training for the water rescue suits, which
       leaves a balance of around $8700 of carryover funds. Ms. Smith stated that would be one
       source of the money, should the board decide to approve this tonight.

       Anita Brosius-Scott asked how the Board could get a commitment from the Fire Department
       and Police Department to maintain this boat in good working order. John French explained
       that this shouldn’t be an issue, because the Police Department and the Fire Department has
       always taken care of all their equipment.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to approve the purchase of the 1999 C Hawk 18’
       Center Console offered by Port Harbor Marine for $7,000 to be paid for out of the
       FY09 Contingency Carryover. Deb Dodge seconded the motion. The motion passed
       on a 5-0-0 vote.

       John French made a motion to take up to $1700 with town managers approval and
       the Fire Chief and Lt. Gagne will bring forward any necessary equipment needed to
       make this a reliable and safe boat for the citizens of the Town of Camden. Morgan
       Laidlaw seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.


   4. John French made a motion to approve taxi operator’s license applications for
      Stephen Sawyer of Warren, driving for Schooner Bay. Morgan Laidlaw seconded the
      motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   5. The Board considered lodging and victualer licenses: Manager Smith reported that all have
      been reviewed and approved by the Codes Office and Fire Chief.

       John French made a motion to approve the following:
          a. Marlene Jo Freilich, d/b/a High Tide Inn at 505 Belfast Road for a Lodging
              License
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         b. Kipp Wright & Elizabeth O’Connor, d/b/a Abigail’s Inn at 8 High Street for a
             Lodging License
         c. Kipp Wright & Elizabeth O’Connor d/b/a Abigail’s Inn at 8 High Street for a
             Victualer License
       Morgan Laidlaw seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   6. John French made a motion to vote for Mark Green to a 1 year term as Vice-President
      and Matthew Arnett, Joyce Maker, Peter Nielson to a 3 year term to Maine Municipal
      Association Vice President and Executive Committee member. Anita Brosius-Scott
      seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   7. Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to appoint Jen Conover Andrus to fill a vacant
      Alternate position on the Parks and Recreation Committee. John French seconded
      this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   8. This item was moved to executive session.

   9. Roberta explained we have ended the year with $13, 533 in revenue over the estimate. One
      of the biggest issues in the FY10 budget in making it balance was all the miscellaneous
      revenue that she is predicting a shortage in. In terms of unexpended balance of
      appropriations with the carry forwards, reserves and capital funds, she is suggesting that
      the board carry forward and it would leave about $229,000 in unexpended appropriation
      that would lapse to surplus. The things that impact surplus would be overlay and unpaid
      taxes.

       Roberta reviewed with the Board the Carryover Funds as shown on the July 22 financial
       report.

       John French made a motion to approve the FY09 Carryover Funds as shown on the
       July 22, 2009 financial report. Deb Dodge seconded the motion. The motion passed
       on a 5-0-0 vote.

   10. Committee Reports

       Energy Report: Morgan Laidlaw reported the Committee is still in their research stages.
       Through the committees research there are several inconsistencies with the actual cost of
       the turbines. There was also discussion about what the purpose of the committee is and if
       they need to go in the direction of wind or work more on hydro.

       Harbor Committee: Morgan Laidlaw reported there was a discussion about mooring
       inspection and placement of mooring balls. Steve Pixley explained the dock revenue has
       decreased this year possibly due to the weather.

       Planning Board: Deb Dodge reported they had a public hearing on Formula Franchise
       Business Ordinance change. She explained there were a lot of opinions voiced both for and
       against this ordinance. Deb explained that John French had a great suggestion and that
       would be to have a group work session with the Planning Board, Select Board and the
       Economic Development Committee to have a round table discussion.
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   11. Manager’s Report

           a. The Willow Street project is scheduled to start this week and they are getting
              ready to prep for paving.

           b. Roberta explained she had a visit from a representative from the Maine Municipal
              Association, Risk Management that does our insurance pool and the town received a
              dividend check for $9,252 on the general fund and $387.00 for wastewater.

           c. Manager Smith reported that she received thank you letters from Penquis, Camden
              District Nursing Association and United Mid-Coast Charities for the donations that
              were made from the town’s trust funds.

       At 8:20pm a motion was made by John French and seconded by Deb Dodge to adjourn
       to executive session regarding the Goodwin Bog Bridge Boat Ramp parking easement.
       The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

       The Board came out of executive session at 8:45pm.

       At 8:46 a motion was made and seconded to adjourn. The motion passed on a 5-0-0.




                                               Melissa A. Geary
                                               Recording Secretary

				
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