Minutes Bar Harbor Town Council April 21, 2009 I. CALL TO ORDER – 7:00 p.m. – In attendance were Councilors: Ruth Eveland, Robert Garland, Paul Paradis, Sandy McFarland, Julia Schloss, Greg Veilleux, and Robert Jordan, Jr. A. Excused Absence(s) – (None.) II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A. April 7, 2009 – Regular Meeting – Councilor Jordan requested under Council Comments that it be stated that the MDI Show Choir came in first “at the State Competition”. Mr. Paradis, with second by Ms. Schloss, moved to approve the minutes of the April 7, 2009 regular meeting as amended by Councilor Jordan. Motion passed 7-0. III. ADOPTION OF AGENDA – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Jordan, moved to adopt the agenda as presented with the exception of adding an item titled person- nel matter under item VIII. Motion passed 7-0. IV. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Due to temporary absences, statements will be available next meeting or earlier.) V. PUBLIC HEARINGS: (None Scheduled) VI. REGULAR BUSINESS: A. Town Meeting: June 2009 – Signing approved drafts: 1. Annual Town Meeting Warrant 2. Notice of Public Hearing Mr. Paradis, with second by Ms. Schloss, moved to sign the June 2009 Town Meeting Warrant and Notice of Public Hearing as presented. Motion passed 7-0. B. Taxi & Bus Permit Renewals: 1. CJTL, Inc. d/b/a At Your Service Taxi, Airport & Harbor Car Ser- vice – Request of Clare Bingham for six taxi permits. Approved by Police Chief and Proof of Insurance provided. – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved to approve the permit for CJTL, Inc. d/b/a At Your Service Taxi and Airport & Harbor Car Service as re- quested. Motion passed 7-0. 2. Oli’s Trolley, Inc. & Acadia Island Tours – Request of William Sweet for four trolley permits. Approved by Police Chief and Proof of Insurance provided. – Council Jordan disclosed that he works for a competitor. Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved that Bar Harbor Town Council April 21, 2009 Page 2 Mr. Jordan does not have a conflict of interest on this item Motion passed 6-0-1 (Recused: Mr. Jordan). Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved to approve the permit for Oli’s Trolley, Inc. & Acadia Island Tours as requested. Motion passed 7-0. C. Legislation - Invitation to Senator Damon accepted and will attend for discussion of local transportation concerns. – Following much discussion of the State’s financial situation, and the various mechanisms that affect funding including federal grant funds that impact MDOT’s priority projects. In addition, discussion included broader economic development for bigger businesses, Maine’s future, tax burden on businesses, and more tax burden to property owners. At Senator Damon’s offer and Council’s request, he will contact the Trans- portation Commissioner or deputy and arrange a meeting with Council. The tentative agenda date is May 19th. Senator Damon will return with confirmation. D. Acadia Night Sky Festival – Request of Councilor Schloss for a written commitment from the Bar Harbor Town Council supporting the Acadia Night Sky Festival to be held September 17th through 21st, 2009. - Follow- ing a brief description of the project from Councilor Schloss, Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Garland, moved to approve the letter of support of the Acadia Night Sky Festival as presented. Motion passed 7-0. E. Resolution of Appreciation for retiring call fireman Steve Walls. – Mr. Jordan, with second by Mr. Paradis, moved to sign the resolution recogniz- ing Steve Walls for his 33 years of service to the Town of Bar Harbor as a member of the Bar Harbor Fire Department. Motion passed 7-0. Resolution Of The Bar Harbor Town Council WHEREAS, Steven A. Walls joined the Bar Harbor Fire Department in 1975 as a call firefighter, serving as a member for over 33 years, and retir- ing from service in October 2008. WHEREAS, Steve Walls is recognized for his dedication and is known as someone you could always count on. He volunteered his services with- out reservations, responded to alarms early and stayed until the work was complete. Returning to the station, he helped place the apparatus back in service, even if he was due back to work. WHEREAS, during Steve Walls career, he worked tirelessly to extin- guish many of the major fires that struck Bar Harbor over the years. Fires such as the Green Brothers Block, College of the Atlantic, Jackson Laboratory, and the Bluenose Inn just to name a few. Bar Harbor Town Council April 21, 2009 Page 3 WHEREAS, Steve Walls self-employment as a painter gained his know- ledge and conditioning to ladders which assisted him in fighting fires; and he freely shared his knowledge in training sessions. WHEREAS, Steve Walls will long be remembered by his fellow firemen as a man of good cheer that made working with him enjoyable. BE IT RESOLVED, that the Honorable members of the Bar Harbor Town Council do hereby recognize and honor Steven A. Walls for his thirty-three year career with the Bar Harbor Fire Department, who is an exemplary model of selfless public service in serving the Town, and now hereby take this opportunity to wish him much success and enjoyment in his retirement. F. Property Tax Write-offs – Request of the Treasurer for the Tax Collector and Treasurer the authority to write-off any residual tax balances of $10.00 or less. – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Garland, moved to order that the Tax Collector and Treasurer have the discretionary authority to write off any residual tax balances up to $10.00. Motion passed 7-0. G. Recycling Grant – Request of Town Manager for authorization to accept the $500 Waste Management & Recycling Program grant from the State Planning Office. – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Garland, moved to au- thorize the Town Manager, or his designee to accept the $500 Waste Man- agement & Recycling Program grant from the State Planning Office. Mo- tion passed 7-0. H. Council Meeting Schedule – Town Manager’s request to schedule an or- ganizational meeting of Council following the Town election as required by Charter § C-52, within two days of the election. – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved to schedule the Town Council Organizational Meeting for 4pm on June 10, 2009. Motion passed 7-0. I. Treasurer’s Warrant – Request of Treasurer to authorize paid bills. – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved to sign the Treasurer’s Warrant for paid bills. Motion passed 7-0. VII. COUNCIL COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR NEXT AGENDA Mr. Veilleux thanked Senator Damon for coming this evening and taking the time to speak on transportation needs for Bar Harbor. Ms. Schloss seconded Mr. Veilleux’s comment. She also announced the next Stakeholder’s meeting will be held on April 30th at 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Abbe Museum and that they are looking for new ideas. Mr. Garland reported that he recently read the book “Champlain’s Dream” which gave him more insight of this area and thoroughly enjoyed it. VIII. MATTERS FOR POSSIBLE EXECUTIVE SESSION: Bar Harbor Town Council April 21, 2009 Page 4 A. Personnel Matter– (To be held in executive session as permitted by 1 MRSA 405.6.A for discussion or consideration of a personnel matter.) – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved to go into executive ses- sion at 8:39 p.m. as permitted by 1 MRSA 405.6.A for discussion or con- sideration of a personnel matter. Motion passed 7-0. Following a break, Council entered into executive session at 8:43 p.m. Council came out of executive session at 8:53 p.m. IX. ADJOURNMENT – Mr. Paradis, with second by Mr. Veilleux, moved to ad- journ at 8:53 p.m. Motion passed 7-0. Paul Paradis, Secretary
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