Town of Westport Island

Board of Selectmen, Assessors and Overseers Meeting

April 25, 2011



Selectmen -George D. Richardson, Jr., Ross A. Norton, absent – Gerald A. Bodmer

Citizens- Bill Hopkins, Dennis Dunbar, Ann & Neal Cavanaugh, Art Ballard, David Blake,

                Bob Mooney & Roger Quant

Guests –Charlotte Boynton, Ron Abbott, Ron Lear, Peter Arnold, Peter Dalton, Laurie Smith & Robert Fairfield


  1. BOS Meeting Commenced:  George called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.


Business Conducted


  1. Warrant:  George moved to approve warrant #46 for $38,616.16; Ross seconded.

Payroll $2,284.42.00   Payables $36,331.74   Ross seconded, vote 2-0


  1. New-Old Fire Truck:

Our fire chief, Robert Mooney, attended the meeting to tell us that the department has a New-Old Fire Truck (1980-Pierce 750/750 Attack Truck), that they got from the Lovell Fire Department.


  1. Wiscasset Town Manager:

On April 20th, Wiscasset Town Manager, Laurie Smith, asked permission to speak to the Selectmen to update them on issues that will affect the Town of Westport Island.  George responded, inviting her and managers to our Selectmen’s meeting April 25, 2011 (tonight).


  1. EMS – Ambulance:

EMS Director, Ron Abbott, and Wiscasset Town Manager, Laurie Smith said that they are probably going to ask the Town of Westport Island to contribute $3,000.00 for Emergency Medical Calls because of rising costs.  Their budget was $200,000.00 last year and actual cost was about $280,000.00.


  1. Transfer Station:

Transfer Station Director, Ron Lear, talked about some options to try to increase recycling.  If we, Westport Islanders, do not recycle everything we can we could be looking at possible fines or $1.00 per bag charges.  Ron did give us an estimate of $75,535.00 for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.


  1. Tidal Power:

Peter Arnold, Sustainability Rep. from Chewonki Foundation and Peter Dalton, Wiscasset Harbor Master, will take part in a large study, over the next few weeks, on migrating salmon and sturgeon in the Back River.






  1. Abatement:

George moved to grant Daryl & Donna Grant, map 6, lot 76.11, for an abatement in

2008-$5.53, 2009-$6.07, 2010-$7.11, because of miscalculations of acreage.  Ross seconded, vote 2-0.


  1. Meeting adjourned: George motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:36 p.m.  Ross seconded, vote 2-0.


  1. Reopen Meeting:

George motioned to reopen the meeting at 8:52 p.m.  Ross seconded, vote 2-0.


  1. Minutes Approved:

George moved to accept the minutes of 4-18-2011, Parts I & II.  Ross seconded, vote 2-0.


  1. Meeting adjourned again:

George motioned to adjourn the meeting at 8:53 p.m.  Ross Seconded, vote 2-0.



Respectfully Submitted





George D. Richardson, Jr.                  Ross A. Norton

1st Selectman                                       3rd Selectman