TOWN OF WESTPORT ISLAND

BOARD OF SELECTMEN, ASSESSORS AND OVERSEERS MEETING

May 30, 2007

 

Present:

 

Board members: George D. Richardson, Jr., Brenda J. Bonyun and John B. Swanton                  

 

Citizens: Bill Cooney, Ben Crehore, Norma Dreyfus and Ruth & John Nelson

 

Guest:  Charlotte Boynton of the Wiscasset Newspaper

 

Meeting Commenced:

 

1.  George convened the meeting at 7:20 p.m. with an apology to those who had waited while the B.O.S. completed the public hearings.

 

Business Conducted:

 

2. George moved to approve Warrant No. 48 for $18,040.21; Jack, 2nd; Vote 3-0.

 

3. George moved to approve the minutes of May 23, 2007 with a minor spelling

    correction; Brenda, 2nd; Vote 3-0.

 

4. Town Hall:

A.  Bill Cooney asked when to hand in warrant requests. He was told A.S.A.P.

B. The well issue at the Town hall has been rectified and Bill will send out a water test next week.

C. Bill checked into historic building requirements for handicap accessibility. He found they do not need paved parking. They will look into gravel and grading instead.

D. George moved to have the Road Commissioner, Garry Cromwell, check the site and give an estimate. Jack seconded the motion; Vote 3-0.

 

5.      Westport Fire Department:

A.     Bob Mooney reported he has met with EMA to discuss Patriot's Day storm and that Westport Island fared well compared to other towns. The fire station had a generator running so people could cook, shower, get water, and stay warm as needed. The problem was the fire department is low on personnel and couldn't man the station at all times. There was discussion of the need for volunteers during emergency situations.  Bob will speak out at town meeting as to need for volunteers.  George commended Bob for getting the grant monies they have used.

B.   The position of EMA director is required by the State as tied to homeland security.  There was discussion of how best to keep all positions filled without burnout.

C. Bob reported the cost of the furnace caused an over draft in their budget of $978.  George moved to pay the overdraft out of the contingency account.  Jack seconded the motion; Vote 3-0.

 

 6. The B.O.S. agreed a Flag Committee was a good idea. Appointed to the committee

     were:  Marianne Williams, Murlyn and Kim Greenleaf, Bob Mooney, and Ben

     Crehore. George motioned to approve these members; Jack, 2nd; Vote 3-0.

 

7. John and Ruth Nelson donated a flag to the Town of Westport Island in memory of

   Bruce Pierce who served in the U.S. Navy from 1931-1935.  They will replace it as

   needed.  The B.O.S. gave a warm heartfelt thank you to the Nelsons.

 

8. Tuesday night is the informational meeting at the Town Hall.  Arthur Ballard has

    volunteered to be the moderator.  George moved to approve Art; Jack, 2nd; Vote 3-0.

 

 9. The B.O.S. will sign and post a copy of the referendum ballot signed by them in three

     places: Town Hall, Town Office and the Store.

 

10. Jack and Brenda signed an abatement letter and form for Lot 7 Map 69.9 for Norma

     Dreyfus and Stanley Lane.

 

11. A ramp and float hearing was set for Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 for Over the Hill

      LLC at David Soule's property on Haskell Road.

 

Meeting Adjourned:

 

12.  George moved to adjourn at 9:10 p.m.; Jack, 2nd; Vote: 3-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

George D. Richardson, Jr.

 

 

 

Brenda J. Bonyun

 

 

 

John B. Swanton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  18.. George moved to adjourn at 9:10 p.m. Jack, 2nd. Vote 3-0