JUNE 29, 2009




Board members:  George D. Richardson, Jr., Gerald A. Bodmer and Ross A. Norton

Citizens:  Ben Crehore, Richard DeVries, Dennis Dunbar and Ruth & John Nelson

Guests:  Charlotte Boynton of the Wiscasset Newspaper and Greg Foster of the Lincoln County News


Meeting Commenced:


1.  First Selectman George D. Richardson, Jr. called the meeting to order at 12:09 p.m.


Business Conducted:


2.   The Selectmen reviewed and George motioned to approve Warrant No.52 for $19,799.50; Ross, 2nd; vote: 3-0.


3.   The minutes of the June 15, 2009 & June 22, 2009 meetings were reviewed. George motioned to accept as written; Jerry, 2nd; vote: 3-0


5.   Wiscasset Transfer Station: George reported that he had discussed Westport’s share of the Wiscasset Transfer Station operating expenses for 2009-2010 with Wiscasset Town Manager Arthur Faucher. George convinced him that our commitment should be $76,442.44 versus $79,515.00 as originally suggested.


6.   Town Office Computer software: George read the bill from Newburg Associates for $2,400.00 to provide license renewal and yearly support under the agreement of their software contract with us. George motioned to pay the fee; Ross, 2nd; vote: 3-0.


7.   SVRSU: Dennis Dunbar requested that the Selectmen sign and send a letter he had drafted to the RSU12 Superintendent, that proposed a one year, mutually renewable lease for Westport’s two school buses, be considered by the RSU because of the uncertainty of the school consolidation law repeal. The Selectmen advised Dennis and Richard DeVries to check how much money could be saved, what other towns are doing, propose this plan to the RSU and then return back to the Selectmen with these addition details for consideration.


8.   Baker Road Issue: George advised that Atty. William Dale will visit the site around 8:00 Tuesday morning (6/30/09) with the Selectmen in order to provide his advice on how to proceed. Notice of the visit was posted in the Town office and the newspapers were advised, as required.


9.   Ferry Road; George advised that he had talked with Steve DeWick of Pinetree Engineering and asked him to work with Road Commissioner Gary Cromwell to prepare specifications for a RFP for the Ferry Road work. George motioned that the RFP be prepared in order to put the job out for bid; Ross, 2nd; vote: 3-0.


10. Other Business: Jerry advised that Joe Donohue had offered to help Jack Swanton with Time Warner Cable TV issues, franchise agreements and the Lincoln County Consortium. George offered to contact Jack with his offer.


11. Huggins Property Issue:  George reported that a visit was made this week and photos were taken because the problem still exists. George has contacted the DEP Solid Waste Division (6/29/09) and is on hold temporarily until he receives a return call.


12. Water Quality Improvement Fund: Jerry advised that the DEP Director of the Bureau of Land & Water Quality, Andrew Fisk, had contacted him (6/29/09) and advised that the intent of LD1399 as currently written (new & replacement subsurface systems anywhere in the state) has been discussed among the legislators and will remain as written. He further stated that Westport Island should hold the surcharge money collected (starting July 1st) until the DHS, DEP or DMR contacts us on what to do with the money. He said he would contact Jerry with the details…….which Jerry said are spelled out in the bill.



Meeting Adjourned:


 13. George moved to adjourn at 1:31 p.m.; Ross, 2nd; vote: 3-0


Respectively submitted,




George D. Richardson, Jr.                 Gerald A. Bodmer                    Ross A. Norton