COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING
The special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Clark at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday February 16, 2021. Commissioner Wombacher, Commissioner Paradis, County Administrator Scott Adkins and Deputy County Administrator Rebekah Knowlton were also in attendance, as well as several Department Heads and members of the public. Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.
MOTION: Move to adopt the agenda as presented with the exception of removing item 7C (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
A Discussion Regarding a Resolution to Ask the Sheriff to Resign
MOTION: Hancock County Commissioners ask for Sheriff Kane’s resignation for his handling of the recovery coaching program with Healthy Acadia (Wombacher/Paradis 1-2 Clark and Paradis opposed, motion failed)
During discussion Commissioner Wombacher said the Sheriff failed in the obligation to provide services to the inmates. He said this is also about walking away from financial support of Healthy Acadia to the Sheriff’s Office for programs that keep the county safe, the Sheriff’s failure to inform the entire Commission, that no replacement was in place and that it took seven months and public outcry to restore it. Commissioner Paradis said that although he seconded the motion for discussion, he thought it would be improper to ask a duly elected sheriff to resign and he would not support the motion. Commissioner Clark said regardless of how egregious the public feels the Sheriff’s actions or statements were, they don’t come close to meeting the standard for removal. He said he would not ask Sheriff Kane to resign. Several members of the public made comments, both in favor of and in opposition to the Sheriff’s resignation.
MOTION: Issue the following statement to Sheriff Kane:
Sheriff Scott Kane,
This correspondence is intended to convey the Hancock County Commissioners’ disappointment with how you handled the jail’s recovery coaching service.
Although we understand that you have the sole discretion in selecting what agency will provide each of the jail’s programs, your inability to maintain a smooth and uninterrupted transition from Healthy Acadia to another provider resulted in a 7-month loss of the recovery coaching. This is unacceptable and we implore you to take the necessary time and devote the appropriate attention to your actions, especially when those decisions directly affect the individuals under your care.
Additionally, we urge you to base your selection of service agencies more on their particular skill in relation to the task and less upon what those agencies’ philosophical beliefs may be when those beliefs don’t affect the service they provide.
Hancock County Commissioners
(Clark/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Sheriff Kane said he acknowledges the message from the Commissioners and he understands. He also wanted to thank those who spoke, both in support and opposition, and assure them that they have been heard.
There was no additional public comment.
MOTION: Move to approve the minutes of the January 30, 2021 Special Meeting and the minutes of the February 2, 2021 Regular Meeting, both as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to sign the Certificate recognizing Victim Witness Advocate Karen Brown for her 20 years of service to Hancock County and thank her for her dedicated service (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to sign the Certificate recognizing Legal Secretary 1 Anneliese Craig for her 10 years of service to Hancock County and thank her for her dedicated service (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to hire Michelle Potter of Columbia Falls as Administrative Assistant at grade/step 12C effective February 20, 2021 as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Ms. Potter has been employed as Victim Witness Advocate in the Washington County District Attorney’s office.
MOTION: Move to approve Lease Amendment No. 3 with Maine Coastal Flight Center, Inc. dated February 16, 2021, and approve the Chair signing as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to approve the land lease assignment of Parcel P-5 dated February 16, 2021 from Daniel McGraw to Robert Young and approve the Chair signing as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Discussion regarding Silver Airways outstanding balance-
As this includes communication with legal counsel, the Commissioners agreed to move this agenda item to the March 23, 2021 meeting and discuss in executive session.
MOTION: Move to promote Corrections Officer Blake Morey to Temp Full Time, effective February 27, 2021 with the accrual of sick and comp time as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to work Corrections Officer Michael Butters out of classification, following the guidelines set by Article 24 section 4 of the Union Contract as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to approve the following transfers from account G 1-3011-00/Building Escrow as requested: $15,000 to E 06-90-907 – Access Control; $47,350 to E 06-9-916 – Sheriff’s Office Roofing Project; $9,900 to E 06-90-917 – Jail Sprinkler Pipe Repair (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Next meeting will be March 9, 2021 at 8:30 am.
MOTION: Move to adjourn (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Meeting adjourned 9:50 am.
Deputy County Administrator