COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING
The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Clark at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday February 2, 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. In total, there were 100 meeting participants. Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.
Adjustments to / approval of agenda:
MOTION: Move to approve the amended agenda as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Sheriff Kane made the following statement:
“We are in an incredibly volatile time in our country, a time driven by politics and hateful rhetoric. Words and actions matter. We all need to be better at carefully choosing how we act and what we say especially in such a charged atmosphere. As a society we must return to civil discourse, and whenever possible give each other the benefit of the doubt. Today, I renew my commitment to live out those values as Hancock County Sheriff.
Over the past few years law enforcement has come under microscopic scrutiny. For some, those who wear a badge are viewed in a negative light. Quite frankly, that’s wrong. It is also wrong to assume that those who are passionate about improving race relations in America are only advocating to defund the police and inflict harm on those who swear to protect and serve.
I could have handled the situation regarding Recovery Coaches from Healthy Acadia differently. It was an emotional reaction to words said and positions taken by some in the Black Lives Matter movement specifically against law enforcement. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will continue working for all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
As we move forward, I would ask that everyone have the patience and understanding with each other as we navigate the complex and multi-faceted issues of our time.”
Several members of the public made comments regarding dissatisfaction with Sheriff Kane’s statement and previous actions regarding removal of recovery coaching through Healthy Acadia in the jail. One spoke in support of Sheriff Kane. At the close of public comment, Commissioner Wombacher also expressed displeasure with the Sheriff’s action of ending the contract with Healthy Acadia. He said that he had received more than 100 emails regarding the removal of Healthy Acadia from the jail, with the vast majority asking for the Sheriff’s resignation or removal from office and he agreed that Sheriff Kane should resign.
Multiple written comments were submitted and are available for public review, along with meeting minutes.
MOTION: Move to approve the minutes of the January 19, 2021 Special Meeting as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Bid Opening- Sheriff’s Office Roof Project:
Four bids were submitted; the results are as follows:
GR Roofing $57,575
Roof Systems of Maine Bangor $74,430
Hahnel Brothers (Bangor Roofing) $47,350
Kevin Smith & Son of Standish $83,500
Maintenance Director Walls reviewed the bids and recommended accepting the bid of Hahnel Brothers of Bangor, in the amount of $47,350. This is the lowest of the four bids.
MOTION: Approve the bid of Hahnel Brothers in the amount of $47,350 (Wombacher/Paradis 3-0, motion passed)
Airport Manager Muise updated the Commission with his monthly report. Silver Airways accounts have not yet been settled. The Airport is currently undergoing the annual FAA inspection.
MOTION: Move to accept and file the Airport Manager’s Memo as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Facilities Director Walls updated the Commission with his monthly report, including an updated capital improvement plan.
MOTION: Move to accept and file the Facilities Director’s report as presented in his memo dated January 26, 2021 including the 20-year plan (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to hire Gary Brooks of Dedham as full time janitor, effective January 30, 2021, at grade/step 5C as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
RCC Director Conary updated the Commission with his monthly report. Director Conary said he would follow up with Brown’s Communications regarding power to the Bull Hill site.
MOTION: Move to accept and file the RCC/PSAT data report as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Approve the warrant memo as presented (Wombacher/Paradis 3-0, motion passed)
The Treasurer’s memo listed the following:
January GF, Airport and Jail Payroll Warrants #20-53, #21-1, #21-2, and #21-3 in the aggregate amount of $412,574.60;
January GF, Airport and Jail Expense Warrants #20-73, #20-74, #20-75, #21-1&4, #21-2, #21-3, #20-76, #20-77, #20-78, #21-5, #21-6, and #21-7 in the aggregate amount of $1,044,396.78;
January UT Payroll Warrants #21-27, #21-28, #21-29, and #21-30 in the aggregate amount of $1,098.04;
January UT Expense Warrants #21-13 and #21-14 in the aggregate amount of $18,789.56
MOTION: Move to approve and sign the Recapitulation Assessment of County Tax as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
The motion involves $6,628,882 for the 2021 County Tax which will be assessed proportionately to each municipality and UT.
The current travel guidelines do not allow for attendance at off campus seminars or meetings unless previously approved by the Commissioners. Commissioner Clark suggested allowing Department Heads the discretion to determine if the training or meeting is critical to the employee’s work requirement, therefore appropriate to attend an off campus meeting. Commissioner Wombacher agreed that the emphasis should be on whether the occasion is critical to education, licensing, etc. Commissioner Paradis agreed and by general consensus directed CA Adkins to draft a memo to Department Heads with these guidelines.
MOTION: Move to promote part-time Corrections Officer Robert Lisee to full-time Corrections Officer effective February 13, 2021, at grade/step 9 C as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to transfer Matthew Saucier from Corrections Corporal to Jail Administrative Assistant effective February 6, 2021, at grade/step 10 G-2 on Airport/Non-Union Jail Wage Scale as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to remove Noah Lewey and Randy Dunbar from the County payroll as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to approve the job description for the Jail Records Clerk as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Jail Administrator Richardson said the job description has been reviewed by the union steward and there are no issues.
MOTION: Move to set the rate of pay for part time jail cook at $14.00 per hour as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Discussion regarding jail’s recording system-
JA Richardson said one side of the recording system failed last week but he, Lt. Shepard, and IT Director Carter were able to make temporary repairs. JA Richardson said he would monitor the system for repair issues and look at other options. No Commissioner action was required at this time.
MOTION: Move to approve the Jail Administrator’s Weekly On Call Comp Time Agreement as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: Move to accept the resignation of Community Corrections Sergeant Jonathan Merchant effective February 1, 2021 (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
MOTION: to adjourn (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)
Deputy County Administrator