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Commissioners Regular Meeting

Commissioner Shea called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2007in the conference room at the County Courthouse in Ellsworth with Commissioners Lawson and Brown in attendance.

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION:

Rosemary Campbell – 30 years and Deborah Burns – 20 years

  • The Commissioners presented Rosemary Campbell and Deborah Burns with 30 and 20 year recognition pins and thanked them for their service.

9:00a.m: HCDSP update

MOTION: move to approve a contract in the amount of $50,040.00, between the County of Hancock and Maine Pretrial Services for the provision of adherence case management to the Hancock County Deferred Sentencing Project. (Lawson/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

12:00 p.m.: Executive Session with the State Emergency Management Director, Rob McAleer, to be held in the Emergency Management Office.  Lunch will be served.

12:00 p.m.
MOTION: move to go into executive session for the purpose of meeting with the State Emergency Management Director. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

1:16 p.m.
MOTION: move to come out of executive session. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

1:00 p.m.: Tax Appeal Hearing – Beverage v. the Town of Trenton
Commissioner Shea called the Hearing to order at 1:00 p.m.  As all participants had been sworn in during the March 13th meeting, Commissioner Shea called for testimony from both parties.  An audiotape of the hearing is available upon request.
2:40 p.m.: Commissioner Shea declared the hearing closed.

MOTION: move to deny the appeal of Ms. Beverage v. the Town of Trenton for the reason that the Town of Trenton has shown themselves to be consistent in their calculation methods based on evidence heard today and that the complainant has not proven discrimination or lack of consistency.  (Brown/Shea, 1-2 motion failed) Lawson and Shea opposed.

MOTION: move to grant a change in valuation of $2,900.00 based on calculations presented by Gary Geaghan, this is also based on building valuation and property zoning. (Shea/Lawson 2-1, motion passed)

Commissioner Shea stated either party is welcome appeal this decision in Superior Court.

Adjustments to the Agenda:

MOTION: move to add item 9-e, pre-approval of a new hire as an RCC dispatcher. (Shea/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move to add item 1-C, Appoint Commissioner Brown as representative for EMDC in the place of Commissioner Shea. (Shea/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Commission Business:

1.  Commissioners:

a.  Approve: Minutes of the April 10, 2007 Commissioners Regular Meeting.

MOTION: move to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2007 Commissioners Regular Meeting. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

b.  Executive Session: Contract Discussion.

3:52 p.m.
MOTION: move to go into executive session to discuss contract negotiations. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

4:23 p.m.
MOTION: move to come out of executive session. (Brown/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

  • Appoint Commissioner Brown as a representative for to EMDC.

MOTION: move to appoint Commissioner Brown as commission representative to EMDC in the place of Commissioner Shea. (Lawson/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

2.  Emergency Management Agency:

a.  Monthly Report
b.  Discussion: Emergency Preparedness Plan

3.  Registry of Deeds:

a.  Progress in the Registry

4.  Treasurer:

a.  Approve: Monthly Bills and Warrants

MOTION: move to approve Payroll Warrants #07-14, #07-15, #07-16 and  #07-17 in the amount of $255,637.64 (Lawson/Brown 3/0, motion passed)

MOTION: move to approve Expense Warrants #007-11, #007-13 and #007-15 in the amount of $495,095.86 (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed

MOTION: move to approve the Unorganized Township warrant #8 in the amount of $18,528.86 (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

5.  Registry of Probate

a.  Utilize the services of Brenda Breeding to enter and scan information into the ICON system and to pay for her services from the Restoration Surcharge Account.

MOTION: move to approve that the Registry of Probate may utilize the services of Brenda Breeding in a part-time/temporary basis, for no more than 12 hours per week, at the rate of $10.00 per hour. Payment will be made from the Restoration Surcharge Account. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

10:30 – Break
10:40 – Back in session

6.  District Attorney

a.  Approve the hire Terry E. Campbell of Hancock as the Administrative Assistant to the District Attorney, effective June 2, 2007 at Grade 12, Step A, $15.12 per hour.

MOTION: move to approve the hire of Terry E. Campbell of Hancock as the Administrative Assistant to the District Attorney, effective June 2, 2007 at Grade 12, Step A, $15.12 per hour. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

7.  Unorganized Territory:

a.  Monthly Report

8.  Sheriff:

a.  Jail Board Report for April 2007

b.  Accept the resignation of Jedediah Philpot from full-time Corrections Officer effective May 6, 2007.

MOTION: move to accept the resignation of Jedediah Philpot as a full-time Corrections Officer, effective May 6, 2007. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

c.  Promote Christopher Brown of Veazie to full-time Corrections Officer, effective May 12, 2007, at Step 9-A $12.73 per hour.

MOTION: move to approve the promotion of Christopher Brown of Veazie from a part-time Corrections Officer to full-time status, effective May 12, 2007 at Step 9-A, $12.73 per hour. (Brown/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

d.  Signatures: Town of Stonington contract for 2007-2008

MOTION: move to authorize the Chairman to sign the 2007-2008 Law Enforcement Contract for the Town of Stonington, for the period of April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

e.  Discussion: DARE CD

9.  RCC 9-1-1

a.  Monthly Report

  • Appointments to RCC BOD.

District 1 – Commissioner Shea recommended the reappointment of John Bannister of Blue Hill to the RCC Board of Directors / Brown 3-0, motion passed

District 2 – Commissioner Lawson recommended the reappointment of Kelton Muise of Trenton to the RCC Board of Directors / Shea 3-0, motion passed.

  • Update: Cadillac Mt. Project Repeater issue.

MOTION: move to approve the purchase of a rack mount system in the amount of $6,615.00 for RCC equipment installation at the Cadillac Mountain Repeater site.  The system is to be paid from account number 07-70-100. (Lawson/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

  • Discussion: New mandated maintenance fees/increases.

e.  Pre-approval to hire a dispatcher.

MOTION: move to authorize Director Dunno to hire a new dispatcher between the May and June meeting and to confirm the hire of such person during the June 2007 Commissioners Regular Meeting. (Lawson/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move to terminate the full-time employment of dispatcher John Shoppe and to reinstate him as a part-time employee, effective April 27, 2007. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

10.  New Business:

a.  Schedule: Tax Appeal Hearing for Shelton v. the Town of Trenton

  • The Commissioners scheduled an Infirmity Tax Appeal Hearing for Shelton v. the Town of Trenton for June 12, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.

11.  Old Business:

a.     

12.  County Clerk:

a.  Discussion: Local and Long Distance Telephone Service

MOTION: move to approve changing Local and Long Distance telephone service providers from Verizon to Mid-Maine Communications. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Shea signed the Service Agreement with the approval of Commissioners Brown and Lawson.

  • Discussion: Tape Drive installation for Administrative Network

MOTION: move to approve the Clerk’s request to install a tape drive on the Administrative Network.  This is to be paid from the Computer Maintenance Account # 04-20-100. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

  • Approval of a forfeited asset in the case of State of Maine v. Paul H. Gray Jr.

MOTION: move to approve a forfeited asset in the amount of $7,315.20 in case of State of Maine v. Paul H. Gray Jr. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move to adjourn. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

 

 

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