Commissioners Regular Meeting

Commissioner Shea called the meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 9:04 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2007in the conference room at the County Courthouse in Ellsworth with Commissioners Lawson and Brown in attendance.


The commissioners recognized EMA Deputy Director Linda Feury for her 10 years of service to the citizens of Hancock County.

11:00 a.m.: Martin’s Ridge Road Discontinuation Hearing

Adjustments to the Agenda:

MOTION: add item 1c. budget workshop. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: add Malcolm Ulmer Health Insurance Discussion to agenda. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Commission Business:


MOTION: move to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2007 Commissioners Regular Meeting as presented. (Lawson/Shea 2-1, Brown opposed)

Discussion: Part-time hours criteria.

MOTION: move to table the discussion regarding part-time hours. (Brown/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

A budget workshop will be scheduled for later in the month.

Malcolm Ulmer presented the commissioners with a brief overview of an alternative health insurance plan for the County of Hancock.


  • As the Emergency Management Monthly Report was received prior to the meeting, Director Pinkham asked if there were any questions.
  • All Dams in Hancock County have been identified and plans for all but one are on file in the Emergency Management Office.
  • Insurance funding for the damage to the Law Library was discussed.
  • Director Pinkham presented the commissioners with a brief overview of a meeting he attended regarding a Public Health System.
  • Commissioner Shea suggested polling the towns to see if they were interested in creating a Public Health System and the possibility of scheduling a forum in order to discuss the issue.


  • Airport Manager Cossette presented the commissioners with a 5 year Capital Improvements Plan for the Hancock County / Bar Harbor Airport.

MOTION: move to approve the Hancock County / Bar Harbor Airport 5-year Capital Improvements Plan as presented. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

  • The following operating rights agreements are scheduled for renewal in 2008:

Colgan Air Inc., Hertz Rent a Car; Enterprise Rent a Car and Island Soaring. There are four commercial leases that expire in April 2008 and two private hanger leases are due for renewal.

  • The Airport Manager reported he has been working on a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. The deadline for said plan has been set for January 24, 2008.


MOTION: move to approve Payroll Warrants #07-40, #07-41, #07-43 and #07-43 in the amount of $271,171.29. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move to approve Expense Warrants #007-031, #007-033, #007-034 and #007-035 in the amount of $884,024.10. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move to approve the Unorganized Township Warrant #5 in the amount of $9,425.58. (Lawson/Shea 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: move to approve the hire of Brad Eaton of Holden as the Assistant Facilities Director, effective December 1, 2007 at Grade 10, Step B $14.02 per hour. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

  • Commissioner Brown requested that the Facilities Director and Assistant Facilities Director conduct an energy audit.


Commissioner Shea began the hearing at 10:50 a.m. Statements were made by Selectman Beverly Billings, land owners Roy Allen, John LaSell, Mary Ellen LaSell, Ed Jaworski and Greg Bunker, Attorney Eric Columber representing land owner Mary Ellen LaSell, Dan Bahr from County Ambulance and Fire Chief Robert Grindle and Becky Grindle, Bruce Carter, all of whom requested that the commissioners reconsider their proposal to discontinue the Martin's Ridge Road in Township 9. An audiotape of the hearing is available upon request. Commissioner Shea asked if the Town of Franklin had any interest in Annexing Township 9. Ms. Billings will ask this of the voters at a town meeting.

MOTION: move that we do not discontinue plowing the Martin’s Ridge Road in Township 9. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

11:45 a.m.: Recess until 12:30 p.m.

12:35 p.m.: Back in session


  • As Supervisor Bunker was unavailable, no monthly report was presented.
  • The commissioners endorsed the Community Services Project Certification/Grant for the Nicatous Lodge and Snowmobile Club.


  • Sheriff Clark distributed the Jail Board Report for October 2007.

MOTION: move approval to hire James Gallacher of Winterport and Christopher M. Stanley of Harrington, as part-time Corrections Officers, effective November 17, 2007 at the rate of $12.00 per hour. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move approval to accept a drug forfeiture transfer in the amount of $914.00 in cash. (Brown/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

  • Sheriff Clark presented the commissioners with a memorandum regarding the division of the Sheriff’s Charities Fund and the Sheriff’s Employee Fund. A copy of said memorandum is available in the commissioners’ office, upon request.

MOTION: move to accept the memorandum from the auditor regarding the division of funds between the Sheriff’s Charities Fund and the Sheriff’s Employee Fund, as presented and agree that the $550.00 interest accrued on a CD questioned in the October meeting be reissued to the Sheriff’s Charities Fund. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

RCC 9-1-1

MOTION: to approve the hire of Carrie Jodrie of Bangor as a part-time, 16 hour a week Dispatcher and Freda Moore of Bangor as part-time as needed Dispatcher at a rate of $10.00 per hour, effective November 3, 2007. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

  • Director Dunno gave a brief E-9-1-1 installation update.
  • Director Dunno presented the commissioners with RFP responses/quotes for a Logging Voice Recorder prior to the meeting.

MOTION: move to purchase of the integrated communications monitoring and recording system from Acorn Recording Solutions in the amount of $16,000.00, $7,579.00 of which will come from account 07-70-100-equipment reserve, the balance should come from the same account in the FY08 budget or if a multiple payment option can be reached, the multiple payment option will be utilized. (Shea/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)


  • The commissioners scheduled a Tax Appeal Hearing for Wilkinson v. the Town of Swan’s Island for December 11, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.


  • The Tax Appeal Hearing for Robinson, Biskind, Cohen v. the Town of Brooksville was scheduled for January 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.


  • Register Julie Curtis distributed a spreadsheet outlining revenues received in the Registry of Deeds and updated the commissioners on progress in the registry.
  • The ACS re-imaging contract was discussed.

MOTION: move that if the register finds that we have not received payment from John Simpson regarding internet fees after speaking with the treasurer, that we offer the register any means necessary by which to pursue payment from Mr. Simpson for said funds. (Shea/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)


  • The clerk was instructed that the minutes should be clear, curt and concise and the sound system should be improved. She was also instructed to include information during the discussion phase, after motions, and that any pre-motion discussion recorded in the minutes will be left up to the clerk, taking into account that this should be a minimal amount of information.

MOTION: move that Appointed, Exempt or Elected employees hired on or after January 1, 2008 will not be eligible for health insurance benefits upon retirement. (Brown/Shea 3-0, motion passed)

  • The clerk presented the commissioners with a DRAFT copy of an updated Personnel Policy and requested work sessions at the end of the upcoming meetings in order to update the policy.

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

C. DePrenger
County Clerk

Filed: Courthouse Roof Replacement Bid Opening – October 22, 2007 @ 2:00 p.m.

Filed: Courthouse Snow Removal Bids -October 24, 2007

And now on the eleventh of December, A.D., 2007 the business of this Court being completed, all matters not acted upon stand continued, and this Court for the September Term, 2007 is adjourned without day.

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