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Commissioners Regular Meeting

Commission Chairman Percy L. Brown, Jr. called the meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2010in the conference room at the county courthouse in Ellsworth with Commissioners Lawson and Joy in attendance.

Adjustments to the Agenda:

MOTION: to add item 7 e, approval to accept 3 drug forfeitures. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Commission Business:

OLD BUSINESS:

MOTION: to approve the minutes of the October 5, 2010 commissioners regular meeting. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the Cadillac Mountain Radio Communications site agreement. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

COMMISSIONERS:

AIRPORT:

The following terminal plumbing bids were opened:

  • Clayton E. Nowell, Inc.: Bid amount - $2,925 Certificate of Insurance and master plumber license number was included.
  • Ray Plumbing Company: Bid amount - $3,650 Certificate of Insurance and license number was included.

Bids were turned over to the airport manager for recommendation.

Changes to the airport minimum standards were discussed.

MOTION: to approve the revisions to the Airport Minimum Standards. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

The commissioners discussed a proposed lease and operating rights agreement for Brad Maderia Air Charter.

MOTION: to affirm authorization for Commissioner Lawson to sign the private line service agreement for Bangor Hydro to provide power to gate 3. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

The commissioners discussed the 2009 taxes owed to the Town of Trenton on the Higgins property. The total amount due, at this time, is $1,283.07. Commissioner Joy requested that the check for the taxes not be released unless the commissioners have approved its release. Airport Manager Navia updated the commissioners on her recent attendance at the FAA annual conference in which she was named “Most Promising New Airport Manager” and taught two classes. The DEP has been contacted to remove the “Missing Link.” Enplanements have passed 10,000!

REGISTRY OF DEEDS:

Register of Deeds, Julie Curtis updated the commissioners on the proposed intergovernmental agreement for a single web portal and its associated start-up cost. Commissioners Lawson and Joy suggested that Register Curtis find the funds within her budget. Register Curtis discussed utilizing the break room for deeds storage.

REGISTRY OF PROBATE:

MOTION: to approve the hire/use of an ABLE employee in the Registry of Probate. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

MAINTENANCE:

Courthouse snow removal bids were received from Clarke Construction, R.F. Jordan and K.J. Dugas Construction.

MOTION: to accept the facilities director’s recommendation of K.J. Dugas Construction in the amount of $45 per hour plowing and $59 per hour sanding, for the courthouse snow removal contract for the 2010-2011 season. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

NEW BUSINESS:

MOTION: to allow the commissioners time to look at the information provided by the Morgan Bay Zendo, in order to decide if a tax appeal hearing should be scheduled. The scheduling decision will be made at the December 7, 2010 commissioners’ regular meeting. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS:

MOTION: to allow the CFO and Facilities Director to put out an RFP for construction of energy efficiency and weatherization upgrades. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve General Fund Expense warrants #10-40, #10-41, #10-42 and #10-43 in the aggregate of $775,152.75. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve Jail and UT Payroll warrants #10-14, #10-15, #10-16, #10-17 and #10-18 in the aggregate of $117,674.82. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve Jail and UT Expense warrants #10-12, #10-13, #10-14 and #10-15 in the aggregate of $68,468.43. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve General Fund Payroll warrants #10-40, #10-41, #10-42, #10-43 and #10-44 in the aggregate of $252,381.89. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

CFO Roy updated the commissioners on the financial reports to include jail update. Excessive spending in the jail overtime account was noted. Moving funds from one budgetary item to another was discussed.

MOTION: to approve the September 2010 expenditures in the health insurance account in the amount of $83,369.27. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy questioned when 2009 outstanding bills would be finalized. The County is still in the “black” with regard to the health funding account.

MOTION: to approve a request for expenditures in the aggregate of $23,075, from capital reserve accounts 3014-10 Treasurer Tech $4,000, 3012-90 Deeds Copier $7,200, 3012-40 DA Copier $3,000, 3012-50 DA Tech $2,000, 3012-20 Commissioners Copier $2,000 and 7201 Jail Capital Reserves $4,875. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Discussion: Commissioner Brown felt the purchase should go out to bid. Commissioner Lawson stated that the school bid received was unbeatable.

The jail audit was touched on. The commissioner’s will contact the CFO with any questions.

Refinancing of the jail bond was discussed. It is currently callable with no penalties. The savings associated with refinancing the jail bond is a direct savings to the tax payers of Hancock County. The estimated cost to refinance is $24,900; this should be paid up front but can be added to the principle or the interest. Commissioner Joy stated that he has contacted the Director of Finance for the City of Portland and that he is comfortable with the choice of Moors & Cabot.

MOTION: to charge the CFO to contact Moors & Cabot Investments to refinance the jail bond. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

The commissioners discussed the potential hiring of the lobbying firm of Russ Reed to secure earmarks to fund the proposed RCC project. After thoughtful and thorough discussion, it was decided that now is not the time to proceed down this avenue. Commissioner Brown suggested funding the study through undesignated funds once they know what their funding options are.

SHERIFF:

MOTION: To approve the hire Celeste L. Hurinenko of Bucksport as a part-time, on call, as needed corrections officer, effective November 9, 2010 at the rate of $12 per hour. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the hire of Jynes D. Albee of Prospect Harbor as a part-time cook effective November 9, 2010 at the rate of $12 per hour. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the hire Sean Patrick Dow of Surry as a part-time deputy effective November 13, 2010 at the rate of $12.50 per hour. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

The following cruiser bids were opened:

Morrison Chevrolet: $28,565 in stock, 2011Chevrolet crew cab pick-up truck.

$27,250 to be ordered, 2011 Chevrolet crew cab pick-up truck.

Hight Chevrolet: $25,985.51 for a 2011 Chevrolet crew cab pick-up truck.

Commissioner Joy requested how the vehicles will be paid for. Funding was extensively discussed.

MOTION: to approve the purchase from Hight Chevrolet, two Chevrolet crew cab pick-ups at a cost of $25,985.51, in addition to the Impala already purchased. Funds to come from the sheriff’s cruiser account and the contract cruiser account. (Lawson/ Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Discussion: The majority of the funds are to come from the contract cruiser account. Commissioner Brown questioned the “true” expense reported in the contract accounts. Sheriff Clark explained his reasoning for billing the contract accounts. It was noted that approval is contingent upon the specifications.

12:14 p.m.: Break for lunch.

12:58 p.m.: Back in session

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §6(D) – to meet with legal council. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown called the meeting back into regular session at 2:20 p.m. with nothing to report.

2:20 p.m. Break

2:21 p.m.: Back in session

UNORGANIZED TERRITORY:

MOTION: to approve a fire protection agreement contract with the Burlington Fire Department for Townships 3 and 40, with changes. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Unorganized Territory E-9-1-1 Addressing Agent Perry made the following recommendations for snow removal:

Township 7:

MOTION: to accept the bid from Rowland Robinson in the amount of $4,000 for snow plowing and sanding in Township 7. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Fletchers Landing Township:

MOTION: to accept the bid from Barry’s Trucking, in the amount of $13,250.for snow plowing and sanding in Fletchers Landing Township. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Township 9:

MOTION: to accept the bid from City Line in the amount of $3,500 for snow plowing and sanding in Township 9. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Townships 22 & 28:

MOTION: to accept the bid from Perry Construction in the amount of $11,999 for snow plowing and sanding in Townships 22 & 28. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the Nicatous Snowmobile Club trail grant, as presented. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

COUNTY CLERK:

The commissioners scheduled a special meeting on December 28, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(a): to discuss two personnel matters. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown called the meeting back into regular session and requested the following motion:

MOTION: to grant a retiree health insurance buyout to janitor Horst Kuehn, payment to be made in 2011. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(a): to discuss two personnel matters. (Joy/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown called the meeting back into session at 3:06 p.m.

Dave Fowler of First Wind and Joan Fortin, Esq. of Bernstein Shur updated the commissioners on the proposed wind project in Township 16.

Ms. Fortin suggested a tangible benefit solution as an annual cash payment contribution, which are unrestricted funds, to Hancock County. TIF district boundaries can be drawn around any UT area. It was suggested that all of the captured taxable value be considered under the TIF. An 80/20 reimbursement was proposed. The County portion would be 20%. The life expectancy for the turbine generator is 20 years, the tower sections and associated roads are much longer. TIF boundaries can be amended in the same manner as they were created. Once the commissioners decide that they would agree to a community benefit agreement, the process for implementation will begin but does not have a strict timeline. Space on the meteorological tower for RCC communications was requested. Decommissioning of the project and bankruptcy was discussed. The company has to bond the site as part of the state permitting process. The creation of jobs and the use of local people were discussed.

Michael Aube, President of Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) stated that the EMDC is very aware of the TIF process and offered to assist the County in the process. Hancock County Planning Commission representative Thom Martin suggested speaking to Charlie Yeo, the Eastbrook Town Manager and Dan Pileggi Esq., to see where the Town of Eastbrook is in the process.

Commissioner Joy stated that he is in favor of the tangible benefits coming to the County and creating a TIF district. Commissioner Lawson was concerned with the human and animal elements as well as environmental studies. Commissioner Brown was in favor of moving forward with the tangible benefits and TIF portion of the project, he was interested in where the power was going to be utilized. Mr. Fowler offered to take the commissioners on a tour of the Stetson project.

MOTION: The commissioners agreed to move ahead on the tangible benefits and TIF’s portion of the project. (Joy/Lawson 2-0-1, motion passed. Lawson abstained)

Discussion: This does not commit the County to the project. EMDC will help with setting up the TIF and tangible benefit portion. CFO Roy suggested having an agreement for First Wind to reimburse the county’s cost to set up the TIF.

MOTION: to approve the Tremont law enforcement contract. (Lawson/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

4:17 p.m.

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

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