Commissioners Special Meeting

Commission Chairman Steven E. Joy called the meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in the conference room, located in the county courthouse in Ellsworth, with Commissioners Brown and Lawson in attendance.

The following adjustments were added to the agenda:

MOTION: to add item 7: executive session for recommendation and approval of banking services provider. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown expressed his concern with the timeliness of the Seacoast Security bid. Commissioner Joy stated that, from this point forward, he would like to allow bids to be received up until the time of opening. He suggested rebidding and opening the bids at the May 3rd CRM.

MOTION: to reject all airport security camera bids. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to authorize the chairman to sign the General Consulting Agreement with Hoyle, Tanner & Associates. (Lawson/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

1:15 p.m.

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA title 1 §405 6(a) to conduct the airport manager's annual evaluation. (Brown/Lawson 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into regular session at 1:40 p.m. with nothing to report.

Commissioner Joy stated that he would like to have health insurance representative Mike Giles look over the Meritain paperwork to check for standard language and to compare it with the original policy.

Commissioner Brown preferred to award the RCC renovation/construction project to a company located within Hancock County. He preferred utilizing the services of Lewis + Malm. Commissioner Lawson agreed with Commissioner Brown. She liked the idea of building a communications center utilizing airport property. As long as the fence line is not breached and towers do not interfere with the functions of the airport, this idea could work. Commissioner Joy stated that he would also like to utilize the services of someone in the county, but would like to “spread it around.”

MOTION: to hire Rick Malm architects for consultation on the new RCC. (Brown/Lawson 2-1, motion passed) Joy opposed.

Discussion: $50,000 has been set aside for the consultation process. Commissioner Joy stated that since the County already owns the land, he preferred new construction. Commissioner Lawson suggested switching spaces with the RCC and EMA. Commissioner Brown stressed the importance of adding additional towers. Director Wellman addressed his concerns and was instructed to obtain “real” costs.

After thoroughly analyzing the banking bids, CFO Roy recommended Machias Savings bank as the county's banking services provider. An overview of banking services was presented and a vote will be requested at the May 3rd CRM.

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