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Commissioners Special Meeting

Commission Chairman Steven E. Joy called the special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 9:00 a.m. on November 13, 2012 in the conference room of the Hancock County Courthouse, 50 State Street in Ellsworth Maine with Commissioner Lawson and Commissioner Elect Blasi in attendance.

9:02 a.m.
MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(F) to discuss broker of record with representatives from the Franklin Group, Acadia Benefits and Cross Insurance. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into regular session at 11:27 a.m. with nothing to report.

Airport budget presentation:
Revenues: $633,105
Expenditures: $784,662
Terminal renovation cost is $100 per sq ft, new construction $230 per sq ft and the garage cost $90 per sq ft., the total square footage for the new edition is 5,580 square ft.  The total project cost is approximately $2.5 million with an anticipated completion date of May 2014.

Proposed revenue changes:
40-300 Non aeronautical Land Lease increase to $39,389
40-315 Employee Insurance contributions increase to $10,200
40-500 Aeronautical Aircraft Parking increase to $5,350
40-700 Aeronautical TSA Security increase to $85,000

MOTION: to accept airport revenues in the amount of $650,825. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

Airport Manager Rogers requested an executive session to discuss the airport managers salary.

Proposed expenditure changes:
40-30-175 Security Services: decrease to $95,000
40-50-620 County AIP 2.5%: increase to $190,000
40-60-400 Administrative Fee: increase to $$11,732
40-70-420 Paving: decrease to zero
40-70-460 Terminal Building: decrease to zero (these funds were included in account 40-50-620)
NEW Sign Replacement: $3,000
Total expenditures: $790,

The calculation of account 40-60-400 Administrative Fee was discussed.  Commissioner Joy stated that the cost of the treasurer should be included in the calculation.  The UT administrative fee should not be included in the calculation of the airport administrative fee.

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(a) to discuss a personnel matter. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into regular session at 12:15 p.m. with nothing to report.

12:15 p.m.: Break for lunch
12:33 p.m.: Back in session

Adjustments to the agenda:

MOTION: to add approval of Brown’s Communications pricing for antenna and cable for the Bull Hill communications tower and to approve the extension of the Bull Hill communications tower RFP. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the proposal from Brown’s communications, Inc in the amount of $5,649.32 for the purchase of antenna and cabling for the Bull Hill communications tower. (Lawson/Joy 2-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to extend the Bull Hill equipment RFP by two weeks and to allow the chairman to open the bids in public. (Lawson/Joy 2-0, motion passed)

Unorganized Territory budget presentation:
Revenues: $32,270
Expenditures: $252,811

CFO Roy stated that interest generated from Community Benefit funds can be included under revenue account 60-440 later in the year, if the commissioners so choose to show them in that account.

The following changes were proposed:
60-01-200 Administration: decrease to $11,943
Road work and salaries were increased.  CFO Roy suggested rebuilding Martin’s Ridge at a cost of $160,000 to $170,000.

Commissioner Joy called the Smith v. the Town of Trenton Tax appeal hearing to order at 12:46 p.m.  Participants were sworn in and testimony was heard.  An audio tape of the hearing is available, upon request, in the commissioners’ office.

Commissioner Joy declared the meeting closed at 2:15 p.m. Parties will be permitted to submit additional supporting information within the next two weeks.  Deliberations will take place at the December 4th commissioners’ regular meeting.

Unorganized Territory budget continued:
MOTION: to approve the Unorganized Territory 2013/2014 revenues in the amount of $32,270. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the Unorganized Territory 2013/2014 expenditures in the amount of $250,811. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the proposed Unorganized Territory 2013/2014 total amount to be raised by taxation at $205,122. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)
Discussion: There is currently $161,926 in UT surplus.  The budget was signed by Commissioners Lawson and Joy but will not be sent to the State of Maine until Commissioner Brown has seen it.

2:31 p.m.
MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(a) to discuss a personnel matter.  Commissioners Joy, Lawson and Commissioner Elect Blasi and CFO Roy were in attendance. (Joy/Lawson 2-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy declared the meeting back into regular session at 2:54 p.m. with nothing to report.

MOTION: to adjourn. (Lawson/Joy 2-0, motion passed)

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