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COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING

The special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Chair Blasi at 8:30 am on Friday, August 31st, 2018 in the office of Millard Billings, UT Supervisor, located in Ellsworth, ME.  In addition to Commissioner Blasi & Millard Billings, Commissioner Clark; Scott Adkins, County Admin.; Matt Kearns, Chief Development Officer / Longroad Energy; Duane Jordan, Property Owner involved in the Wind Project were in attendance.  Later, around 9:10, Jennifer Osborn, Ellsworth American reporter, arrived to the meeting.

Weaver Wind / Longroad Energy

The Windfarm project is currently a 22 turbine wind farm located in the towns of Eastbrook & Osborn.  At the request of Longroad’s representative, Matt Kearns, a meeting was scheduled during the timeframe of visiting each of the above Selectboards for project updates.  This project was originally planned as 25 turbines, but reduced to 22 in the latest permit application. 

After introductions, Mr. Kearns gave a brief summary of how the Weaver Wind Project became revitalized; especially, under the Longroad Energy umbrella.  Why was the project put on hold?  Matt explained that the moratorium on wind farms by Governor LePage was a major factor.  Also, Dept. Inland Fisheries & Wildlife came out with updated guidelines in regards to migratory bird species.  These issues, along with turmoil at Sun Edison, original project owner, brought about fears of the permit being denied.  Longroad Energy decided to purchase Weaver Wind as Sun Edison was going through bankruptcy.  A clearer view from the State of Maine / Governor’s Office was obtained and the project had new life. 

Mr. Kearns handed out an overview pamphlet on Longroad Energy.  He quickly reviewed the creation of Longroad Energy and its key individuals running the company.  In the document, a map of the key projects that Longroad has been involved in and the companies who are helping to run operationally & financially.

Commissioners Blasi & Clark inquired as to how the County fits into this project.  The towers are being placed in Eastbrook & Osborn and not in the UT.  However, as Millard pointed out, the line to connect the tower project to the substation would have to run through the UT.  As a result of this, there is an opportunity for the Commissioners to discuss a possible Community Benefit agreement with Longroad. 

Mr. Kearns emphasized that it is Longroad Energy’s wish to make this as harmonious a project as possible which means communicating with all parties involved no matter how big or small the part in the project. 

Mr. Jordan made a point to state that Hancock County should be proud of the opportunities being created for green energy.  This project, in conjunction with current wind towers and future solar array, could provide a chance for Hancock County to possibly do something on a commercial or residential scale. 

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Weaver Wind / Longroad Energy

The one concern, developed during conversation, is the capacity of the substation, should this project and the solar array both take place.  However, Mr. Jordan addressed it by stating that he knew both projects in total might create the issue and a solution is being looked at as things develop.

Commissioner Blasi inquired as to how we proceed from here and with attention placed on future Community Benefit talks with the Commissioners.  Millard Billings, UT Supervisor, provided a copy of the Community Benefit receivers based on the old permit application.  He also inquired about the red blinking lights at the top of each wind tower and wanted to know if radar activated lights would be used in replacement.  Mr. Kearns responded that this was already a known concern and the “radar activated” version would be used per the permit parameters.

On that listing was the Lower Lead Mountain Pond Dam and a short conversation regarding this item developed.  Mr. Jordan pointed out that this project was in the UT.  From the original permit, it appears that the Ponds’ association was looking for funds to match grant monies available from the State of Maine that would help them to fix the dam effectively. 

Matt Kearns stated that today is just the opening up of talks.  As they finalize the details on the permit application, they would certainly like to have additional conversations with the County Commissioners about projects and / or Community Benefit funds.

Meeting adjourned around 10:15.

 Respectfully submitted,

 Scott A. Adkins, County Administrator

Hancock County Commissioners

COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING

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The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 8:30 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioners Brown and Clark in attendance.

Adjustments to / approval of agenda:

MOTION: add after probate request to advertise for a patrolman for an anticipated opening in the sheriff’s department (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Public Comment: none

Airport:

Commissioner Clark said he thought this type of document should be resolved between Bangor airport and Bar Harbor airport, and that the manager should be given the flexibility to amend or terminate the document when appropriate.  He suggested allowing Airport Manager Madeira to sign it and manage it himself.  Manager Madeira explained there is a new TSA requirement that calls for additional vetting of airport employees, and there is a necessity to have a formal agreement, and he could take care of it.  Manager Madeira explained how the process works.  It is a one time cost per employee; this is an ongoing check every 24 hours.  The commission agreed Manager Madeira has the ability to modify as he deems necessary. 

MOTION: authorize manager to enter into agreement with Bangor Airport for complying with TSA background requirements (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Probate:

MOTION: Accept resignation of part time Probate clerk Joan Higgins, effective August 30, 2018 (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Approve request to pay part time Probate clerk Elizabeth Linnell from account

E 08-01-300 Personnel/Part time (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Sheriff:

MOTION: approval to advertise for an anticipated patrolman vacancy (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

The opening is anticipated in September. 

Budget Workshop:

EMA (02)

EMA Director Sankey presented his initial budget.  He explained two minor changes.

There was some discussion regarding an increase to the 01-100 Personnel Services/Director line. 

MOTION: add department head salary discussion (Blasi, motion fails for lack of 2nd)

Maintenance (06)

Facilities Director Dennis Walls presented his initial department budget.  There was a small increase in line 100 Court Lease.  There was some discussion on line 200 Jail/Maintenance.  Director Walls referenced changes to lines 01-100 personnel services / manager and line 01-110 personnel services deputy manager.  CA Adkins suggested outsourcing handyman services rather than adding to the part time line.  Director Walls suggested $17,000 in Reserve account 70-300 equipment in anticipation of a tractor purchase. 

Break 10:08 a.m.-10:18 a.m.

Probate (08)

Register Coughlin said she increased filing fees, publications, mailing fees, copies, and forms.  She also added the revenue line “Visitor Fees”.  There was some discussion on the surcharge account and what it is used for.

The commission agreed to reduce line 08-35-200 Equipment Purchases/Computer to $0, because money is available in G accounts.  Register Coughlin indicated that she would have a capital improvement plan for the next workshop.

Deeds (09)

Register Curtis anticipated an initial increase to revenues of 3.63%.  Reserve accounts 70-100 Equipment and 70-200 Technology will be combined to coincide with G-1-3012-10 Deeds Equipment. 

Commissioners (04)

CA Adkins said nearly everything was flat-lined.  There was discussion about keeping Sierra Communications as a service.

Jail CAP (11)

There was discussion about the jail CAP of $1,890,009

Communications (14)

There was discussion about account 14-15-115 Cell Phones.  The commission agreed to $26,000. 

Reserves (30)

There was discussion about increasing account 20-300 Building /Maintenance & Repairs. 

Treasurer (05)

Revenues remain the same.  There was some discussion on line 01-115 Personnel Services/Treasurer.  Account 30-300 Contractual services/audit may need to be increased.

Treasurer:

Transfer from Unorganized Territories Department- Treasurer Eldridge submitted documents regarding the $500,000 loan to the county from the UT.  The loan will be paid back at a rate of 1.5%; this matches the interest that would have accrued had the money remained in UT bank accounts.

Maintenance:

Access Control System- this project has been put out to bid.  Commissioner Brown expressed concern about employees’ access; discussion on the issue followed.

Assistant Director position discussion- Facilities Director Walls reviewed the job description, and recommended that Asst. Facilities Director Dave Linnell be advanced to pay grade 11.  Discussion will continue at a future meeting.

County Administrator:

Ellsworth American- Thank a Police Officer Day- the commission agreed to add a sentiment to the “Thank a Police Officer” special section of the Ellsworth American.

Commissioners:

RCC Expansion- ballpark pricing from Randy Sinclair for expanding the RCC was discussed.  There was some discussion about extending the current RCC space into the foyer.  Commissioner Brown questioned ADA accessibility.  There was some discussion on the number of stations required for adding more towns to dispatch for, and if the expanded space would accommodate that.  Commissioner Blasi suggested progressing in stages, with stage A being an expansion large enough to bring in two towns.  Commissioner Brown suggested bringing in Bob Gaspar to assess infrastructure and materials. 

Spirit of America- the commission agreed to consider holding a ceremony in October.

MOTION: to adjourn 2:05 pm (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Deputy County Administrator

COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

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The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 8:30 am on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioners Brown and Clark in attendance.

Bid opening- Airport Terminal Building Standby Generator Project: One bid was received, as follows:

Fortier Electric- purchase and installation $14,898.00

The Commission recognized Jail Administrator Timothy Richardson for 5 years of service to Hancock County.

Adjustments to / approval of agenda:

MOTION: move item 7d to 1d (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move item 10a to 9h, with 9h becoming 9i (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move item 9e to 9a (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Public Comment: none

Approval of minutes:

MOTION: to approve the minutes of the June 25, 2018 Commissioners’ Regular Meeting (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the minutes of the July 3, 2018 Commissioners’ Special Meeting (Clark/Blasi 2-0-1, Brown abstains)

Discussion: Commissioner Brown was not present at the July 3 meeting.  Commissioner Blasi said Hancock County should not be concerned with rebuilding the Back Road Bridge or the Lower Lead Mountain Dam. Commissioner Clark said we could agree we did not want to assume liability for the dam, but he did not want to completely disregard the idea that the county could use Community Benefit money to possibly contribute to the project.

MOTION: to approve the minutes of the July 17, 2018 Commissioners’ Special Meeting (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Ron Fortier gave a brief synopsis of the damage done to the conduit during the jail yard job.  He presented a project proposal for new conduit routing and communication cables. During review of the damage, it was recommended by IT Administrator Grindle and Consolidated Communications to run fiber along with the copper.  Commissioner Brown asked about the general contractor’s role in damaging the cables. Fortier said the general contractor fixed the damage, and that this project is an upgrade.  The general contractor did not assume responsibility, but took care of the repair.  Commissioner Clark noted that the general contractor was not given diagrams illustrating the location of the conduits; they were unknown.  Fortier said the outside of the building is the only option for this project.  Commissioner Clark expressed concern about vulnerability to damage or vandalism.  Fortier said the price was based on 500’ of cabling, but it may be less, or more, and the cost would be adjusted accordingly.  CA Adkins pointed out that this was not simply rerouting, but also upgrading. 

MOTION: recognize Fortier Electric Company as sole source because they are the general contractor’s electrician and have done the preliminary work of restoring the original damage (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to accept the bid from Fortier Electric for the new conduit run from the jail to the courthouse for an amount not to exceed $36,000.00  to be paid for through account G1-3011-00 (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Airport:

Airport Manager Madeira reviewed the generator bid and recommended that the commission approve it.

MOTION: accept the bid from Fortier Electric for the Airport Terminal Building standby generator project in the amount of $14,898.00 using account G2-3010-00 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Airport Manager Brad Madeira gave his monthly report.  He reported that enplanement numbers are approximately 30% below where they were last year at this time; he does not project reaching the 10,000. Silver Airways is doing well.  Commissioner Blasi asked how marketing efforts reflected in numbers.  Manager Madeira said that was difficult to quantify.  Madeira met with Representatives regarding the Caruso drive and Route 230 project.  MDOT did not classify this as a high crash location; however they may do a traffic study upon formal request. Manager Madeira made reference to the county and state working together on a BPI (Business Partnership Initiative) project and suggested the county use community benefit funds to help fund that.  Manager Madeira reported that the FAA released a docket regarding AIP funding for FYs 2018-2020, an additional $1 billion in discretionary funds to airports.  The first deadline is August 8 and impossible to meet, however there is a second deadline of October 31; Madeira would like to pursue that, his priority is for the Snow Removal Equipment building. 

MOTION: approval for the Chairman to sign the project contract with Jacobs Engineering to perform an obstruction survey in 2018 for $27,567.88 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approval for the Chairman to sign the grant offer from the FAA for AIP 3-23-0006-044-2018 to complete 2018 obstruction analysis (Brown/Clark3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approval for the Chairman to sign the grant offer from the FAA for AIP 3-23-0006-045-2018 to replace the runway light system, taxiway light system, to purchase certain ARFF PPE, and to purchase an ADA compatible passenger boarding ramp (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approval to transfer $6,000.00 from account G2-3040-00 (Future Unspecified AIP Local) to account G2-3040-45 (AIP Local Share) (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approval for Chairman to sign Modification No. 1 of the project contract with Jacobs Engineering to Replace Airfield Lighting in 2018 which will increase the contract by $289,897.52 and result in a total contract of $302,533.25 (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

 MOTION: approval for the Chairman to sign the contract with Moulison, LLC to replace the runway and taxiway light systems and the apron light system at the HC-Bar Harbor Airport for $1,388,722.00 (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Approval to hire Jill Constantine to fill the Administrative Assistant vacancy at the part-time rate of $13.00 per hour effective immediately (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: request approval to spend up to $2,000  from account G2-3010-52 to complete phase II of the new baggage claim (inbound baggage) area project (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

UT:

Unorganized Territory Supervisor Millard Billings gave his monthly report.

Commissioner Blasi read from the BEP announcement which referred to Tunk Stream for the Class change from Class B to Class A. Commissioner Clark questioned the commission’s involvement in the issue.  Commissioner Brown said he would need to know the impact of these changes. 

MOTION: approval for the UT supervisor go through RFP process with snowplow contract as requested (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Fire contracts are all in place, but negotiations with Franklin regarding townships 9, 10 and possibly 16 are ongoing.

Supervisor Billings reported he met Friday Josh McIntire of EMDC.  They discussed issuing a questionnaire, and discussed the impact of LUPC’s potential adjacency rule change.  McIntire did not feel the need to engage the advisory board at this point. 

The commission reviewed a thank you letter from Chelsea Lounder, scholarship recipient.  The commissioners were happy to get the letter, and Commissioner Brown said we should all feel good about the opportunity to help a family.

Break 10:05a.m.

Treasurer:

MOTION:  to approve the July GF, Airport, and Jail Payroll Warrants #18-26, #18-27, #18-28, #18-29 in the aggregate amount of $346,611.06 (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION:  to approve the July GF, Airport, and Jail Expense Warrants #18-52, #18-53, #18-54, #18-55, #18-56, #18-57 in the aggregate amount of  $851,952.47 (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION:  to approve the July UT Payroll Warrants #18-52, #19-1, #19-2, #19-3 in the aggregate amount of $1,150.52 (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the July UT Expense Warrants #18-26, #19-1, #19-2, in the aggregate of $72,323.60 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve 2018 July expenditures in the Health Insurance account of $161,339.73 (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3011-00 Jail Yard Job (Pmt #2) for clerk fee in the amount of $5,000 (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3010-90 Jail Yard job 2nd requisition in the amount of $84,569.27 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3011-00 Maine Controls EMS upgrade Final payment in the amount of $17,160 (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Report on municipal taxes:

At this point 2.91% has been collected- 2 towns have paid.

Comdata card for IT Administrator:

IT Administrator Grindle has requested a card in his name for IT related purchases.

MOTION: authorize Chris Grindle to be issued a ComData card (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Sheriff:

MOTION: to administratively remove Jonathan Mahon from payroll; to administratively remove Kenneth Mitchell from payroll; to administratively remove Robert Findley from payroll; to administratively remove Franklin Burke from payroll; to administratively remove Brian Tripp from payroll (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: permission for Deputy Travis Frost and K9 Finn to travel out of state- to Manchester, New Hampshire on August 9, 2018 for narcotics certification (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Jail:

MOTION: to administratively remove Cory Scribner from payroll; to administratively remove Edwin Leighton, II from payroll; to administratively remove Sherryanne Kief from payroll; to administratively remove Ronald Lund from payroll (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audit discussion:

JA Richardson said he had an audit budgeted for next year, but would like permission to have this done in October of this year.  All jails that house federal inmates are required to have this. 

MOTION: approve conducting the PREA audit for 2018 and the cost will come from account 24-40-022 Other Professional Services, knowing that we will overrun that account (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Maintenance:

Facilities Director Dennis Walls gave his monthly report. 

EMS update: this expense has been paid in full.  During the process some defective components were identified and replaced.  Anyone with access can sign in remotely to check conditions, once the system is up and running. 

Jail yard job update: The second requisition meeting took place last week; Facilities Director Walls is pleased with the progress.

Small boiler update: This job is complete, tying it into the energy management system has been done.  Director Walls reported that he is pleased with the results. 

Access control update: This project will include 7 doors throughout the building for the swipe card system. The quote from Cincinnati Time of Maine is a total of $14,137.68.  This would cover the perimeter doors. 

MOTION: that the maintenance director be allowed to go out to bid for the entry system (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Assistant director position discussion: Director Walls said a proposal in his budget prep for 2019 is that Asst. Facilities Director Dave Linnell be given a pay grade increase and maintain the same level of seniority. Commissioner Clark suggested meeting with Director Walls and Asst. Facilities Director Linnell at the next meeting to discuss this request and the job description. 

RCC:

RCC Director Robert Conary gave his monthly report.  On July 27 there was a failure of  911 equipment; the cause was a faulty Uninterrupted Power Supply.  Components need to be replaced but we are up and running.  Commissioner Blasi thought regular voltage checks should be in place.  The Emergency Police Dispatch Protocols are currently being reviewed. 

MOTION: approval to move full time dispatcher Jamie Denbow to part time status effective August 4, 2018 (Brown/Blasi 3-0 motion passed)

Commissioners:

RCC expansion: There was continued discussion on potential scenarios for expanding the RCC on our current campus.  Facilities Director Walls was directed to continue to look for scenarios that make sense to everyone involved.  The commissioners will make the final determination about design in upcoming meetings.

Set departmental budget workshops: CA Adkins suggested discussion at the August 21 meeting and will arrange with Dept. Heads. The commission agreed to set the COLA at 0% at this point in the budget process.  

Discuss Commissioner Caucuses: The caucus for Commissioner Blasi’s District will be held on September 4 at 2:00 pm at Lamoine Municipal Building. The commissioners will hold the budget informational meeting on Nov 27, at 8:45 am.

Dept. 17 questionnaires review; set 2019 department budget amount: The commission agreed they wanted to view the overall budget before making a decision, and to discuss this at a later date.

Correspondence regarding federal funding for inmate medical costs will be sent to MCCA; they are working with NACO on the issue.

Schedule jail union contract negotiations: The commission agreed to schedule negotiations for a date after Labor Day.

County Convention: The annual convention will be held in Portland September 14-16.  Commissioners Brown and Blasi will not attend; Commissioner Clark is undecided at this point.

County Administrator:

Health insurance: CA Adkins expressed concern about high projections. A meeting with Acadia Benefits is scheduled.  Commissioner Clark suggested increasing the Buy Out.

Community Benefit grant discussion: the commission was not inclined to entertain a grant cycle this year.

Reserve Fund Balances: CA Adkins presented a draft proposal for the use and maintenance of the G accounts.  The commission reviewed the document and discussed the various accounts.

Motion: adopt the document Policy for the Use and Maintenance of the Escrow (TRIO/G Accounts) RESERVE FUND BALANCES as the official descriptions of the Reserve Accounts (Blasi/Clark 3-0 motion passed)

Loss Control Survey of Jail and Airport: Deputy CA Rebekah Knowlton explained that our loss control consultant from MMA performed a Loss Control survey of the jail and the airport.  The result was a positive review, with considerable improvement in the jail.  One issue to follow up on- placing jersey barriers to protect a fuel tank at the airport maintenance building- has been taken care of.

Motion to adjourn: 1:45 pm (Blasi/Clark 3-0 motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Deputy County Administrator

COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING

The special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 8:30 am on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioners Brown and Clark in attendance.

Adjustments to / approval of agenda:

MOTION: add UT after public comment to include an executive session under MRSA Title 1§405 6(E) to discuss the advice of our attorney (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: move 6B- executive session under MRSA Title 1§405 6(A) for exempt employee annual evaluation to just before Airport (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Public Comment: none

MOTION: enter executive session under MRSA Title 1§405 6(E) to discuss the advice of our attorney (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: enter executive session under MRSA Title 1§405 6(A) for exempt employee annual evaluation (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Airport:

MOTION: Request approval to spend up to $7,000.00 from account G2-3010-52 to purchase materials for the following terminal building updates: Replace old siding (shingles) with new clapboard; Replace faucets in 1975 section bathrooms (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Treasurer:

MOTION:  to approve the June GF, Airport, and Jail Payroll Warrants #18-22, #18-23, #18-24, and #18-25 in the aggregate amount of $344,953.17 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION:  to approve the June GF, Airport, and Jail Expense Warrants #18-43, #18-44, #18-45, #18-46, #18-47, #18-48, #18-49, #18-50 and #18-51 in the aggregate amount of $976,355.06 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION:  to approve the June UT Payroll Warrants #18-48, #18-49, #18-50,  and #18-51 in the aggregate amount of $1,002.50 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the June UT Expense Warrants #18-24 and #18-25, in the aggregate of $9,424.80 (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve 2018 June expenditures in the Health Insurance account of $229,624.25 (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the request for expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3011-00 Maine Controls, EMS Upgrade 60% in the amount of $25,740.00 -to approve the request for expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3011-00 Final Installment, Replacement of small boiler in the amount of $13,000.00- to approve the request for expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3010-90 Jail Yard Job, 1st requisition in the amount of $140,688.11 and G1-3011-00 Jail yard job, Clerk fee, in the amount of $5,000 (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve expenditure from reserve account request (Blasi/motion fails for lack of 2nd

The commissioners signed the following expenditure requests: the request for expenditure from capital reserve account G1-3013-50 Drug Task Force, Purchase of Polaris side by side in the amount of $10,000.00 and G1-3014-00 Technology, Balance of purchase of Polaris side by side in the amount of $3,799.00 in the aggregate amount of $13,799.00; the request for expenditure from G2-3010-52 EBS for Building Materials for Phase 1 TB inbound baggage area in the amount of $122.84; the request for expenditure from capital reserve account G2-3010-52 ComData/Home Depot for Building Materials for Phase 1 TB inbound baggage area in the amount of $230.29.

Break 10:0 am-10:08 am

Sheriff:

MOTION: approval to purchase software for laptop upgrades from Morrill Technology for $5,980.00 using account E-10-20-100 Computers (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Discussion: jail office flooring- Sheriff Kane said he wanted to make the Commission aware that the flooring in the offices in the jail needed to be replaced.  He presented a quote from The Family Floor Store for $2,088.00.  He said this would be an item to act on later in the year. 

MOTION: approve the family floor store quote of $2,088.00, to be taken from the maintenance account 06-20-300 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Jail:

MOTION: Accept the resignation of part time corrections officer Lucas Hanscom (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request approval of the contract for Chelsea Howard, NP to provide the medical service for Hancock County Jail for the period of one (1) year, beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request approval to hire Kaeley Spinney of Bangor as part time corrections officer, at the rate of $14.00 per hour with no benefits, on call as needed not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective July 21, 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request approval to hire Russell Wilson of Holden as part time corrections officer, at the rate of $14.00 per hour with no benefits, on call as needed not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective July 21, 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request approval to hire Paul Nichols of Glenburn as part time corrections officer, at the rate of $14.00 per hour with no benefits, on call as needed not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective July 21, 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request to administratively remove Karen Botta from payroll, effective July 21, 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request commission to accept the resignation of Brooks Deans of Holden as full time corrections officer; he will remain as a part time corrections officer, at the rate of $14.00 per hour with no benefits, on call as needed not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective July 14, 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request permission to promote Kayla Dumond to full time corrections officer, at step 9A $15.60 per hour with full benefits, effective July 21, 2018 (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approve the contract with Aroostook Mental Health Services in the amount of $18,000 (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

The current contract is for $12,500.  This becomes null and void upon approval of the new contract.  JA Richardson said the new contract continues the crisis service and puts a professional in the jail 4 hours/week for suicide screening, mental health, drug or alcohol addictions and 3 hours/week for psychiatric care.

RCC:

MOTION: Accept the resignation of dispatcher Jamie Ames, effective July 11, 2018 (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approval of the transfer of full time corrections officer Christopher Brown to full time RCC Dispatcher, effective July 28, 2018; step 9-H-1 $19.65 on the RCC wage scale (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

The commission agreed that this action is an exception for this particular situation; this is not precedent setting.

There was some discussion on advertising for another dispatcher position. 

Commissioners:

RCC Expansion- Maintenance Director Walls researched pricing regarding the various scenarios of expanding the RCC; discussion regarding the scenarios continued.

MOTION: to adjourn 11:31 a.m. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton,

Deputy County Administrator

COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

Hancock County Commissioners William Clark and Antonio Blasi met at 8:30 a.m. on July 3, 2018 at the Commissioners’ Office in the county courthouse to begin their annual review of the county roads.  Unorganized

Territory Supervisor Millard Billings and County Administrator Scott Adkins were also present.

They took the following route:

The group toured Martin’s Ridge Rd up to the last residence. They continued onto the Narraguagus Rd., T10 into T16 up Sugar Hill Rd. to Bull Hill Wind Turbines #1-9. Cut across to Colson Branch Hill site of proposed Three Rivers Solar Farm in T16.  Headed east across West Branch Narraguagus Rd. and continued east to Route 193.  North on Route 193 to State Route 9 to Airline Lodge for rest stop.  West on Route 9 to Back Rd. then to Starvation Branch Dam at Lower Lead Mt. Pond.  Back to Route 9 west and then south on Spectacle Pond Rd.  South across East Branch Union Rd. to Bull Hill transfer station at Turbines #10-19, which is at a juncture with Hancock Wind Turbines #1-4.  Across Bull Hill to Emera Transfer Station.  Across Old 16 Rd. to RCC Transfer/Communication Tower, where website Moose photo was taken.  Across Little Bull Hill to Spectacle Pond.  Across Stone Dam over Bogue River, which connects to the East Branch of the Union River on Stone Dam Rd.  Continuing through Osborne/Eastbrook.  Past Molasses Pond Beach Rd. Down Sugar Hill Rd.  Turned around at Molasses Pond Beach House.  On return to courthouse via state routes 200 and 179, stopped in Township 8 (Fletcher’s Landing) on west shore of Graham Lake, at site of Lynch’s store, which is now a public boat landing.  The group met with Dwayne Jordan of 3 Rivers Solar Farm, prospective development partner.

The tour ended at 3:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Antonio Blasi,

Hancock County Commission Chair

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