Commission Chairman, Percy L. Brown, Jr. called the regular monthly meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in the conference room at the county courthouse, Ellsworth Maine with Commissioners Joy and Blasi in attendance.


Commissioner Brown called for 2014 Chairman nominations:

MOTION: I nominate Antonio Blasi. (Blasi/motion failed for lack of 2nd) Discussion: Commissioner Brown asked Commissioner Blasi to state his qualifications.  Commissioner Blasi stated that he has served on the commission for one year and has instituted initiatives and followed up on them, has substantial contacts throughout his district with municipal officials.  When asked if he had any chairman experience, his response was that he has been vice-chairman of the Hancock Planning Board. 

MOTION: to nominate Steven E. Joy. (Brown/Blasi 2-0-1, motion passed, Blasi abstained.) Discussion: Commissioner Joy has had considerable experience not only in county government but other governments and has served as chairman twice.  Commissioner Brown stated that he thought Commissioner Joy would do a good job in leading the commission into 2014.  Commissioner Blasi seconded the nomination, Commissioner Brown called for a motion to close nominations, Commissioner Blasi seconded.  Nominations ceased and the vote was called.  There were two votes in favor of the Joy nomination.  Commissioner Blasi questioned if a vote was going to be called on all nominations.  Commissioner Brown stated that the first nomination did not receive a second, therefore a vote was not called on that nomination.  Commissioner Blasi stated that he would abstain.  Commissioner Joy thanked Commissioner Brown for having the confidence in him to carry on as the chairman.  He stated that it the position comes with responsibility, especially with the County not having a county administrator.  He stated that he felt that a move toward a county administrator "was sometime in our future not just because it's a tough job not only for the commissioners and the chairman, it is just something that I think has come time for Hancock County to have an administrator."  Commissioner Blasi disagreed. 

Propane Bid Opening:

No Frills Oil Company: Base $1.659 per gallon.  Additional Charges: $.048.  Total: $1.707  It is noted for the record that only one bid was received.  Commissioner Brown stated that there is currently a propane shortage in the northeast and much of the propane supply has been sent to the west to warm crops.  He stated that the low bidder would need to guarantee that they would have product.  If the supplier cannot guarantee delivery, the county will be forced to re-solicit the bid.  The swap over to propane can be made at any time.


EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION: Register of Deeds, Julie Curtis was recognized for her 10 years of service to the citizens of Hancock County.  Patrol Deputy Shane Campbell was also recognized for his 10 years of service.

Commission Business:

Old Business:

MOTION: to approve the minutes of the December 3, 2013 commissioners' regular meeting and December 13 and 19, 2013 commissioners' special meetings. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Exempt employee evaluations were scheduled for Friday, January 17, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m.  A complaint will also be heard on that date.


MOTION: to pay travel expenses for commissioners living over 5 miles from the county seat. (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to set the mileage rate for FY14 at .44¢ per mile. (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to authorize the chairman to sign the warrants. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Blasi stated that he would like to designate a 2nd commissioner to sign warrants after the chairman, per the policy.  Commissioner Joy stated that a motion was on the floor and that Commissioner Blasi could discuss it or make a second motion.

MOTION: move that a second commissioner be designated and remind the public that the treasurer requested the 2nd signature on the warrants before she signs the checks on January 8, 2013 (Blasi/failed for lack of 2nd)

MOTION: to authorize the treasurer and county clerk to issue checks up to $1,000. (Brown/Joy 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Brown questioned if the $1,000 limit would cover the issuance of larger checks needed by the Register of Deeds.  Commissioner Joy’s response was no and requested to include the language "with the chairpersons approval."  Commissioner Brown stated that the current process is to have chairman authorization prior to the signing of a hand written check and suggested continuing this process.

AMENDMENT MOTION: to authorize the treasurer and county clerk to issue hand written checks up to $1,000, upon chairman approval. (Brown/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown requested to be the department liaison for Emergency Management, the Unorganized Territory and the Maintenance Department.  Commissioner Blasi requested Emergency Management, Unorganized Territory, Registry of Deeds and the Sheriff.  As this item needed more discussion, Department Liaisons were left as they currently are and will be revisited at  the January 17th CSM.

Commissioner Brown stated that he has been the Workforce Investment CLEO for the Tri-County Workforce, he has been their representative for 8-years.  The Workforce Investment Act utilized federal funds that are funneled through the Tri-County Workforce to train/re-train workers.  He stated that the position is fairly complicated and not something you can pick-up in a couple of days and requested to be reappointed to this position.

Commissioner Joy currently represents the DA, Airport, RCC and the Registry of Probate.  Commissioner Brown stated that he just picked his strong suits, he has 16 years of emergency response through being a deputy sheriff with the sheriff's office, he has been the EMA liaison a number of times, has years of history in the UT’s and maintenance is his strong suit.  He wanted to be the liaison to the departments that he could be most helpful in.  Commissioner Joy agreed but reiterated that further discussion was needed on the 17th.

Office of Financial Affairs:

MOTION: to approve December General Fund and Payroll Warrants #13-48, #13-49, #13-50, #13-51 and #13-52 in the aggregate amount of $281,801.34. (Brown/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve December General Fund and Expense Warrants #13-57, #13-58, #13-59 and #13-60 in the aggregate amount of $526,553.06. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve Jail and UT Fund Payroll Warrants #14-22, #14-23, #14-24 and #14-25 in the aggregate amount of $96,462.01. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve Jail and UT Fund Expense Warrants #14-23, #14-24, #14-25 and #14-26 in the aggregate amount of $145,530.96. (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

CFO Roy stated that jail revenues are current as per the spreadsheet distributed.  30% CCA (Community Corrections Account) funds have not been released by the BOC as of this date he was unsure as to why they have not released the funds and stated that if funds are not released by February the Hancock County Jail could be in financial difficulty.  30% of CCA funds is dedicated to the program officer, 70% of CCA funds are not dedicated funds.  All counties are briefed during the Board of Corrections meetings which are available to listen to online.

A brief overview of the financial reports was presented.  Commissioner Blasi questioned account 09-200 Deeds Surcharge.  These funds are utilized to offset the Deeds budget.  Commissioner Blasi requested source documents that support encumbrances.  These documents will be submitted by the department heads through the warrant process and will be noted with an EN within the warrant.  An encumbrance is a 2013 bill that is paid during 2014.  The accounting system allows to pre-expense into the 2013 budget when then creates a credit in the 2014 budget.  He was unsure of how the new encumbrance system, within the TRIO program,  will work at this time.  He stated that it will give an encumbrance control account that will debit and credit the encumbrance control account and does not affect the 2014 fiscal budget but does affect the 2013 budget, where is where it belongs.  Each department head sends a list for encumbered bills, vendors and bills.

Accounts Receivable contains court ordered items that are now dependent on the District Attorney’s evaluation.  The due date for #16, Board of Correction was 6-months ago, the amount due is $6,307.  It is the over expenditures, amount owed, by the BOC for the jail for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  Corrections need to be made for Morris Yachts AR in the amount of $9.50.  There are a few other corrections that also need to be made.  The RCC has completed its first quarter billing.

MOTION: to approve December expenditures in the health insurance account in the amount of $94,030.55. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: CFO Roy requested tentative approval of $94,030.55 due to receipt of Stop Loss expenses and payments that will be done in December.  The CFO will be coming back to the commissioners, probably in February, to update the number for audit purposes.  CFO Roy stated that due to the Stop Loss revenues and expenses that were received, he needed to go back and audit the numbers, like he has done in the past, and time has not permitted that to happen.

MOTION: to designate the contingent fund to $100,000 per MRSA Title 30-A §924(1). (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: This account is shown on the capital reserve account spreadsheet at the request of the commissioners, but is not a capital reserve account.

MOTION: to reduce tax levy per MRSA Title 30-A §924 (2) in the amount of $200,000 from the Undesignated Fund. (Brown/Joy, 2-0-1 motion passed, Blasi abstained) Discussion: These funds are the $200,000 that was designated in the 2014 County Budget.  Commissioner Blasi noted that there was no discussion following the 2013 motion in the January 2013 minutes.  The current amount of Undesignated Funds is approximately $450,000.  There was nothing budgeted for a TAN in the 2013 budget and a tan was not needed.  Commissioner Blasi questioned the chairman’s preference.  Commissioner Joy stated that the budget has been voted on, it was reduced and he felt it was a good use of the funds.

MOTION: to approve a 2% Overlay per MRSA Title 30-A §706. (Brown/Joy 2-1, motion passed, Blasi opposed) Discussion: CFO Roy distributed 2013 tax bills as a visual tool explaining that the Overlay of approximately $103,000 is shown on the tax bill.  He stated that if the Overlay is not approved he will definitely be asking for a TAN in the coming months.  Commissioner Brown stated his past experience with the Overlay during a time when it was not approved, due to that decision a TAN was needed.  Since then he has recognized the value of the Overlay.  He stated that if we are not going to have an Overlay, then the amount to reduce the tax levy should be reduced by $100,000.  He praised the department heads for their frugalness in reducing the budget for 2014 and encouraged the passing of the Overlay.  Commissioner Blasi stated that he has already spoken his sentiments on the 2% Overlay during the budgetary cycle and directed attendees to "please refer to those minutes."  When asked his opinion, he stated "it's a circular game, manage the funds, amend the budget to appropriate from reserves and contingents and don't levy the tax payers anymore."  Commissioner Brown stated that in this economy, in his opinion, it is not fiscally responsible to not have an Overlay.


AIP 37 construction has been shut down since December 6, 2013.  They are awaiting building materials before moving ahead.  Construction should resume sometime in mid or late January.  Steel production should resume shortly.  Airport Manager Madeira stated that at the last meeting the media, in error, linked the delay to Nickerson & O’Day.  This was not the case as there were many contributing factor.  Structural Steel should arrive in February.

MOTION: to approve out-of-state for the airport manager for March 19, 2014. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion:  This expense has been budgeted.

Airport Manager Madeira has received a letter from Bryon Rakoff, Deputy Manager of the NE Region FAA office outlining the FAA's concerns with regard to the executed MOU between the Town of Trenton and Hancock County pertaining to the proposed installation of a scenic turnout and floating pier system on airport property.  In his opinion the commissioners should rescind their position regarding the existing MOU as it is conflict with Federal regulations, and provide direction on how to proceed given the new information.

MOTION: to rescind the MOU between the town of Trenton and the County of Hancock dated October 1, 2013. (Brown/Joy 3-0, motion passed)  Discussion: Commissioner Brown stated that in reading the Rakoff letter he was concerned that the FAA was concerned with the out clause, that they did not want a 20 year contract but rather a 5 year contract.  If structures were to be permanently affixed to the land it is not seen as interim, this project was intended to be a permanent change to airport land.  A lease is not an intent for permanent land.  Manager Madeira suggested waiting for the MDOT letter to see what it says.  The difference between aeronautical use, concurrent use and recreational use was discussed.  Manager Madeira stated that the current MOU violates the federal obligations of the county.  Commissioner Joy stated that if this is going to put our million dollars of AIP funds in jeopardy, he is not in favor of the project.  Trenton Selectman, Fred Ehrlenbach stated that from the towns perspective they would let the MDOT and FAA work the matter out to see if they can come to a resolution.  Commissioner Joy stated that he would like to rescind the original MOU but would like to see the project move forward.  Commissioner Brown stated his concerns with the MDOT doing our negotiating for us.  He was not comfortable with it.  Manager Madeira did not recommend endorsing the agreement until they hear from the FAA as it is County land.  A land release is costly, Commissioner Joy stated that he was not willing to pay for that.  Commissioner Joy stated that he has always been in favor of the dock system, which are separate projects but also discussed in the MOU because of related maintenance.  The height of pilings was discussed with regard to the floating pier system.  Pilings cause obstructions for float planes which is a prohibited aeronautical use.

Airport Manager Madeira stated that the Fixed Base Operator, Columbia Air, is proposing to reconstruct their lobby area.  The proposed addition falls within the boundary of the leased premises which is described as "Parcel A" on Exhibit A of their operating lease dated April 28, 2003.  This is an add-on to their current building and is within their current land lease.  An airspace study was submitted to the FAA in September.  They do not have to wait to hear the FAA response as there is no foreseen airspace issue.  He recommended that the board approve the proposed construction.

MOTION: to authorize approval of the proposed construction by the Fixed Base Operator, Columbia Air, for the expansion of their lobby area. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Blasi questioned what would happen if the FAA did not approve the request.  There should not be any issues with the project.  The airport layout plan will be modified once the project is complete.

Emergency Management Agency:

EMA Director, Andrew Sankey, summarized emergency operations with regard to the recent ice storm on Christmas Eve.  The storm brought out the best in everyone from towns, to first responders, hydro employees and support workers.  There was great pressure to establish a Red Cross shelter.  Once the shelter operations began, trouble began.  The Ellsworth Elementary Middle School is completely electronic therefore without power, the facility did not work.  Bangor Hydro provided a generator to power the building.  The City of Ellsworth owns the school while the RSU folks were making decisions.  In the end, everyone did the right thing and the shelter turned out to be a success.  Food, showers, cots and cell phone charging was available.  The Red Cross was supposed to set up the shelter but did not have any supplies.  Social Media and Broadcast Media did a great job putting out the word.  Hancock county was serviced by Central Maine Power and Bangor Hydro.  Central Maine Power did a great job in communicating prior to the storm.  This was not the case with Bangor Hydro.  CMP brought up 1,800 in crews to help with the storm.  Bangor Hydro was in over their heads.  Several areas were out of power for almost 2 weeks.  Social Media, through different medias, was used to communicate with different responders and the public.  The State is serviced by the Gray weather service, Hancock County's comes through the Caribou weather station.  An After Action Review of the aftermath of the ice storm and building emergency preparedness was scheduled for January 17th.  A Continuity of Government Plan and the Emergency Preparedness/Safety Plan will be updated.  Commissioner Brown stated that it was a good idea to bring the Safety Committee together again. Commissioner Joy suggested inviting department heads to the January 17th meeting to discuss courthouse issues during the ice storm.  Beyond Hancock County, it was questioned where we stand with the storm/disaster declaration.  Numbers are being crunched and need to meet a threshold.  Towns are compiling information to meet the request and the HCEMA will report them to Augusta.  The best case scenario is that it comes in at 85% and a 2-million dollar threshold.  There is not a deadline to which towns need to reply.

Earlier in the month EMA met with public safety at Spectra Energy gas plant in Township 35, it was stated that their emergency response and that of the wind farm(s) are very similar therefore making their emergency response needs similar.  When questioned about an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Director Sankey stated that each facility is required by law to have an Emergency Operations Plan

Director Sankey will work with Director Walls regarding building problems during the ice storm.  He thanked the commissioners for approving the GIS mapping for Hancock County.


Brown's Communications has ordered radio tower equipment and is awaiting its arrival in mid-January.  An inter-modulation study for Caterpillar Hill has been received. A structural analysis is needed.  Commissioner Brown questioned why the structural analysis was not completed prior to allocating funds toward the project.  Manager Wellman stated that, except for the intermodal study, funds have not been allocated for the Caterpillar Hill project at this time.  There has been no indication that the tower will not hold the equipment.  Director Wellman stated that we have permission from the town to use the tower, free of charge.  The structural study has not been completed or requested.  Commissioner Joy requested the cost of the study so that the project can move along.  Commissioner Blasi stated that amateur radio is a good piece of this and recommended a county wide network.  Commissioner Joy stated that the county will not be associated with that on a private basis.  We cannot be involved with them and their need to purchase a radio, it would not be associated with the Caterpillar Hill project and we can only deal with things that we can control.  Commissioner Joy suggested to request a proposal from Ken Knight to see if the tower can hold the equipment.  The western side of the county and the Osborn area is in the most need.  The commissioners agreed to request a proposal from Ken Knight for the tower study.

A recommended response coverage list for the UT has been created, which shows that some of the UT's have no identifying responders.  The RCC has a list of ideas of who to send in those areas, if there is not an identified responder, that is the list the dispatchers go by, it’s not an official list because it’s not a UT Supervisors list given to the EOC.  Aurora Fire Department has stated that they will no longer be responding to the townships.  The UT Supervisor is working on resolving this issue.

Unorganized Territory:

Supervisor Billings has been researching fire suppression information due to the Aurora Fire Department no longer responding to fires in the UT.  In comparing the current contracts and the associated real estate cost within the townships, he stated that "in comparison, the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department offer looks better than originally thought, if looked at without a fire truck provided."  The Aurora Fire Chief has been asked to provide a list of what they have responded to in the past few years.  The chief has stated that they would be interested in a flat rate contract that does not include extra cost for callouts.  Aurora has stated that they have their own Workers Compensation coverage.  Commissioner Brown was concerned with coverage in the Nicatous area.  Penobscot County has a contract with Town of Milford to cover Greenfield, they also have a contract with the Town of Burlington to cover Grand Falls but it does not have a Clause 8 for Workers Compensation.  There is no direct route from Greenfield to Nicatous.  Grand Falls has a direct route to Nicatous, their contract is through the Town of Burlington for $2,000 plus cost.  The commissioners previously agreed to a $1,000 stipend plus cost, but the hang up was on the liability insurance clause.  CFO Roy stated that there is currently $10,000 to work with for fire control, if needed.  Commissioner Blasi suggested inviting the Town of Burlington to a meeting.  Commissioner Joy stated that he would like to get rid of set fee contracts and set up a per call budget that includes a cap.  The contract would include a liability clause at the town’s expense.  Commissioner Brown suggested investigating insuring the cost of insuring the people/other structures involved.  The Nicatous Lodge was a big concern to Commissioner Brown as people live there year round and there are people there all the time and .  Commissioner Blasi stated that other people worry about more than just that, particularly the directors, RCC advisors.  Commissioner Brown stated that we are talking about fire right now.  Commissioner Blasi stated, yes, that is what they are.  He expressed his concern regarding the Aurora response and stated that some action now would be welcomed.  The immediate problem is negotiating with Aurora and Burlington.  RCC Director Wellman stated that Lincoln has a full-time department and suggested that they be contacted.  Commissioner Blasi reiterated that the Town of Burlington should be invited to a meeting, Commissioner Brown suggested Supervisor Billings visit the Town of Burlington to negotiate a contract with them.  Supervisor Billings suggested that the commissioners and the Burlington Town Manager meet to hammer out a resolution.  Commissioner Brown stated that "we don’t have to provide fire protection and everybody knows that."  Commissioner Blasi responded by saying “no they don’t, set up the funding, please.”  A capital fire account could be created in order to set up a fire response account.  The county could purchase a liability policy to cover this type of response.  The Risk Pool should be contacted regarding this question.  Commissioner Joy suggested looking at providing fire service if future TIF funds come in.  It was questioned if the attorney should be asked the legal aspect of a pay-by-call scenario.  The Risk Pool should be contacted first.  An insurance rider was suggested.  CFO Roy stated that 9-1-1 capital reserves could be utilized for fire response.  UT Supervisor Billings was instructed to contact Malcolm Ulmer at the Risk Pool to discuss coverage and riders.  Commissioner Joy stated that once liaisons are determined we need to get some of the people in the room, whether it's Aurora, Burlington, send a representative, the commissioner and the UT Supervisor to sit down and try to work out an agreement.  He stated that he felt the contracts that we currently have are very sufficient.

Commissioner Blasi questioned the June 30th solid waste deadline and asked if there has been any research on stickers.  Mark Wright has been contacted to do curbside pickup for Township 10 at the same rate as the Town of Cherryfield.  Stickers have not been discussed with Mark Wright.

Commissioner Blasi questioned the EOP for the UT.  Commissioner Joy stated that as it is not on the agenda, he did not want to discuss it at this time.  It can be discussed as an agenda item once it is on the agenda.

Registry of Probate:

MOTION: to approve the promotion of Velma Jordan of Waltham from part-time Deputy Register to full-time Deputy Register Step 8-C $14.20 per hour, effective January 11; 2014. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

12:05 p.m.: Break for lunch

12:32 p.m.: Back in session


MOTION: to accept the propane bid from No Frills Oil Company at $1.659 plus .048 for a total bid of $1.707. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Facilities Director Walls stated that No Frills Oil Company has assured him that they will have the propane needed to cover our needs.  He also requested to extend the agreement to 15 months in order to obtain better pricing and be guaranteed the needed amount.  $1.659 is a floating price based on Fort Bellaview price that will fluctuate up and down, a fixed price could also be negotiated.  The cost of propane has gone up .30 to .40 cents since September but has leveled off.  We will obtain propane elsewhere if our vendor cannot meet our need.  Next year, propane will be requested later next year.  This price will continue for one year after which can be negotiated on a month to month basis until it is advertised again.  Tanks will be filled every other week.  Commissioner Joy requested that the current jail tank be included in the No Frills deal.  CFO Roy requested that the airport tank be included also.  All County accounts/locations should be included in this price.  Tanks should be purchased/county owned.

MOTION: to approve a 90-day Unpaid Leave of Absence for Elsa Trenholm from February 3rd to May 3, 2014. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: The OFA will work with Ms. Trenholm to take care of her benefits during the leave.  The part-time employee has agreed to work 3-days a week in her absence.

Court Space: Commissioner Joy suggested that the DA retain space in the DA's Office, the State utilize space in the Law Library and the Sheriff retain space in the basement currently being utilized by the courts.  With regard to the egress in the DA’s space, this space was not included in the offer to the courts.

Commissioner Brown stated that during the Christmas Eve ice storm, he visited the courthouse.  He requested that the entire server room be connected to the generator.  Director Walls is researching what outlets are on the generator and which are not.  As a part of the courthouse upgrade, an additional generator will be included.  The 95% efficient boilers have not been done in the 5-year plan as of yet.  The switch over to propane is the first step in this process.  This spring the facilities director will be looking at the possibility of converting the Peters Building over to propane.

New Business:

Commissioner Blasi proposed the utilization of Court Marshals on commissioner's meeting day stating that they could monitor the commissioners meeting room for a fee of possibly $100.  Commissioner Joy stated that first and foremost, they are not county employees.  Commissioner Brown stated that the panic buttons were part of the courthouse security plan and that many law enforcement officers attend the commissioners meetings.  He stated that the meetings are open to the public and they should not be intimidated by a law enforcement presence adding that the chairman knows how to handle problems with attendees.   Commissioner Blasi was more concerned with the people coming in from the parking garage.  Commissioners Brown and Joy did not see the need for this kind of service.  Commissioner Joy stated that should they choose to move the metal detector to the doors, that’s their choice.  CFO Roy stated that once a new sheriff is elected, the courts may want to discuss court security with the new sheriff.

The Smith vs. the Town of Trenton tax appeal hearing was scheduled for May 16, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

County Clerk:

MOTION: to create an account in Department 20 for wellness, to be funded with $1,000. (Joy/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Joy stated that sometimes you have to pay people to take care of themselves.

1:11 p.m.: Break

1:13 p.m.: Back in session

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 ss.05 6(c) to discuss a lease. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into session at 2:13 with nothing to report.


MOTION: to approve the Sheriff's vehicle lease for calendar year 2014. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: the amount remains the same as last year.

Court Lease Space:  Commissioner Joy suggested that the DA retain space in the DA’s Office, the State utilize space in the Law Library and the Sheriff retain space in the basement currently utilized by the courts.  If we can make that happen and get the books out the Law Library will be created in a different area of the courthouse.  The authority to remove the books remains in question.  DA Bassano offered to help with this process.

MOTION: to approve the promotion of Nathaniel Jordan from part-time to temporary full-time corrections officer at the rate of $13.50 per hour effective January 11, 2014.  Benefits include sick time and holiday comp time. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)  Discussion: CFO Roy stated that the OFA is now tracking hours.

MOTION: to approve a 3% increase for Corporal Jonathan Merchant, retroactive to November 30, 2013 per Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 24, Section 4. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the Equitable Sharing Agreement with the Department of Justice. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed) Discussion:

MOTION: to accept the resignation of CO Girard Pinkham, effective January 6, 2014. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

County Clerk Continued:

2:29 p.m.

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(a) to discuss an employee agreement. (Blasi/Joy 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into regular session at 2:24 with nothing to report.

2:54 p.m.

MOTION: to enter into executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(a) to conduct a termination hearing. (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Joy called the meeting back into regular session at 3:23 p.m., the termination hearing was rescheduled to January 17th at 8:30 a.m.

MOTION: to adjourn. (Blasi/Joy3-0, motion passed.



C. DePrenger

County Clerk

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