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COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING 

Commission Chairman, Steven E. Joy called the meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014 in the conference room at the county courthouse located in Ellsworth Maine with Commissioners Brown and Blasi in attendance.

 

Commission Business:

Commissioners:

Commissioner Blasi requested that the clerk bring up the motion from the March 19th meeting to retract a particular award and read it aloud for the Commissioners.  Upon reading the requested motion, the following motion was made:

MOTION: that Maine Coast Memorial Hospital be disqualified from receiving grant funds this year due to receiving funds last year. (Blasi/Joy 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Brown stated that in scoring the application he graded on the content, not the submitting entity, therefore his mind is not prejudiced.  He stated that the process is still new to the commissioners and that he did not look into "who the actual people were, he looked into the content of the grant."

Commissioner Blasi requested to add a column entitled “previous award” to the score sheet, thus calling attention to an entity being awarded funds in a prior year.  Commissioner Brown stated that grant applications need to be screened prior to the commissioners receiving them.  Commissioner Joy stated that a tracking mechanism should be in place noting that "if you have applied for 3-years in a row and have not received funds you have to take a year off."  Screening for previous awards received and application submitted for 3 consecutive years without receiving an award should be tracked/monitored.

MOTION: to put the $10,000 that was previously awarded back into the Community Benefit Capital Account. (Brown/Joy 2-1 motion passed, Blasi opposed) Discussion: Commissioner Blasi opposed the motion in that the funds could also be distributed to the current entities receiving grant funds in equal shares.  Commissioner Joy stated that the commissioners were over the $100,000 and that something else may come up during the year that the funds may be needed for whether it's for the towers or research on Caterpillar Hill or something else.  He wanted to see the funds go back to the capital account.

MOTION: that in our next grant cycle we allow any entity that has received $10,000 or less to reapply for the Community Benefit Grants until they have received $25,000 or more at which time they cannot apply for 3 years. (Joy/Brown 3-0, motion passed) Discussion: Commissioner Brown stated that Commissioner Joy may want to change his motion due to the statement of $25,000 or more.  Commissioner Joy clarified that his intention was a total accumulation of $25,000.  Commissioner Brown stated that an entity could receive $25,000 in one grant, but another entity could receive $10,000 each year for 3 years, which would be unfair to the onetime $25,000 grant recipient.

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

Respectfully,

 

C. DePrenger

County Clerk

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