Commission Chairman, Steven E. Joy called the meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners to order at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the conference room of the Hancock County courthouse located in Ellsworth Maine with Commissioners Brown and Blasi and Appointed County Administrator, Scott Adkins in attendance. 

Commissioner Joy welcomed retiree’s and thanked them for their service to Hancock County. 

Adjustments to the agenda: 

MOTION: to move item number 3, the jail, up to item number 2. (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed) 

The following bids were opened for the 2016 AIP project:
Sargent: $722,885.
R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction, Inc.: $765,555.
Kobo Utility Construction Corp: $504,630. 

Bids were for replacement of all eligible lighted airfield signs; they were turned over to the airport manager for review and recommendation. 


MOTION: to approve the request to hire Holly Brown of Blue Hill as a part-time, on call, as needed cook at the rate of $12 per hour, effective April 23, 2016 not to exceed 29 hours, no benefits. (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed). 

MOTION: to approve the request to hire of Roger Smith of Oakland as a part-time, on call, as needed corrections officer at the rate of $12 per hour, effective April 23, 2016, not to exceed 29 hours per week, no benefits. (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed) 


Mike McCarron of Eastern Area on Aging presented retirees with options for supplemental health plans. Sarah Fina, a licensed agent for Medicare supplemental insurances also attended the meeting at the request of retiree Rosemary Campbell.  Mr. McCarron stressed the importance of signing up for Medicare Part B in a timely manner.  The gold standard for Medicare is the part F plan.  As long as everything is lined up properly with Medicare, they will pay for EVERYTHING.  Prescription Drug Plans are arraigned according to the annual cost, monthly costs and any deductibles’.  The Preferred RX plan is the best.  Shopping Pharmacies saves money.  $3,310 in prescription costs triggers the “doughnut hole.”  The website is an excellent tool.  Mr. McCarron suggested seeking enrollment help from Licensed Agents or Eastern Area on Aging.  An insurance Agent is best for a Medicare Advantage Plan.  Commissioner Joy stated that the commissioners are willing to pay up to $200 per month towards a retiree supplemental plan, should they decide to leave the County provided plan.  Retiree Agnes Carr asked that if she decided to stay with Meritain, would the County pay for her contribution?  Commissioner Joy stated that it was an incentive to move to another plan.  Retiree Robert Cossette asked if the Commissioners would consider shopping for a retiree only plan.  The meeting was intended to offer retirees options and answer their questions.  Sarah Fina is available for retirees to speak with if they are interested in changing plans.  Commissioner Brown stated that Health insurance is 1/5th of the county budget; Meritain has been the least expensive company that the commissioners have found, they are very happy with it.  Audio of the presentation is available, upon request, in the Commissioner’s Office. 

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


Cynthia DePrenger
County Clerk


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