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The special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 8:30 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioners Brown and Clark in attendance.

Opening of Cruiser and Civil Cruiser bids: 

Chair Blasi opened the bids; results are as follows:

Ford Interceptor Bids

2017 Ford Interceptor                      Darlings          $27,195.00

Civil Vehicle

2017 Chevy Silverado DBL Cab        Darlings           $24,534.00

2017 GMC Silverado Crew Cab        Darlings           $28,809.00

2017 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab       Darlings           $24,500.00

2017 Chevy Silverado Ext Cab        Darlings          $22,526.00

2017 GMC 1500 Sierra Short Crew   Varneys           $24,863.00

2017 GMC 1500 Sierra DBL Cab      Varneys           $23,561.00

MOTION: to accept the bid from Darlings for $27,195.00 for SO Cruiser (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Adjustments to agenda:

MOTION: to add item 4(b) to agenda, an Executive Session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(d) to discuss union negotiations (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to add item 2(d) to discuss the rehire of Brooks Deans as corrections officer (Blasi/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Public Comment: none


MOTION: to hire Karyn McCarty of Hancock as a full time dispatcher , a lateral transfer from the Jail at the rate of $18.80 per hour, effective February 4, 2017 (Brown /Clark  3-0, motion passed)

Discussion: to add a 9th position to dispatch as a floating dispatcher with a schedule of 40 hours a week:

There was some discussion regarding the funding of the position, and how this position would fit with the union. Commissioner Brown said he supported the floating position but expressed concern about reducing the amount of overtime. RCC Director Wellman said her intent was to have a consistent 40 hour week for the floating position. The new position would be a union position.  Commissioner Clark said his concern was funding, and wanted a more definitive answer regarding revenue from Ellsworth. Commissioner Brown said he would like to consult the union regarding this, and table items 1 b and 1 c.

MOTION: to table items 1(b) and 1(c) (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: To accept the resignation of Edward Montague as a part time deputy effective January 17, 2017.  (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: To expend from G1-3021-36 K9 in the amount up to $300.00 for K9 supplies. (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: To hire Christopher Ring of Ellsworth as an on call as needed corrections officer, at the rate of $12.00 per hour with no benefits and not to exceed 29 hours per week. (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to rehire Brooks Deans as full time corrections officer at Step 9-C (Brown/ Clark 3-0, motion passed) 

Deans resigned as of January 6, 2017 at step 9-F-1 $17.73, by contract he can come back at step 9-c.

Commissioner Blasi stated that as the only Commissioner here today to have voted to adopt video visitation, he has requested a modification of the program to the jail administrator.

Sheriff Kane responded that the request should have gone through him, and they would discuss the issue.

MOTION: to accept the bid for the 2017 extended cab from Darling’s in Ellsworth of $22,559, $12,000 trade-in included (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: to appoint Scott Adkins as the proxy representative for the Hancock County Representative to MCCA and Risk Pool (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Meeting and Agenda Policy amendments

The Hancock County Meeting and Agenda Policy was discussed at length, and draft amendments were made. The policy with the approved amendments will be presented and adopted at the next Commissioners’ meeting.

MOTION: to record executive sessions and restrict public access to them (Clark/ Blasi 1-2, motion fails, Clark and Brown opposed)

MOTION: to not adopt section 1 of Meeting Records in the amended changes to the Meeting and Agenda Policy (Blasi/ failed for lack of second)

Motion: that Section 1 be written without the words clear, curt, and concise (Clark/Blasi 2-0-1, Brown abstains because he feels statute already addresses this)

MOTION: in item 1 under Meeting Records, to written minutes, have the words clear, curt and concise be included, remove item 3 “lengthy and wordy minutes”, and accept the revisions to #4 as suggested by CA Adkins (Clark/Brown 2-1, Blasi opposed)

Commissioner Blasi is opposed to using the words clear, curt, and concise.

Motion: to approve section 4 under meeting records (Blasi/motion withdrawn)

At this point Chair Blasi recognized Michelle Cote, the Sheriff’s administrative assistant, as she was sent by Sheriff Kane to discuss funding for the civil process vehicle purchase.

MOTION: to approve the funds to purchase of the civil process vehicle with the following accounts:

Reserve account civil process vehicle E 13-70-300 $20,000 

Overdraft sheriff’s office vehicle repair account E 13-20-005 by $500, $2000 total

Salary account E 13-01-120 $500   (Clark/motion withdrawn

MOTION: to approve the funds to purchase of the civil process vehicle with the following accounts: SO civil process vehicle G 1-3014-70 $22,559 (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

TIF projects and expenditures

The discussion was tabled until Unorganized Territory Supervisor Millard Billings is able to be in attendance.

Hancock Wind Community Benefit discussion

MOTION: to enter executive session MRSA Title 1 §405 6(e) legal counsel (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Chairman Blasi brought the meeting back to regular session and Commissioner Clark reported that the Commission is instructing CA Adkins to continue to work toward a resolution regarding the CBA payment.

MPERS discussion

Commissioner Brown explained the circumstances, saying that it would not benefit the county to pay its share to MainePers if he chose to sign up, and asked that if the county would pay him $6,369.54- the figure that would be owed to MainePers- he would sign a document saying he would not sign up for MainePers in the future.

MOTION: to compensate Percy L. Brown Jr. $5,000.00 for Hancock County’s failure to offer him MainePers in 2006 (Clark/ Blasi 2-0-1 Brown abstains due to conflict of interest)

Health Insurance discussion

Commissioner Clark requests for the county to buy out his health insurance, as he already has health insurance.

MOTION: to offer Commissioner Clark the health insurance buy-out (Brown/Blasi 2-0-1 Commissioner Clark abstains due to conflict of interest)

County Administrator:

Commissioner Brown reported that he had been at a meeting about the Hancock County Workforce and Recovery Program. His concern was that the $10,000 previously promised was going to training recovery coaches, as it had been directed to.

MOTION: to hire RKO to perform 2016 county airport and single audit (Clark/Brown 2-1 Blasi opposed because he felt that an RFP should be sent out)

CA Adkins reported that there have been several abatements hearings requested. 

There was some discussion of the part-time clerical position in the Commissioners’ Office, and combining that with another department to create a full time position.

MOTION: to enter executive session under MRSA Title 1 §405 6(d) to discuss union negotiations (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed).

Commissioner Blasi brought the meeting back to regular session reporting the following: negotiations are continuing with Sheriff’s office.

Commissioner Brown reported about a letter he received requesting information, he believes it is a FOAA request. He suggested that a letter be written to the requestor saying this is a request for physical access to the courthouse; there is no information to give other than the whereabouts of the courthouse.

Motion to adjourn 1:37 p.m. (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted, 

Rebekah Knowlton

Executive Assistant to County Administrator

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