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COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING

  Audio recordings of the meeting are available upon request

The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 8:30 am on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioners Brown and Clark in attendance.

Adjustments to agenda:

MOTION: to add item 2 (a) convention expenses to the agenda (Clark/Blasi, 3-0 motion passed)

Public Comment: none

Old Business:

Storm Related Staff Reduction and Courthouse, Annex, and Airport Closure Policy

MOTION: to approve the changes to the Storm Related Staff Reduction and Courthouse, Annex, and Airport Closure Policy (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Discussion: Commissioner Brown expressed concern about the effect of the changes on the Airport.  Commissioner Blasi thought if the Chair and the Administrator decided the courthouse should be closed, the airport manager could make his own decision regarding non essential employees. There was some discussion about the District Attorney’s office employees; if the State closes and the county employees choose to go home they could use benefit time. 

Convention expenses discussion: Treasurer Eldridge reported that a memo had gone out regarding the 2017 County Convention.  The Commission agreed that this should be a departmental expense, and that it should not come out of Community Benefit funds.

Commissioners:

TIF Project Priorities discussion: Unorganized Territory Supervisor Millard Billings reported that there is not enough interest for bus transportation.  There is interest in rebuilding the Gassabius Bridge.  Commissioner Brown expressed concern with bridge ownership and the liability that may be involved.  CA Adkins thought a donation of TIF funds to another organization for the purpose of building the bridge may be a way to avoid ownership. UT Supervisor Billings said we still need to get landowner permission.  There was some discussion on the $100,000 of the Community Benefit funds labeled fire truck. Commissioner Clark suggested exploring a program using wind farm (CBA) money for the two first responding agencies on the scene. They could apply for up to $5,000 without a match, or they could apply for up to $25,000 with a 50/50 match, for fire service training or equipment.  In this way the money would get back to the agencies in some form for fire service. Commissioner Brown was not ready to decide what to do with the $100,000, only half of which we now have.  Commissioner Brown pointed out that the County could lose all of the Community Benefit funds tomorrow.

Jail Wall Reconstruction- Maintenance Director Dennis Walls presented a letter from Lewis & Malm Architecture giving three options for needed repairs.  There was some discussion on the water collecting, and how to avoid that. Jail Administrator Richardson was concerned about trip hazards with catch basins.  In the design the catch basins would be outside the jail yard.  

MOTION: to contract with Lewis and Malm to develop an RFP for option 3 to include drainage modifications and grading (Clark/Brown, 3-0, motion passed)

Travel Policy Amendment-

CA Adkins suggested the addition of “or use of County assets” to the last paragraph.

MOTION: to approve the modifications to the Travel and Subsistence Reimbursement Policy as noted in the draft (Clark/Blasi, 1-2, Blasi, Brown opposed, motion fails)

MOTION: to approve the Travel and Subsistence Reimbursement Policy as noted in the draft, and add “and/or use of County assets” to the last paragraph. (Brown/Blasi 2-1, Clark opposed)

MOTION: to Approve the Transfer of Forfeited Assets:

  • State of Maine vs. Sheldon Alley $1,220.80 and 2 firearms and 1 security system;
  • State of Maine vs. Luis Hernandez $9,770.60;
  • State of Maine vs. Carlos Pemberton $9,770.60;
  • State of Maine vs. Hyacinthe Baril, 17 firearms, 2 motor vehicles, 3 motorcycles, 2 snowmobiles, $32,224.00 and miscellaneous property;
  • State of Maine vs. Paul Chiumiento, 17 firearms, 2 motor vehicles, 3 motorcycles, 2 snowmobiles, $32,224.00 and miscellaneous property;
  • State of Maine vs. Jose Maisonet $9,770.60.

(Brown/Clark 3-0 motion passed)

Break 10:21a.m.

Back in session 10:28 a.m. 

Ellsworth PD/ Dispatch Services

MOTION: to approve the contract for providing dispatch services between the Ellsworth Police Department and Hancock County (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Audit RFP

MOTION: to approve the RFP for Audit services (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

PSAP update

CA Adkins reported that he had spoken with other counties about PSAP services. There was some discussion on the impact of farming out our PSAP.  Commissioner Brown would like to have a cost analysis done regarding losing PSAP, and its impact. 

Meeting time

The Commission agreed to leave meeting scheduling as it is.

MOTION: to adjourn 11:16 a.m. (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Executive Assistant to the County Administrator

 

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