The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Blasi at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the conference room of the County courthouse located in Ellsworth, ME with Commissioner Brown in attendance.

MOTION: to approve the promotion of corrections officer Michael Butters to Corporal effective October 7, 2017 at Step 10C $17.10 per hour (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Adjustments to/approval of agenda:

MOTION: move item 10b to 1f (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed) 

MOTION: Add 10e: A discussion about the Department of Transportation notice of layout and taking (Clark/Blasi 3-0 motion passed)

Public comment: none

Commission Business:


MOTION: to approve the minutes of the September 5, 2017 Commissioners’ Special Meeting, the minutes of the September 12, 2017 Commissioners’ Regular Meeting, the minutes of the September 19, 2017 Commissioners’ Special Meeting, and the minutes for both meetings of September 28, 2017 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Croce abatement discussion: Mr. Dickey from the Town of Dedham was present. After discussion, the Commission scheduled the hearing for October 24, 2017, if all parties were in agreement.   


Airport Manager Brad Madeira updated the Commission with his monthly report.  Current Enplanement numbers are down 4% this year, mainly due to having 3 airlines last year, and only 2 this year.  The US DOT will be issuing an RFP for 2 year proposals from air carriers later this year or early next year regarding seasonal essential air service at Bar Harbor, and year round service at Presque Isle, ME and Plattsburgh, NY.  Commissioner Brown asked about the impact of PenAir bankruptcy.  Madeira said operationally it may be a benefit to us, because they are consolidating some of their resources.  He said all indications are that they will stay in business.  Commissioner Brown asked if we would carry them in A/R; he would not feel comfortable allowing them not to pay.  Discussion followed regarding timely payment expectations.  AIP projects update- the contractor completed the remarking project in about 15 days.  The contractor is done with the detention basin project.  Manager Madeira said he was pleased with the quality of work and efficiency with which both contractors worked on those projects.  The majority of work was performed at night, thereby minimally impacting the public, which is good for the airport. 


UT Supervisor Millard Billings updated the commission with his monthly report.  He asked the

Commission if they are interested in setting up some kind of scholarship for students in the UT.  Currently there are 19 students in the UT in grades K-12. There is money in both TIFs for education.  Commissioner Brown said he was interested in developing a scholarship for the second semester for attendance at a secondary school in the state, trade schools included.  Commissioner Blasi was also in favor.  Commissioner Clark said he was in favor of the concept, and said they should be careful about the criteria for the scholarship.  Supervisor Billings will work to have something prepared for this coming June.

Airline Snack Bar- UT Supervisor Billings said it appears that the Airline Snack Bar is going to be sold, and inquiries were made about a liquor license. Commissioner Brown did not think they needed to hold a public hearing.  Commissioner Blasi said we should consider it given that there are new owners.  Commissioner Clark said there should be a significant review with new owners, that a public hearing would be a noble thing to do but no one would come.  The Commission decided not to have a public hearing.


MOTION:  to approve the September GF, Airport, and Jail Payroll Warrants #17-35, #17-36, #17-37, and #17-38, in the aggregate amount of $323,991.90 (Brown/Clark 3-0 motion passed)

MOTION:  to approve the September GF, Airport, and Jail Expense Warrants #17-64, #17-65, #17-66, #17-67, #17-68, and  #17-69 in the aggregate amount of $518,745.77 (Brown/Clark 3-0 motion passed)

MOTION:  to approve the September UT payroll Warrants #18-9, #18-10, #18-11, and#18-12, in the aggregate amount of $719.91 (Brown/Clark 3-0 motion passed)

MOTION: to approve the September UT expense Warrants #18-5 and #18-6, in the aggregate of $1,991.78 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: to approve September expenditures in the Health Insurance account of $141,335.21 (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Discussion: Jail Fund write off:

CA Adkins explained that this would be written off per the auditor; the auditor will not allow us to carry on books as receivable any longer.  This will not affect the general fund at all; this will simply take it off the books. 

MOTION: write off $600 by December 31, 2017 (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Status list includes 4 accounts totaling $600, pending since 2015.


MOTION: Approval to hire Noah Lewey of Bangor as a full time corrections officer at Step 9A $15.29 per hour effective October 7, 2017 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION:  Approval to hire Elijah Moreshead of Bangor as part time on call as needed corrections officer at the rate of $12.00 per hour not to exceed 29 hours per week with no benefits, effective October 7, 2017 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: Request to hire Holly Brown of Blue Hill as part time on call as needed cook at the rate of $12.00 per hour not to exceed 29 hours per week with no benefits, effective October 7, 2017 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: Permission to overexpend account E 46-10-620 Drug Task Force K9 Supplies (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Chief Deputy Kane said funds in Dept 46 will cover this.  This will cover the outstanding $25.91 plus the cost for neutering- approximately $305 total. 


RCC Director Wellman was not able to be in attendance; she is inspecting the tank installation at Mt. Waldo.  CA Adkins gave her report.  Commissioner Brown asked where the lease fees (tower and land) are coming from- he would like to have them come from TIF funds, thereby reducing the RCC budget by that amount.  Training has gone well, and there is a good possibility of getting fully trained dispatchers working in a few months.  There are a couple of vacancies, in addition to being understaffed, which is leading to Director Wellman covering the shifts, and the available dispatchers to work lengthy hours.


The Commission reviewed the monthly report submitted by Facilities Director Walls.


November Commissioners’ Regular Meeting will be on November 7, 2017 at 8:30 am.

PT wages policy discussion:

Those on the scale will receive the COLA adjustment each year. PT starting rate is not affected by the COLA.

Spirit of America Foundation Tribute:

Bruce Flaherty contacted the Commission through email to ask if Hancock County would be honoring its municipalities’ winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service.  The Commission was interested in hearing a presentation about what the group is and what is involved. 

MOTION: to approve the Hancock County NIMS proclamation (Brown/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)


The Commission agreed to hold union negotiations with RCC at the October 24 CSM. 

Croce abatement- The Commission discussed the question of whether or not this is a de novo hearing.  They agreed it was.  Written information from the applicant will be shared with the town.

Job description- deputy county administrator:

The Commission reviewed the job description.  Under Supervision given the words “hires staff” were replaced with “participates in the hiring process”.

MOTION: approve Deputy County Administrator job description as modified today (Clark/Brown 3-0 motion passed)

Discussion about the Department of Transportation notice of layout and taking:

A notice of layout and taking was sent to Commissioner Clark.  He wanted the record to reflect receipt of that.  Deputy CA will send receipt of the notice.

Break 11:10am

MOTION: to approve the part time wages policy (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

There was not a need for an executive session regarding RCC negotiations.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton,

Deputy County Administrator

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