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

Adjustments to / approval of agenda:

MOTION: move item 8 to behind item 13 at request of the sheriff and move items 2 behind 8 and 3 behind item 2 (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Add jail funding for balance of 2017 as item 8b (Blasi/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Public comment:

John Greenman from the Town of Orland addressed the Commission regarding a water quality protection ordinance.  He expressed his wish for the Commission to hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance.  Chairperson Blasi allowed 3 minutes for him to speak, per policy.

Jane Crosen Washburn, a resident of Penobscot, addressed the Commission regarding the East-West Corridor development and a water quality protection ordinance.  She suggested the Commission hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance.  Chairperson Blasi allowed 3 minutes for her to speak, per policy.

Bonnie Preston from Blue Hill was not present, but sent a written statement to be submitted to the Commission, which they accepted.

MOTION: take item 4 out of order (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

District Attorney Matt Foster said he had reviewed the proposed ordinance and found that while it is a good concept to protect water quality in the unorganized territories, he would strongly recommend that the Commissioners have an ordinance drafted by someone representing the County.  He said he thought there are many requirements for the County to have a development plan, including appointing a code enforcement officer. He anticipated a large fiscal impact in terms of enforcement and compliance.  DA Foster said a zoning ordinance would have to relate to a comprehensive plan that applied to unorganized territories.  He said there are some concerning provisions in the proposed ordinance, and suggested accepting public comment and having the proposed ordinance be reviewed and possibly redrafted by an attorney representing the County, if the Commission wanted to proceed.  Commissioner Clark expressed concern about the cost involved.  DA Foster said he did not know what it would cost to develop a comprehensive plan, and that enforcement would be the concern regarding ongoing costs.  Commissioner Blasi referenced the Commissioners’ authority in statute to lay out and discontinue county ways.  Commissioner Brown did not agree that this applied in this case.  DA Foster said this does not give the County the right to prevent a corporation or the State from building a road.   Commissioner Blasi gave the following statement:  Large-scale utility line or roadway construction such as the East-West Corridor gas, oil, or water pipe lines and high voltage transmission lines damages water quality, one of our area's most valuable resources. Who profits from Corridor construction, and who receives the products in those lines?

MOTION:  I move to hold a public hearing on the Water Quality Protection Ordinance to prohibit construction of the East West Corridor in the Unorganized Territories on Tuesday December 5th at a time we will set now, and to be advertised once in the Bangor Daily News, and once in the Ellsworth American. If this motion passes, the Ordinance will also be published on our website for public review (Blasi/motion fails for lack of 2nd )

Commission Business:

Airport Budget workshop—Decision

Airport Manager Brad Madeira presented the budget to the Commissioners.  Revenue and expenditure totals are $714,170, up 1.6% from 2017.

MOTION: Approve manager’s revenues of $714,170 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Manager Madeira explained that personnel services increased due to the rise in part time wages, and the new position of PT Lead ARFF.  Supplies were cut by $6,795.00.  Maintenance/repairs were increased by $4,523.00.  Insurances were down $900.  Contractual lines were down overall by $7,150.  The County AIP line was cut by $12,500.  Manager Madeira said after consulting with CA Adkins his suggestion was to use the 50-620 County AIP local share account to transfer money into AIP project G accounts, specific to each project.  Money for the 2018 projects will need to be designated from currently undesignated funds.

MOTION: Approve expenditures of airport for $714,170 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


Finance Assistant Position

MOTION: approve Pam Linscott as Finance Coordinator with step 9F3 $17.10 retroactive to November 1, 2017, 9F3 $17.78/hr from January- October 2018, and $18.31/hr step 9G1 when she reaches her anniversary date in November of 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


Further discussion of EMS RFP-

The Commission reviewed the RFP for Energy Management System and Software.  Director Walls said this includes new software, computers, and components that would allow us to include the propane burners that we have, to provide future expandability and to include the new equipment at the annex.  Commissioner Brown suggested that language referencing using state of the art equipment should be included.  Director Walls agreed, and said he would add that.

MOTION: to approve RFP with recommended revisions (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Follow up on key custody- Director Walls presented the Commission with an inventory of keys and key holders.  Commissioner Brown wanted to be sure key holders know that keys may not be lent out or duplicated. The official inventory list will be housed in the facilities office.


MOTION: to approve the hire of Abraham Chevalier of Hampden as full time RCC Dispatcher at step 9-A $15.98 per hour, effective November 25, 2017 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Mr. Chevalier is already employed by Hancock County as a part time dispatcher; this is a promotion to full time, not a new hire.

MOTION: To accept the resignation of RCC Director Renee Wellman effective December 8, 2017 and thank her for 8.5 years of service to Hancock County (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)


Back in session 10:23

Commissioner Brown wanted to make sure the RCC director position was advertised in-house as well as publicly.

MOTION: seek applications from the general public and from within, effective immediately, and that we run an ad in the Bangor Daily in two successive weekend editions (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Commission Business:

Nomination of Director for the 2018 MCCA Board of Directors

MOTION: to select Commissioner Brown as representative for MCCA and Risk pool (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Commissioner Brown appointed CA Scott Adkins as proxy.


MOTION:  for the Commissioners of Hancock County to amend its MainePERS service retirement plan for Law Enforcement Officers, effective January 1, 2018.  Hancock County approves participation in Maine PERS special plan 4C for its Law Enforcement Officers, for future service only.  Service rendered prior to January 1, 2018 remains under Regular Plan AC; the County authorizes the County Manager to sign the Agreement between Hancock County and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

The Commissioners signed the document from MainePERS referencing this action.

RCC Union Contract

MOTION: to sign Collective Bargaining Agreement between Hancock County and Teamsters Local Union No 340 for the Regional Communications Center October 1, 2017-September 30, 2020 (Clark/Brown 3-0, motion passed)

Health Plan- 2018 renewal

MOTION: to renew Hancock County health plan with Meritain for 2018 (Brown/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Janice Eldridge v. Hancock County- approval of settlement

Motion:  In the matter of Janice Eldridge versus Hancock County, I move that we authorize settlement in the amount of nineteen thousand dollars, as recommended by our counsel (Clark/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

There was no discussion.


MOTION: Approval of Richard D. Bishop as part time deputy at the starting rate of the patrol deputy (Clark/Brown 3-0 motion passed)

Jail Funding:

There was some discussion on funding needs for the jail for the remainder of the year.   CA Adkins suggested the County “loan” the money to the Jail, creating a receivable on the county side, a payable on the jail side. Commissioner Clark suggested using a non-tax source of revenue, such as CBA funds to close the funding gap. Commissioner Brown expressed that money for the jail should come from taxation; the money should be appropriated rather than use CBA money.  Using CBA money for jail maintenance was discussed.  CA Adkins referenced a $124K receivable left from the jail law suit.  Commissioner Clark suggested that the topic be revisited at the end of the year. 

Action on BAC revisions to 2018 Budget

Dept. 30 Reserves- The BAC voted to add $25,000 to line 20-300 for a total of $60,000

The Commission took no action on this recommendation.

Dept. 17- 3rd Party Donations- The BAC voted to increase EMDC $9,245, U. Maine Extension to $74,664, and HCPC to $16,400

MOTION: approve BAC $16,400 for Hancock County Planning Commission (Brown/Clark 2-0-1, Blasi abstains, motion passed)

MOTION: go back to Commissioners’ number of $73,200 for UMaine extension (Brown/Clark 2-0-1 Blasi abstains, motion passed)

No other action was taken regarding Dept. 17.

Dept. 4 Commissioners- The Commission held discussion on lines 30-202 Spillman Services and line 30-203 Info / Tech Services, but tabled the issue until Dept. 10 was discussed.

Dept 10 Sheriff-

MOTION: to override BAC recommendation for line 01-130 (Brown/Blasi 2-1, Clark opposed)

MOTION: override BAC recommendation of $20,000 increase in line 70-300 vehicles (Brown/Blasi 2-1, Clark opposed, motion fails)

MOTION: to override BAC recommendation for line 20-100 computer (Clark/motion fails for lack of 2nd

Dept 4: Commissioners- The Commission took no action on the BAC recommendation for line 30-202 Spillman Services.

Break 12:06

Back in session 12:27 pm

Commissioner Clark suggested an increase of $20,000 to Dept. 2 EMA revenue line 900 reserve transfers, taking that from G 1-3021-56 EMA In Kind, decreasing expense line 05-300 Health Insurance to $50,000, and in Dept 4 increase revenue line 500 Reserve Transfers to $30,000 and taking that from G-3011-06 Prof . Services.  Commissioner Brown said he did not want to fund with reserves because the expense would remain, reserve money can only be spent once.

Motion: adopt the 2018 budget with BAC recommendations (Clark/Blasi

Commissioner Clark amended the motion: to include the amount to be raised through taxation $5,834,979

MOTION: to adopt the 2018 budget with BAC recommendations to include the amount to be raised through taxation $5,834,979 (Clark/Blasi 2-1 Brown opposed, motion passed)

This is a $313,373 increase over the 2017 budget- 5.68%, over CAP by $86,672.  CA Adkins said as far as the CAP goes, we are now $868,895 total under LD 1, due to the history of the LD 1.

MOTION: to adjourn12:50 pm (Brown/ Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Deputy County Administrator

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