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The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Clark at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday October 6, 2020.  Commissioners Wombacher and Blasi, County Administrator Scott Adkins and Deputy County Administrator Rebekah Knowlton were also in attendance, as well as several Department Heads.  Due to Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.  The meeting link was made available to the public on the Hancock County website.

Adjustments to / approval of agenda: none

Public Comment: none

Meeting Minutes:

MOTION: Approve the minutes of the September 15, 2020 Commissioners’ Special Meeting (Wombacher/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Approve the minutes of the September 30, 2020 Public Hearing (Wombacher/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)


Monthly report-

Airport Manager Leroy Muise submitted his monthly report.  Muise reported that he is looking at options for a front end loader attachment, as the current equipment is unreliable.  Muise said this is not eligible for AIP funds.  CA Adkins recommended that the Commissioners allow the Airport Manager to purchase the equipment now, as other funds have been saved through federal funding of AIPs.  The Commission agreed that Muise and CA Adkins would work together and bring a plan back to the Commission.  The Commissioners reviewed the Capital Improvement Plan.

MOTION: Accept the Land Lease Agreement between Hancock County and Winger Welding Inc., authorizing the Chairman to sign (Wombacher/Blasi 3-0, motion passed)

This is a short term lease for a period of 7 months.

MOTION: Approve the Assignment and Amendment of Land Lease Agreement and Operating Rights between Maine Coastal Flight Center, Inc. and Hancock County including approval for Chairman to sign; this is a joint approval motion for two leases: Office 100 in the terminal building and two parcels of land (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: Accept the resignation of FT Corrections Corporal Noah Lewey effective October 9, 2020 (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: approve moving Corrections Officer Lewey to PT Corrections Officer, rate of pay 9A of the wage scale (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Request approval of extension of unpaid leave for Corrections Officer Nancy Pelletier, through November 2, 2020 (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)


RCC Director Conary submitted his monthly report. 

The RCC Expansion project is fully completed.  In order to complete the accounting, the amount of $94,654.53 needs to be transferred.  The total cost of the expansion is $426,269.53.  Additional equipment still needs to be purchased, however this is not part of the expansion, but due to standard required updates.

MOTION: transfer $94,654.53 from undesignated funds in the Community Benefits fund to the RCC Expansion 90-904 (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)


Monthly Report- the Commissioners reviewed the monthly report. 

The historical society intends to begin repair work on the old jail pending delivery of materials. 

MOTION: transfer from G1-3011-00 to E 06-90-902 for Heat Pump Project in the amount of $22,500.00 (Wombacher/Clark 3-0, motion passed)


MOTION: accept the September warrant memo as presented (Wombacher/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

The Treasurer’s memo listed the following:

September GF, Airport, and Jail Payroll Warrants #20-35, #20-36, #20-37 and #20-38 in the aggregate amount of $387,789.79;

September GF, Airport, and Jail Expense Warrants #20-49, #20-50, #20-51, #20-52, #20-53, and #20-54 in the aggregate amount of $762,057.36;  

September UT Payroll Warrants #21-9, #21-10, #21-11 #21-12 in the aggregate of $1,098.04;

September UT Expense Warrants #21-5 and #21-6 in the aggregate of $2,185.60

Discussion about Machias Savings Bank interest rate reduction-

MSB has informed us that as of October 5 they will be dropping our interest rate to 0.65%. Treasurer Boucher said because of this it is more advisable to pay the full TAN as soon as possible.  The balance we owe on the TAN is $2,008,300.00.

MOTION: repay the MSB TAN principal and interest as of today in the amount of

$2,008,300.00 (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

The interest earned to date will cover the attorney’s fees for the TAN process.

Treasurer Boucher said this is a good time to go out to bid for municipal banking services.  Commissioner Clark said this is not a good time for interest rates at all and he was doubtful that we would do better.  After discussion, the Commissioners agreed to consider it and advised Boucher to work on the RFP. 

Treasurer Boucher said the auditor was on site and completed the work on the County and UT audits and we could expect to see the results in the coming weeks.


Wellness Program-

The Commission discussed the previous wellness program and the possibility of beginning another.  DCA Knowlton will meet with Acadia Benefits later in the week and will discuss options with them.  They agreed to consider some programs at a future meeting.

Next meeting will be October 20, 2020.

MOTION: Adjourn 10:24 am (Blasi/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Deputy County Administrator






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