Selectmen minutes

Selectmen's Meeting - Apr. 11, 2017

Meeting Date
2017-04-11
Board
Present
Dodi Thompson, Chris Smith, Jeff Rackliff, Gail Seamon, Cathy Horner, Charles Yates, Crystal Whittier, Sandra Wade
  1. Reviewed and dispersed mail.
  2. Read and accepted minutes from the previous meeting.
  3. Chuck Yates presented selectmen with two new Citizens Petitions: One pertaining to term limits of elected officials; one pertaining to a personnel issue. Mr. Yates found issue with an article written by the Ordinance Review Committee which was on the website in the April/May newsletter. The selectmen feel that the article in question did not recommend how to vote on the upcoming “run-off” election, but rather explained the reasoning behind the creation of the current Building Ordinance. Yates, Whittier and Wade strongly oppose the current building ordinance.
  4. The Selectmen worked with a town resident on her property cards and tax maps.
  5. The Selectmen agreed to contact MMA in reference to the two new citizens’ petitions.
  6. Charles Yates has agreed to be on the Ordinance Review committee. The Selectmen are in search of one more resident to join the committee. The next meeting is Thursday, April 20th.
  7. Dodi reported that DownEast Energy came to clean the furnace for the town house. The service man discovered that it had a cracked heat exchange. Considering this and the age of the furnace, he recommended that the furnace be replaced before the next heating season. The cleaning was cancelled. The Town House committee has been apprised of the situation.
  8. Selectmen agreed to contact the town attorney concerning the two new Citizens’ Petitions. 

Selectmen's Meeting - Apr. 4, 2017

Meeting Date
2017-04-04
Board
Present
Dodi Thompson, Chris Smith, Jeff Rackliff
  1. Reviewed and dispersed mail.
  2. Read and accepted minutes from the previous meeting.
  3. Reviewed and signed Warrant # 7 ($78,511.30)
  4. Selectmen discussed Building Ordinance issue. It was agreed to have a single question and four options, while making sure voters only vote yes on one option. Any ballot that has more than one option marked yes will be void. The selectmen will contact MMA and PretiFlaherty, the town’s law firm, on the best way to word and present the ballot.
  5. Selectmen worked on property cards. Pulled the cards for all properties that had been transferred in ownership from April 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017. Also pulled cards that had ongoing construction, which were flagged to recheck in 2017. John Sexton, assessing agent for the town, with assistance from Dodi, will work to update all the cards. They will then be given to Annie Tibbetts, tax collector, to enter into her system. 

Selectmen's Meeting - Mar. 28, 2017

Meeting Date
2017-03-28
Board
Present
Dodi Thompson, Chris Smith, Jeff Rackliff, Susan Burns, John Archard, Jim Craig
  1. Reviewed and dispersed mail.
  2. Read and accepted minutes from the previous meeting.
  3. Researched the amount of money raised to create and update the Town of Vienna Comprehensive plan. The selectmen looked in the past town reports 2004-2008 to see how much was raised and spent in each of these years on the comprehensive plan. The town voted to update and fund the comprehensive plan in 2004. The town raised $12,869.00 over the four years and the remainder was funded by grants - totaling $31,152.00.

Selectmen's Meeting - Mar. 23, 2017

Meeting Date
2017-03-23
Board
Present
Dodi Thompson, Jeff Rackliff, Tom Ward, Lidie Robbins, Tammy Holmes, Mark
Holmes, Annie Tibbetts
  1. There was a general discussion with Tom Ward, RSU #9 superintendent, on the budget process. He did indicate that Vienna’s share for the 2017-2018 budget should go down this year. Here is a link to all budget information, calendar of meetings, etc: Mt. Blue Budget
  2. The annual budget meeting will be held May 2nd at the high school. The budget referendum will be held in Vienna on Tuesday, May 16th . (These are tentative dates)
  3.  Lidie Robbins was welcomed as Vienna’s new representative to RSU9. Her official appointment papers were signed by Lidie, selectmen and the town clerk. Her three year term will begin in June. 
  4. There was a follow up discussion about a school bus driver who was seen texting while driving in Vienna. She had reportedly been dismissed, but then was seen driving a bus in another town. Dr. Ward said that a mistake was made, but promised it will not happen again; said bus driver will never drive for RSU9 in the future.

Selectmen's Meeting - Mar. 21, 2017

Meeting Date
2017-03-21
Board
Present
Dodi Thompson, Chris Smith, Jeff Rackliff, Tim Bickford, Devin Webster, John Archard, Luke Olson, Burt Whittier
  1. Reviewed and dispersed mail.
  2. Read and accepted minutes from the previous meeting.
  3. Reviewed and signed Warrant # 06 ($15,516.48)
  4. Selectmen received a Citizens’ Petition to repeal the Building Ordinance, enacted on March 12, 2016, along with any amendments voted in on March 10, 2017; and reinstate the Notification of Construction Ordinance enacted in 1996.
  5. Selectmen agreed to have the special election (tentative date, April 28 th) to vote on the two Contradicting proposals, the new Citizens’ Petition, and a fourth option to repeal the proposals voted in on March 10, 2017 and go back to the Building Ordinance enacted on March 12, 2016; with the understanding that the selectmen will task the Ordinance Review Committee and others to come up with a compromise proposal for changes to the building ordinance to be presented at the March 2018 town meeting. It will be stated clearly on the ballot that you may vote YES on one option only! If a ballot has more that one mark it will become void and will not be counted. (Note: The special election has now been set for Tuesday, May 16th  from 3:00 PM to 8:00M. Public Hearing will be May 1st  at 7:00 PM.  Both will be held in the Community Room)
  6. Luke Olson dba All Season Handyman turned in his proposal to extend his contract for mowing for the 2017 season. Selectmen accepted the proposal and signed the contract.
  7. Selectmen reviewed a resident’s property card by request.  The resident had questions relating to her increased valuation due to tree growth rates.
  8. Adjourned meeting until Thursday at 6:30.

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