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July 10, 2008
Board of Selectmen
July 10, 2008
Community Hall Annex
6:30 p.m.

Present:  Joseph R. Becker-Chairman, Leroy C. Clark-Vice Chairman, Douglas C. Briggs, Sheila H. Dibb, Cherilyn A. Bulger

The Board signed the following line item transfers:

·       Mr. Briggs moved to sign the transfer for Public Safety.  Ms. Bulger seconded.  Vote unanimous.
·       Mr. Briggs moved to sign the transfer for the Fire Department.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.
·       Mr. Briggs moved to sign the transfer for Public Safety/Animal Control.  Ms. Bulger seconded.  Vote unanimous.
·       Mr. Briggs moved to sign the transfer for Public Safety/OT.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.
·       Mr. Briggs moved to sign the transfer for Town Treasurer.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Meeting with Mr. Blair’s attorney (Kiritsy) regarding bills received ($6,000 and $10,000) on April 30, 2008 which they are disputing because they feel they are not reasonably related to the services and should be considered a tax.  The bills were sent regarding water and sewer at the Bear Hill subdivision.  Lengthy discussion ensued between the Board, Attorney Kiritsy, Attorney Cranston, Carl Christianson – DPW Superintendent (ret.), and Norman Anderson – Planning Board.  Attorney Kiritsy stated that he is protesting the bill as an illegal tax and will go to court if the Selectmen cannot fix the situation.  Mr. Briggs would like Attorney Cranston to come back to the Board with a recommendation and Attorney Cranston advised not to vote on anything tonight.  Lengthy discussion regarding fees.

James McCallum, Interim DPW Superintendent recommended the hiring of Ben Collins and Derek Tymon (summer help) beginning Monday, July 14, 2008.  Mr. Briggs moved Mr. McCallum’s recommendation.  Ms. Bulger seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Christianson stated that the bids were accepted for LP Gas and will go out again for oil.  He also would like to request a sole source purchase for water meters and wants it to be compatible with the town’s current system.  Mr. Briggs suggested changing specs to require a badger meter, but should be put out to bid.  Mr. Christianson agreed.

Mr. Briggs stated that the town received a $118,000 grant (drinking water equity) and would like to do nothing with it the first year – the intention is that it will be for the Water Enterprise Fund.  Mr. Christianson believes it is a 10-year grant.

Mr. Becker informed the Board that he received a phone call from a water department employee about licenses issued by the state to two DPW employees which impacts his overtime.  Mr. Becker stated that one accusation made was that something was misstated on the application in order to get the licenses.  Mr. Briggs feels this issue should be brought before the former DPW Superintendent or the Interim DPW Superintendent.

Salary Certifications for fiscal year 2009 – Mr. Briggs moved to sign the salary certifications.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.

Mr. Briggs would like to hold off on Earthday until the next meeting on Monday,
July 14, 2008.  Mr. Becker would like to speak to Mr. D’Auteuil about the bill.

Mr. Briggs moved to adjourn.  Mr. Clark seconded.  Vote unanimous.  The meeting adjourned at 8:14 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Cherilyn A. Bulger
Board of Selectmen

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