Selectmen Present: Joshua Devlin, Suzan Rudnicki, John Luce and Earlyn Bowers
Absent: Douglas Small
Town Manager: James Collins
Recording Secretary: Coreen Sylvester
Guests Present: Toby Pelletier, Rec Director Aaron Hawes, Ted Johns, Barbara Johns and Glennis McSorley
7:30 PM: Joshua Devlin called the meeting to order.
MINUTES: Suzan Rudnicki made a motion to accept the minutes of March 17, 2008 as
written. John Luce seconded. Three voted in favor. Earlyn Bowers abstained as he was not present for that meeting.
MINUTES: John Luce made a motion to accept the minutes of February 11, 2008 as written.
Earlyn Bowers seconded. Three voted in favor. Josh Devlin abstained as he was not present for that meeting.
ROAD COMMISSIONER/TAX COLLECTOR/TOWN MANAGER REPORT:
1. Town Manager Jim Collins stated he had counted houses on South View Drive and Dyer Road from the intersection of Route 2 and Dyer Road, and he believes they meet the density requirement for cable television service. Jim told the Board he contacted Time Warner and was told they will provide us with a copy of a map showing their service area in Carmel.
2. Jim Collins stated the Town of Hermon opened paving bids last week, and their cost ended up being $70.00 per ton and $1.50 per yard for reclaiming. Jim said he will be putting paving and reclaiming for Carmel out to bid soon.
3. Josh Devlin asked if we are parking the Town truck at the salt shed, and said we should put it somewhere else as there have been a lot of thefts from vehicles lately. Jim stated he would have them put it inside.
Meet with Ted & Barbara Johns to Discuss Letter Regarding Trash: Ted Johns stated that
on January 7th of this year he was approached by Deputy Garrit McKee who was following up on a request from the Town Manager due to an anonymous complaint that out-of-town people were putting their trash out at the Johns’ residence. Deputy McKee told Mr. Johns he had been asked to go through the Johns’ trash to see if he could find
evidence that it was from another town, but the deputy declined to do so and instead asked Mr. Johns if anyone was leaving trash at his residence.
Mr. Johns stated he then came and talked to the Town Manager and was told there was an ordinance in the town regarding trash. The Town Manager could not find an ordinance;
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the only thing he could find was the contract for trash pickup and all it said regarding residents’ responsibilities was to put their trash out before 7:00 am.
Barbara Johns said they had written a letter to the Selectmen on January 11th asking the Board for a full account of the basis for this action and requesting the name of the person who made the complaint, and stated they had hand-delivered the letter to Sue Rudnicki to give to Selectmen as they were not sure whether Selectmen would receive it if they just left it at the Town Office. Mrs. Johns said the Selectmen’s letter of response only said the Board had not been aware of any complaints about their trash, and did not address their questions. Josh Devlin stated the Board’s letter stated exactly what they were aware of until they received the Johns’ letter.
Mr. Johns said Deputy McKee told him his trash has been monitored since August of last year. Mr. Johns said he is entitled to know who is making complaints against him, but the Town Manager will not tell him who made the complaint and he would like to enjoy his retirement without being harassed by the Town Office. He said there have been many instances of the Town harassing him through the years, and referred to two other cases. Earlyn Bowers said he did not believe the complainant should be revealed, because if you take away their anonymity people will not dare to express their concerns for fear of retribution.
Mr. Johns requested the Board give them a formal written apology for being accused of allowing out-of-towners to leave trash with theirs. After discussion the Board decided to take no action as they felt the Town Manager is obligated to look into any complaints he receives, and he had the complaint investigated.
Appoint Robert J. Duplisea Jr. as Assessor: John Luce made a motion to appoint Robert J.
Duplisea Jr. as assessor for the Town of Carmel for one year. Earlyn Bowers seconded. Four voted in favor.
Rec Department Fund Requests: Rec Director Aaron Hawes asked Selectmen to approve the
purchase of turface for the Rec Field at a cost of $2,300.00. Sue Rudnicki made a motion to release the money to allow the Rec Department to purchase turface for $2,300.00. Earlyn Bowers seconded. Four voted in favor.
Mr. Hawes also asked the Board to consider having the basketball courts at the Rec Field hot-topped or seal coated, and handed out quotes to have it done. Selectmen asked to have the matter put on next week’s agenda for discussion.
Appointments: John Luce made a motion to appoint the Carmel Historical Society as the
Cemetery Committee for the Town of Carmel. Sue Rudnicki seconded. Four voted in favor.
John Luce made a motion to appoint Connie Graves, Regina Ross, Tina Alexander, Gloria Small, Rodney Verrill, Marvin Graves, Robin Dulac, Felicia Ward and Sarah Stinchfield as the Carmel Days Committee. Earlyn Bowers seconded. Four voted in favor.
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Letter From Resident Regarding Animal Control Position: Selectmen received a letter from
Vivian Axmacher of 10 Mahon Road saying she is interested in becoming an animal control officer for Carmel. Although Ms. Axmacher is not certified as an animal control officer at this time, she has experience in working with dogs. Selectmen asked the Town Manager to get a list of requirements needed for certification and invite Ms. Axmacher to a meeting to discuss the matter with her.
Ash Hill Road Ruts: Sue Rudnicki stated she had gone up Ash Hill Road and there is at least
one kid riding up and down the road and tearing the road up. Jim Collins reminded the Board that Chief Deputy Morton had been here a year or two ago to address this issue. Jim stated Chief Deputy Morton explained what residents need to do to try to catch violators, but residents are unwilling to do it. There was discussion regarding the possibility of getting the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to help.
WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of March 24, 2008
in the amount of $3,186.06. Suzan Rudnicki seconded. Four voted in favor.
WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of March 31, 2008
in the amount of $3,200.95. Suzan Rudnicki seconded. Four voted in favor.
WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of April 7, 2008
in the amount of $2,873.66. Suzan Rudnicki seconded. Four voted in favor.
WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of
April 7, 2008 in the amount of $53,931.88. Suzan Rudnicki seconded. Four voted in favor.
OTHER BUSINESS: Toby Pelletier stated that on Tuesday she came around the corner on Five
Road and the trash truck was on her side of the road. Selectmen stated they believe the contractor was only told not to cross the road on Routes 2 and 69.
ADJOURNMENT: Sue Rudnicki made a motion to adjourn. John Luce seconded.
Four voted in favor. Meeting adjourned at 9:22 pm.