Selectmen Present: John Luce, Douglas Small, Earlyn Bowers and Suzan Rudnicki
Absent: Josh Devlin
Town Manager: Tom Richmond
Recording Secretary: Coreen Sylvester
Guests Present: Jason Metivier of the U.S. Census Office in Bangor, Code Enforcement Officer Stewart Brooks, Glennis McSorley and Toby Pelletier
7:30 PM: Suzan Rudnicki called the meeting to order.
MINUTES: Earlyn Bowers made a motion to accept the minutes of January 4, 2010 as
written. John Luce seconded. Four voted in favor.
U.S. Census: Jason Metivier stated they are looking for people to work on the 2010 census this
year for five to ten weeks, and asked if the Board would help get the word out. Jason stated it pays $13.75 per hour plus mileage reimbursement at $0.50 per mile, and people would still be able to collect unemployment afterwards.
ROAD COMMISSIONER/TAX COLLECTOR/TOWN MANAGER REPORT:
1. See attached report.
2. Tom Richmond stated he had sent reminder letters to all the people who made payment arrangements for taxes and said an attorney for one of them called to say that person is going through bankruptcy, which puts that foreclosure on hold for awhile.
Penobscot Valley Council of Governments (PVCOG): Tom stated he had gone to a meeting
of PVCOG today, and it looks like they will be dissolving.
Etna Town Services: Tom stated he had been contacted by Etna’s Town Manager, Evelyn
Serval, to see if there was any interest in the Town of Carmel providing services to Etna. One of the questions was to see if the Town of Carmel would perform Etna’s office duties here in Carmel. There was also a question as to whether there would be any interest in having Carmel Fire Department provide them with fire and ambulance service.
Maine Emergency Management (MEMA) Courses: Tom told the Board that in order for the
Town of Carmel to qualify for future grants, the Selectmen have to take certain MEMA courses (MIMS 700 and 100 courses).
2010 Annual Town Meeting Warrant: The Town Manager and Selectmen went over the town
meeting warrant and made changes as needed. There was discussion on the 2010 budget, and Tom said that due to large cuts in State revenue sharing funds, we will be using some of our revenue sharing reserve funds this year.
Hermon Fire Chief Retiring: Tom informed the Board that he had received a letter from the
Town of Hermon saying their Fire Chief is retiring and asking if we would be interested in sharing a Fire Chief with Hermon and some other surrounding towns. After discussion, John Luce made a motion to authorize Tom Richmond to attend a meeting of the Hermon Fire Department to gather more information. Earlyn Bowers seconded. Four voted in favor.
WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of January 19, 2010 in
the amount of $2,846.00. Earlyn Bowers seconded. Four voted in favor.
WARRANT: John Luce made a motion to accept the payroll warrant of January 25, 2010 in
the amount of $3,204.61. Earlyn Bowers seconded. Four voted in favor.
WARRANT: Earlyn Bowers made a motion to accept the accounts payable warrant of
January 25, 2010 in the amount of $120,464.92. John Luce seconded. Four voted in favor.
ADJOURNMENT: Earlyn Bowers made a motion to adjourn. John Luce seconded.
Four voted in favor. Meeting adjourned at 9:03 pm.
Town Manager / Road Commissioner Report
Sand & Salt: It appears that we have used about ¼ of the stock pile of 2010 sand. The public sand is being heavily used and I have asked the Deputy Sheriff to keep an eye out for nonresident vehicles that are illegally taking sand.
Boiler Room: Over the last couple of weeks we have spent time cleaning out and painting the interior of the town office boiler room. It has made a major difference and you can actually see in there now.
Cemetery Work 2010: This year at the annual town meeting we will be asking for money to work on the expansion of the North Carmel Cemetery. Sunrise Materials has concrete blocks, shown in the pictures to the left, that could be used for a nice-looking retaining wall. We are also planning ditching on the Garland Road and the Haskell Road, and much of that fill can be used in this project.
2010 Audit: RHR Smith Auditing Company has completed the field work for the 2009 annual audit. The prior onsite training Vernice provided was a big help with the year-end process. The preliminary totals indicate that all accounts were in the black and we did have a growth in the undesignated fund balance of about $40,000.00.