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Town Council Minutes 02/25/2014

South Berwick Town Council
February 25, 2014

Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 6:32pm.  Councilors present included Jean Demetracopoulos, David H. Webster, and John C. Kareckas.  Town Manager Perry Ellsworth was also in attendance.  Russell H. Abell was not present.

Approval of Minutes

1. Council 2-11-14:  On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.

Treasurer’s Warrant – Feb 25, 2014

1. On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant in the amount of $126,829.61.

Public Comment

None

Town Manager’s Report

-Commented that the collaboration meeting with Eliot went well.  Also met with Eliot Public Works; a solid plan is in place for the work on Oldfields Road.
-Weight limit road postings may go up next Tuesday.  We have negotiated a good bond ($65,000) with CMP for any damages to roads they will be using.
-Once the snow has stopped we will be working on pot holes.  The road crew has been averaging 80 hour work weeks for several weeks in a row.
-In the past we have received FEMA money for the types of storms we have had this year.  It is not expected to receive any funds this year.
-Waiting for a call back about another meeting with MDOT regarding the Route 236/Vine Street intersection.  The meeting should be at the school.
-Budget Books have been distributed.  The capital plan is not yet ready.  It is expected that we will lose approximately $168,000 in revenue sharing this year.
-Public Works has filed for decertification from the Union.
 
New Business

1. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to approve the Solid Waste Hauler License for Troiano Waste Services through March 31, 2015.

2. Pat Robinson of the Conservation Commission informed the Council that she has applied for a grant from Coca-Cola through the Keep America Beautiful campaign.  The grant would furnish recycling bins for public spaces.  There would be no cost to the Town other than the maintenance of the bins.

Council Member Comments

1. Mr. Kareckas:
-Congratulated the Marshwood Hawks Wrestling Team for winning the championship.
-Commented that he has received resident concerns with road conditions.  He added that some feel not enough maintenance is being done and some feel that too much is being done.
-Commented that good progress was made at the collaboration meeting with Eliot.
-Commented that we should send the letter written by Councilor Demetracopoulos to the Governor’s Office.  (The letter is in regard to the unsafe traffic conditions on Route 236)

2. Mr. Webster:
-Commented that he has received resident concerns about potholes.  He has discussed the issue with the Manager.  He added that the highway crew has been working hard.
-Happily announced that the Community Chorus music has been moved to new storage at the Library.



TC 2-25-14

3. Mrs. Demetracopoulos:
-Commented that we do have potholes, but ours aren’t any worse than any other town.
-Commented that she felt the minutes from the meeting with the consulting firm that is redesigning the Rt 236/Vine St intersection were not inaccurate, but placed the emphasis on things that would support their plan as presented vs. the issues that were raised.  There have been numerous and expensive studies; with no real results.  She stated that something different needs to be done.  Mrs. Demetracopoulos composed a letter on the issue.  Council consensus was to send the letter to those that could do something including the Governor and Transportation Commissioner.

4. Mr. MacPherson:
-Commented that many people find fault with sanding truck drivers generally because they see piles of salt in the roads.  He added that he followed one of these trucks and defends the drivers.  The salt spreaders cannot be shut down at each intersection or stop.  He went on to say that he has not received any calls from residents; he never does.

On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to recess the meeting at 7:02pm to accommodate the Vaughan Fund meeting.

The Council reconvened at 7:26pm.

Executive Session

On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to enter executive session at 7:26pm, pursuant to 1MRSA §405.6A to discuss the Town Manager’s contract.

The following was reported to the Clerk:

On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to end the executive session at 8:08pm.

Adjournment

On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 8:09pm.


Attested:



Barbara Bennett, CCM