Town Council Minutes 04/22/2014
South Berwick Town Council
April 22, 2014
Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 7:03pm. 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. Public Hearing – Budget 04-08-14: On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.
2. Council 04-08-14: On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes after amending them by adding the word “onerous” to the end of the second sentence under Mr. Kareckas’ Council Comments.
Treasurer’s Warrant – Apr 22, 2014
1. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant for $258,682.57.
Town Manager’s Report
-Informed everyone that we have received the notification that (the annual) spraying along the railroad tracks will begin (statewide) May 5th. A brief discussion ensued regarding the length of time it would actually take in South Berwick.
-Referencing information from the Fire Chief, he informed everyone that trucks hauling compressed natural gas would soon be traveling to and from the plant in Eliot on Route 236. Most of the trucks are expected to access Route 95 in Kittery; however, trucks may pass through town to access some New Hampshire locations. He added that the plant is capable of filling one truck per hour, twenty-four/seven.
-The Route 101 project is in at $1.2 million up from the original $750,000. Several items are up for consideration to reduce costs: remove schedule penalty, leave in a schedule incentive, daytime work only, expanding from two weeks to four, and change concrete pipe to plastic are included. He will be meeting with Mr. Lovely of the MDOT on Friday. Issues still need to be discussed especially the use of Waterside and Lord’s Lanes. Neither road can accommodate the large, heavy loads.
-The cost of the Route 236 project is up to $500,000 from $400,000. Of the first $400,000, the Town would pay 10%, the State would pay 10%, and the Feds would pay the rest. The additional $100,000 would be split between the State and Town. The Public Works Director will be applying to KACTS for the Town’s portion.
-The new cruiser is in service. The old one has been taken out of service and is currently being used for parts.
-Avesta is moving forward with the senior housing project. Phase 1, the Environmental Study is already complete.
-Made note that he will only be in the office some mornings next week.
-Commented that his new assistant Rhonda is working out well.
1. On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adopt the proposed FY 2015 Budget and sign the warrant calling the Town Meeting on May 20th.
2. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to approve the new liquor license for Thistle Pig Restaurant.
3. Planned Growth: A brief discussion ensued regarding the inclusion of the R2 zone. The large parcels in the zone have significant development limitations.
On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adopt the amendments to Chapter 102, Planned Growth sections 102-3 & 102-5 as written.
4. Mr. Ellsworth stated that FEMA has chosen not to pay for ice storms anymore. Due to the impact on municipal budgets, many towns are issuing resolutions.
On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to sign the Resolution regarding FEMA payments for ice storms December 21, 2103 through January 1, 2014 and forward it to the Governor and MEMA.
5. Mrs. Demetracopoulos made a motion, pursuant to 29A MRSA §2382, to sign the Overlimit Loads Agreement w/MDOT for the Dover-Eliot Road only. Mr. Kareckas seconded the motion.
The Council discussed the use of certain roads to access the construction area. Mr. Kareckas stated that he was less concerned with the once in, once out delivery of equipment. He did express his concerns with the large heavy loads using Waterside and Lord’s Lanes.
Mr. Ellsworth stated that there are still issues that need to be vetted such as bonds for road damages. He added that some roads might already have weight limits. If not, as Road Commissioner he can post a limit on any road anyway.
Mrs. Demetracopoulos withdrew her motion. Mr. Kareckas withdrew his second.
On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to table action on the Agreement until the first meeting in May.
Council Member Comments
1. Mr. Webster:
-Informed the Manager that the beavers are back at Love’s Brook.
-Commented that he would like to see the bike lanes swept.
2. Mr. Kareckas:
-Commented that the light pole on the ground at Subway needs to be disposed of.
3. Mr. MacPherson:
-Commented that the Vine Street Cemetery clean-up day went very well. Approximately 20 people were there to help. He added that a couple of weeks ago high school seniors raked-up a portion of the cemetery as well.
On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:43pm.
Barbara Bennett, CCM