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Town Council Minutes 04/23/2013


South Berwick Town Council
April 23, 2013

Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 6:58pm.  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 4-09-13:  On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.

2. Council 4-09-13:  On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.

3. Board of Assessors 4-16-13:  On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes after amending them by capitalizing the J in jack in items 3 & 4 and to change the date of April 6th to April 1st in item 4.

Treasurer’s Warrant – April 23, 2013

On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant in the amount of $187,598.25.

Public Comment

1. Audrey Fortier commented that the literature left by the Eastern Trail should be reviewed carefully, especially the map of the route.  She commented that there appears to be more bridges planned than are necessary.

Town Manager’s Report

-Commented that the mixed paper is now being taken to the Kittery Transfer Station instead of being trucked to Massachusetts.  Mr. Ellsworth also commented that all residents should be aware that the paper bin is for clean paper only; no trash.  If trash is mixed with the paper we lose our ability to sell it.
-Reminded everyone that the Elected Officials training workshop was Wednesday.  Note was made that Mr. Abell was to attend, but will not due to his vacation.
-Commented that the road construction project is going very well.
-Informed Council that he has spoken with Mike Gallo about Mr. Gallo’s wish to donate a couple acres of land to the Town in the Town Forest for parking.  The donation is conditional upon the Town installing a gate to keep vehicles from entering further than the designated parking.  Council consensus was to have the Manager move forward with the proposal.
-Informed Council that the Great Works Regional Land Trust has expressed interest in purchasing a Town owned property.
-Made note that he attended a ceremony at Berwick Estates honoring Dorothy Irene Howard on her 100th birthday.
-Reminded everyone that Senator Hill and Representative Beavers will be holding a forum here on Saturday from 9-11.
-Made note that the Building Committee will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss the new charge given by the Council.
-Made note that we are still in mediation with the unions.

New Business

1. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adopt the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014, sign the warrant for Town Meeting on May 21, 2013 and order it posted.

2. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to accept the 2013 CIOT Seat Belt Campaign Grant.


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3. On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to accept the Conservation/Open Space Plan dated December 2012 with thanks to the committee and Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission (SMRPC) for their work on the project.

On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to append the Open Space Plan to the Comprehensive Plan.  [No public hearing was held for the change to the Comprehensive Plan]

4. On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to hold a joint public hearing with the Planning Board on May 14th at 6:30pm to receive comment on the proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (regarding the outdoor sales of food and merchandise).

5. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to hold a public hearing on May 28, 2013 at 6:30pm to receive comment on the proposed amendment to the Administrative Code Article XIII §3-56 [regarding the number of members on the Library Advisory Board].

Council Member Comments

1. Mrs. Demetracopoulos:
-Commented that she would like to see the 2 memorial benches installed in front of the Town Hall before Strawberry Festival.  Mr. Ellsworth stated that should not be a problem; the Strawberry Festival Committee is buying one and the Town is buying the other.

2. Mr. Webster:
-Asked when grinding the roads will begin.  Mr. Ellsworth stated that it is scheduled for July, but could start in May or June.

3. Mr. Kareckas:
-Complimented the Manager and staff for a relatively painless budget season.
-Stated that Powderhouse Ski Hill had a good season; they were open 39 times.

4. Mr. MacPherson:
-Commented on the budget season “this is probably one of the least exciting regarding participation”.

Adjournment

On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:30pm.


Attested:



Barbara Bennett, CCM