Town Council Minutes 05/27/2014
South Berwick Town Council
May 27, 2014
Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. Councilors present included Jean Demetracopoulos, David H. Webster, and John C. Kareckas. Town Manager Perry Ellsworth was also in attendance. Russell H. Abell did not arrive until approximately 6:45pm.
Approval of Minutes
1. Town Council 5-13-14: On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.
Treasurer’s Warrant – May 27, 2014
1. On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant in the amount of $287,028.26.
Reports & Presentations
1. Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership & Senatorial updates:
Cathy Goodwin, representing Senator Susan Collins, updated the Council on the Senator’s position on the TPP and other issues she is focusing on. She stated that Senator Collins would not take a position on the TPP until the final language is available. However, she is concerned with the proposed fast track and Congress being side stepped. Ms. Goodwin encouraged citizens to contact the local office to express concerns because Senator Collins does use the information when making her decisions.
Ms. Goodwin added that Senator Collins is also working on VA health care services, Medicare fraud, and the Jamaican phone scams. She also recently won the battle to get the potato back into the WIC program.
Bonita Pothier, representing Senator Angus King, also updated the Council with the Senator’s stand on TPP and other issues he has been working on. He has expressed his concerns with the Trade Promotion Authority (allows the President to negotiate contracts without Congress – fast track) and the fact that much of the discussions and negotiations have been “in the dark”, behind closed doors. The Senator will not make a decision on the legislation until language is added to protect Maine businesses.
Ms. Pothier also stated that Senator King has been working on several areas of importance to the State. Although not finalized, there will not be a BRAC (Base Realignment & Closing) round in 2017. Senator King is also working on regulatory reform and getting Maine designated as a Center of Excellence with a focus on manufacturing.
2. Stormwater Plan 2014:
Kristie Rabasca, environmental engineer, has been working with the Town since 2003 on the Stormwater Plan. South Berwick is included in a group of about 30 Maine communities required to have a plan for General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s).
Legislation is continually changing; often requiring more communities to participate (based on population) and requiring municipalities to take on more responsibility to monitor and mitigate any issues. A new requirement is to increase municipal awareness of the Plan and Permits. The Plan must address six minimum control measures: public education & outreach, public involvement & participation, illicit discharge detection & elimination, construction runoff, post construction runoff, and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
Town Manager’s Report
-The vote on the SAD #35 budget is tomorrow at the high school at 7:00pm.
-The Seacoast Energy Initiative (SEI) Grant is closing on Friday. South Berwick took the lead when Kittery backed out. Efficiency Maine will now take it over.
-There will be a Hike Thru History presentation at the Library on Thursday and the Hike Thru History will take place on Friday.
-June 4th will be a United Way Day of Caring at the Red Barn (Youth Center). This annual event has been very successful in the past.
-Suggested that the proposed changes to the Historic District Ordinance be referred to the Planning Board for review and revision.
1. On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to table the issue of the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership for three months.
1. On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to accept the list of equipment and furnishings totaling $236,906.22 from the Friend’s of the Library as Town property. See attachment A.
2. Day property hazardous materials: Mr. Ellsworth explained that the building is no longer insurable and creates a significant liability for the Town. Hazardous materials would have to be mitigated prior to the building being razed. He added that there are funds in the facilities budget to cover the $1800.
On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mr. Abell, it was unanimously voted to authorize the Manager to enter into contract with Ransom Consulting, Inc. to conduct a hazardous materials inventory at the ‘Day’ property for $1800.
3. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to nominate Perry Ellsworth to the Maine Municipal Association Legislative Policy Committee.
Council agreed that the Manager’s participation on the committee is valuable to South Berwick.
4. On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to approve a Solid Waste Hauler License for Casella Waste to expire June 30, 2015.
5. On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to approve the renewal of a Liquor License and Special Amusement Permit for The Links at Outlook Golf Club.
6. Mr. Ellsworth stated that he is trying to schedule a workshop with the York Ambulance Association to discuss a contract for services. If all goes well, a new contract could be in place for the start of the fiscal year on July 1st. It was agreed to hold a workshop on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6:30pm in the Manager’s Office.
Council Member Comments
1. Mrs. Demetracopoulos:
-Stated that it was nice to see the benches on the Town Hall front lawn. Mr. Ellsworth stated that they have been there all winter.
-Commented that it was a wonderful Memorial Day Parade.
2. Mr. Webster:
-Apologized for missing the Town Meeting. He had a minor medical issue.
3. Mr. Kareckas:
-Thanked the VFW for another nice Memorial Day Ceremony.
4. Mr. Abell:
-Commented that he was out of town and missed the Memorial Day Ceremony.
-Attended the Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Dinner. South Berwick resident David Stansfield was the recipient of the award.
5. Mr. MacPherson:
-Noted that a request to move the benches on Portland Street (in front of the old library) may be forthcoming.
On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to enter executive session at 8:23pm pursuant to 1 MRSA §405.6A to discuss the Town Manager’s contract.
The Manager reported the following to the Clerk:
On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to end the executive session at 8:35pm.
On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 8:36pm.
Barbara Bennett, CCM