Town Council Minutes 08/08/2017
Town Council Meeting
August 8, 2017
Chairman Russell H. Abell called the meeting to order at 6:43pm. Councilors present included John C. Kareckas, John James, Laura Leber, and Thomas Chase. Town Manager Perry A. Ellsworth was not present.
Approval of Minutes
1. Public Hearing 07-25-17: On a motion by Mrs. Leber, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.
2. Town Council 07-25-17: On a motion by Mr. James, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.
1. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mr. James, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant dated August 2, 2017 in the amount of $229,778.11.
1. Stephan Tranche-Montagne of Sanford and Cal Ackers of South Berwick were present to introduce themselves to the Council. They will be opening a new store on Main Street, Torched Smoke Supply. They will be dealing with smoking accessories and apparel. The Council welcomed them and thanked them for coming to the meeting.
Town Manager’s Report
Manager Perry Ellsworth is attending a conference; Chairman Abell gave a brief report as sent by email from the Manager:
-Staff is currently finalizing the FY 16/17 year-end in preparation for the audit, which should be done by October.
-Encourages everyone to provide feedback on proposed sites for the police station.
-Road work continues on schedule.
-We have applied for another crosswalk signal (like the one in front of Central School).
1. On a motion by Mr. James, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 6:30pm to receive input on the possibility of building the new police station adjacent to the Farmgate Condominiums on Route 236.
Mr. James made note that this hearing is specifically for input on the Farmgate site; it is not to compare Farmgate and Norton St. He explained that the residents of the Norton Street area were given the opportunity to speak regarding their neighborhood and the people of Farmgate and that surrounding area deserve the same. He went on to say that it would serve no purpose to allow additional comment on the Norton Street site because it has already been discussed at length. After a brief discussion, the other Councilors concurred.
1. On a motion by Mr. James, seconded by Mr. Chase, it was unanimously voted to waive a public hearing (as now allowed by law) and approve a new liquor license for Madison’s Café, LLC.
1. Mr. James:
-The women’s softball league championships start next week. He encouraged everyone to attend.
2. Mr. Kareckas:
-Made note of the passing of Dick Currier, former pharmacy owner.
3. Mrs. Leber:
-Stated that she will be screening her home phone calls more closely. She has noticed that a lot of calls are coming through with a 384 exchange, but are not from South Berwick. A brief discussion the onslaught of ROBO calls everyone is experiencing.
4. Mr. Abell:
-Commented on the passing of Dick Currier. He was a town staple and always had a smile ready.
On a motion by Mr. James, seconded by Mr. Chase, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:00pm.
Barbara Bennett, CCM