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Town Council Minutes 09/09/2014


South Berwick Town Council
September 9, 2014


Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 7:09pm.  Councilors present included Jean Demetracopoulos, David H. Webster, John C. Kareckas, and Russell H. Abell.  Town Manager Perry Ellsworth was also in attendance.

Approval of Minutes

1. Council 08-26-14:  On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.

Treasurer’s Warrant

1. On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to sign the September 4, 2014 warrant in the amount of $716,447.36.

Public Comment

None

Town Manager’s Report

-The Shorey’s Brook Bridge will be closed from September 22nd to October 4th.  Appropriate signage will be used in several locations.
-Reminded Jerry & Jean that they had a school board collaboration meeting at 8am on Wednesday in Eliot.  
-Avesta project is going well.  Bid documents were released yesterday and are due back September 29th.  We expect to line up the loans in October with a November 4th closing date.  September 1, 2015 is the tentative completion date.  The highway crew did a great job installing the drainage soil in the parking area.
-Made note of the nice newspaper article about Mr. Webster’s contribution to the Community Chorus.
-The Seacoast Energy Initiative projects are going well.

New Business

1. On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to appoint Town Manager Perry Ellsworth as the voting delegate for the Maine Municipal Association Annual Meeting.

Council Member Comments

1. Mrs. Demetracopoulos:
-Asked if all of the road projects, other than Shorey’s Bridge, were done for the season.  Mr. Ellsworth stated that there are still some small projects to finish.

2. Mr. Webster:
-Thanked the Manager for his kind words.
-Commented that it was a nice experience to sing in the chorus at the Sarah Orne Jewett House celebrating the Town’s 200th anniversary.
-The Pumpkinman Triathlon was well run and well attended.

3. Mr. Kareckas:
-Thanked the Donatellos for running a great race event.
-Stated that BREX and the MDOT did a great job on the Shorey’s Brook culvert.

4. Mr. Abell:
-Asked if there had been any additional talks regarding an additional police officer.  Mr. Ellsworth stated that he intends to talk with the Chief & Lieutenant at the beginning of the budget process.



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5. Mr. MacPherson:
-Stated that the Brattle Street Bridge was done in 2 days.
-Commented that after the trees had been cut for the transmission line, the debris and wood chips were just left in piles along Route 236.  It is unsightly.

Adjournment

On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:34pm.


Attested:



Barbara Bennett, CCM