Town Council Minutes 09/24/2013
South Berwick Town Council
September 24, 2013
Chairman Gerald W. MacPherson, Sr. called the meeting to order at 6:30pm. 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 9-10-13: On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adopt the minutes as written.
Treasurer’s Warrant – Sept 24, 2013
On a motion by Mr. Abell, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to sign the warrant in the amount of $235,876.37.
Town Manager’s Report
-Reminded everyone of the Incident Command Training on October 9th.
-Trying to schedule a workshop date with the Building Committee; the first available date is October 23rd.
-Resurfacing work begins on the Brattle Street Bridge on Monday, September 30th. The State DOT plans on closing the bridge for 2 weeks.
-Announced that Roberta Orsini’s last day with the Town is Friday, September 27th. He thanked her for all she has done for the community. “She leaves a big hole.”
1. On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to authorize the Town Manager to sign the Purchase and Sale Agreement selling 3 lots (Tax Map 2, Lots 37, 39, and 39A, off York Woods Rd) to the Great Works Regional Land Trust.
2. The Council briefly discussed Eliot’s Clean Air Act Petition.
-Mrs. Demetracopoulos commented that the models should reflect live data and they do not.
-Mr. MacPherson commented that it is puzzling why we would want to weigh in since the Schiller Station is in compliance.
-Mr. Kareckas read an email response to his inquiry concerning Pierce Island. Lisa Landry of the NH Dept. of Environmental Services responded “In response to your question: “How often during the year is Pierce Island down-gradient, wind wise, from the Schiller Station?” we have evaluated the meteorological data recorded at Pierce Island air monitoring station for a 5-year period (2008-2012). Winds at that site are variable and originate from all directions.”
“We started with a straight line from the Schiller Station to the Pierce Island monitoring station. We then expanded out 10-15 degrees to each side of the line to estimate plume movement. The data indicates that wind blows from the Schiller Station toward the Pierce Island monitor approximately 8-15% of the time.”
-Mr. Abell stated that with the lack of convincing data, he is uncomfortable supporting either side.
On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to table action at this time on Eliot’s Clean Air Act Petition.
1. On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, it was unanimously voted to accept Rick Coughlin’s resignation from the Historic District Commission.
2. Emery’s Junkyard Permit: The Code Enforcement Officer has reported that they are in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.
On a motion by Mrs. Demetracopoulos, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to grant the Permit through September 30, 2014.
3. Lynch’s Junkyard Permit: The Code Enforcement Officer has reported that they are in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.
On a motion by Mr. Webster, seconded by Mr. Kareckas, it was unanimously voted to grant the Permit through September 30, 2014.
Council Member Comments
1. Mrs. Demetracopoulos:
-Asked if the information provided to Council about Comcast’s program to provide free internet access for families eligible for subsidized school lunches had been provided to the school district.
-Extended her best wishes to Roberta Orsini for a job well done in the past, and a job being well done going forward.
2. Mr. Webster:
-Commented that he was glad the road construction was coming to an end. His crosswalk concerns are being addressed.
-Thanked Jon St. Pierre for keeping all parties informed of upcoming and ongoing projects.
3. Mr. Kareckas:
-Made note of the change in name from Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission (SMRPC) to Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission (SMPDC).
4. Mr. Abell:
-Made note of the Annual Harvest Raiser on October 6th at the Old Fields Farm. The event raises funds to help support members of the community coping with serious health concerns.
-Thanked Roberta Orsini for her service and wished her the best of luck.
5. Mr. MacPherson:
-Commented on the Brattle Street Bridge Closure. The biggest disruption will be for the school buses.
-Expressed his best wishes to Roberta Orsini in her new position.
-Commented that the Memorial Bridge is up and closed.
On a motion by Mr. Kareckas, seconded by Mr. Webster, it was unanimously voted to adjourn the meeting at 7:00pm.
Barbara Bennett, CCM