Board of Selectmen's Meeting / March 10, 2008

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Board of Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 10, 2008
Islesford Neighborhood House


Dan Lief, BOS Chair
Aaron Gray, BOS
Richard Beal, BOS
Eric Dyer, Facilities Supervisor
Denise McCormick, Town Clerk
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
Malcolm Donald, MAC
Amanda Ravenhill, Island Institute
Karin Whitney
Phil Whitney

I. Call to Order: 2:15 P.M. by Selectman Dan Lief.
II. Review / Approval March 4th Minutes
Minutes were not yet available for this meeting, to
be discussed at the next BOS Meeting.

III. Review / Approval Financial Warrants

No financial warrants were signed at this meeting.

IV. New Business

A. Election, Chairman of the Board
Aaron Gray nominates Dan Lief as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Dan Lief accepts the nomination. Richard Beal seconds the motion. Motion passes.

B. Revised Parking Letter & Policy
Selectman Lief recommends no changes to the current parking letter for this year. The Parking Committee has some suggestions about changes they would like to see with the letter and rules. Some of the suggested changes discussed by the Parking Committee are:
• Year to year switching of Lots should be minimized to keep stability in the process, (between Manset and N.E. Harbor).
• Sharing of spaces (for Residents who are not at the islands all summer) should be encouraged.
• The points system is working ok and should be left alone for now.
The application deadline should be made abundantly clear, (Bold and Underlined)
• Parking fees to be increased to reflect inflation
• The parking letter to address chronic issues with renters, space stealing, and other ills of the system
• Second parking spaces to require a separate application; and would only be granted after every applicant has received a parking space, and parking lot preference would not be considered
• It is the landlord’s responsibility to apply and pay for a parking space if he/she wishes to provide parking to renters, (stickers would be required to be displayed)
• Boat trailers and RV’s would not be allowed in any TCI parking facility.
• Clarify one space per household rule
• A major focus on enforcement at the Manset and Joy Lots, (Northeast Harbor Lot is owned by the Town of Mount Desert and strictly enforced by the Mount Desert Police)
• There are 123 parking spaces in the N.E. Harbor Lot. Each household that applies for N.E. Harbor would receive only one space in that lot.
Dan Lief moves that, going forward from this year, residents would stay in the same parking lot for three years before moving to another lot. Aaron Gray seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Richard Beal. Motion passes.
A proposal for enforcement is expected to be discussed at the next Board meeting. The Selectmen propose to approve the parking letter at the next Board meeting as well. Phil Whitney suggests publicly posting parking assignment lists when completed.
V. Other Business
• The Facilities Supervisor is authorized to purchase Adobe Software which will allow for universal file format for all interested users.
• Article 31 on the Town Meeting warrant was voted yes to authorize the establishment of a transportation committee for a period of one year. The committee will consist of the three Selectmen, five (as amended) registered TCI Residents appointed by the Selectmen, and two seasonal Residents appointed by the Selectmen. Katie Fernald, Barb Meyers, and Bill Dowling are interested in serving on the committee. Phil Whitney suggests that Mr. Pagels be invited to the meetings on transportation. Richard Beal offers to send letters inviting people to the attend the transportation committee meetings.
• It is reported that some Redzone subscribers have been having difficulty with calls being returned to them from Redzone Wireless. Selectman Lief will contact Redzone.
• Selectman Beal suggests that in next year’s town report, that the Town Clerk’s Report includes names of newborns and parents, as well as names of those who married, and those deceased.
• Dan Lief moves for the Board of Selectmen to unanimously agree to ask the Island Institute for a new Fellow at the end of Amanda Ravenhill’s current Fellowship. Richard Beal seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Aaron Gray. Motion passes.
• Selectman Lief expresses his appreciativeness that voters passed the Green Initiative Articles on the town meeting warrant. Cynthia Lief is working on a project proposal which would bring a specialist out of Rockland who is willing to do a workshop on energy audits, and possibly free audits on schools, Ladies Aid Building, and the Neighborhood House. Jeff Cramer of Islesford is working on a project proposal for a feasibility study on renewable energies.
• Selectman Beal reports that Rodney Wimer has resigned as Harbormaster for Great Cranberry Island. The Deputy Clerk is asked to pass this information on to the Harbor Committee.

VI. Audience Communications

• TCI Health Officer Wanda Porter reports that the Sea Coast Mission has responded to a recent citizens’ letter requesting help for elderly health care. Donna Weigel is the liaison between the Sea Coast Mission and the islands. Selectman Lief announces that clearly there is support from the Board of Selectmen for this endeavor, and specific needs should be requested from the Board. Mr. Lief volunteers to call Sea Coast Mission Director Gary Delong.

VII. Adjournment: 3:42 P.M.

Dan Lief moves to adjourn the meeting. Aaron Gray seconds the motion, with a unanimous vote by Selectman Beal. Motion passes.

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