Board of Selectmen’s Workshop / Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Islesford Neighborhood House

I. Call to Order: 9:00 A.M. by Chairman Dan Lief.

II. Review / Approval March 4th and 10th Minutes

Postponed until the April Board of Selectmen’s Meeting.

III. Review / Signing Financial Warrants

Warrant # 12: $ 6389.05
Warrant # 13: $ 5947.20

Total: $ 12336.25

*Currently, the Deputy Clerk is working on a book of Policies, Procedures, and Rules for

operation of town government. Eric Dyer will develop procedures for the use of the new

mp3 recorder for filing in the town office of all meetings.

*Town reports were mailed to all taxpayers who did not receive them already.

IV. Old Business

A. Parking Letters, Application, and Policy

The Parking Committee has been working on refining the parking letter and application with the Board of Selectmen. A draft of the final document is presented to the Board at today’s meeting. A new three-year restriction has been placed on switching of lots between Northeast Harbor and Manset lots. This is to deter year-to-year displacement of residents. The point system makes it possible for year-round residents to secure parking.

The Northeast Harbor lot lease has increased from $33,624.00 in 2007, to $34,700.00 for the 2008 season. There are 261 spaces available in the N.E. Harbor lot. Parking spaces in both the Manset and Northeast Harbor lots will cost $265.00 each for 2008. The application deadline is to be postmarked no later than April 15, 2008 for consideration. One spot per household unit will be assigned, and second spaces are not given out until all residents have received the first parking space. There may be exceptions to this rule which will be determined by the Parking Committee. Signs are to be posted for Manset overnight parking spaces to be easily identified. As in the past, the Manset overnight parking spaces may be reserved by contacting the town office. Overnight parking in the Northeast Harbor lot is still handled by the Mount Desert Police. Chairman Dan Lief and Facilities Supervisor Eric Dyer sign the parking letter.

Selectman Gray has been in contact with the Southwest Harbor Police in regard to the possibility of policing the Manset Parking Lot on a daily basis. The Selectmen are waiting for a response to this request.

In the event that a resident’s space is taken by another car, under no circumstances should another resident’s space be used. If the resident’s space is taken, the resident should park by the office door of the Manset warehouse, and contact the town office immediately for resolve of the situation.

B. TCI Transportation Committee

The Transportation Committee appointments are expected to be finalized at the April Board of Selectmen’s Meeting. Selectman Lief passes out some early notes on the process and a list of individuals who have expressed an interest in serving on the committee. Alyson Mayo will be working with the committee taking a leadership role and Eric Dyer will also offer his assistance. Committee Members will consist of the Board of Selectmen, five voter registered residents, and two seasonal residents of the Town. The committee will be expected to prepare a Transportation Plan to be brought to the 2009 Town Meeting for approval. It is suggested by the Selectmen that plan(s) should be ready in 2008 before the budget process begins. Others who are interested in working with the committee will be accepted for help.

Some of the needs that will need to be addressed include thoughts from residents on all the islands, and thoughts on future development (attracting residents), as well as thoughts from residents who would maybe like to see the boat schedule remain the way it is. Some ideas for gathering input from the community are as follows:

· A homemade ice cream social with community conversations

· A questionnaire with personal meetings at the islands, with the questionnaire also mailed to the summer residents

· Publicized public hearings

· Personal invitations to speak on ideas regarding transportation

· Work with the Hancock County Planning Commission as facilitators for the process

Alyson Mayo will work up a timeline for the process, and Eric Dyer will map out the order for the community information gathering process. April 15 through June 01, 2008 is set for the time for information gathering.

V. Other Business

· The Cranberry Isles Sustainability Group is expected to appoint a board of directors. This item will come up on the agenda for the May Board of Selectmen’s Meeting.

· Jeff Cramer is expected to present a project for consideration under the recently voted funds for the promotion of renewable energy feasibility studies. The project would study alternative energy resources at the rate of $15.00 per hour for Mr. Cramer. Costs for the project have been estimated at between $3000.00 and $5000.00. An eight page report has been written by Jeff Cramer and is expected to be consolidated into a one page report for consideration by the Board for funding.

· A special town meeting is tentatively scheduled for May. This town meeting is to address various modifications to the budget before the tax commitment

letter is sent to the tax assessor.

VI. Adjournment

The workshop ended at 11:21 A.M.

The next regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen’s Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Islesford.

Please note: The public is encouraged to attend.

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