Board of Selectmen Minutes

Meeting began at 6:00 pm.  Present were Selectmen Cloutier, Stohl and Campbell.

Mail was reviewed.

Checks and manifests were reviewed and signed.

On a motion made by Selectman Campbell and seconded by Selectman Stohl, the Board approved the minutes of the August 14, 2019 meeting.

The tax exempt application for the Great North Woods Center for the Arts was discussed.  Marcia was instructed to write to them explaining that we couldn’t act on it until we receive the rest of the requested information.

Marcia was instructed to send the letter to Charlie Jordan (GNWCA) which was signed by the Board earlier in the week.

A letter has been received from the Town of Stratford asking to perambulate the town line between Stratford and Columbia.  The Board instructed Marcia to send a letter to Stratford saying that we support the idea but that we will need to appropriate funds at the 2020 Town Meeting.  Also, Columbia will agree with either hiring Greg Ainsworth or putting it out for bids, whichever Stratford wants to do.

It was approved to put out for bid both the snowplowing of the town buildings and the pre-pay oil contract as in the past.  Marcia will take care of this.

Selectman Campbell reviewed for the rest of the Board members changes to the Dispatch Agreement which have been proposed.  Two of the agreements were approved and signed by the Board.  The other agreement will need some clarification before being approved.

A letter was received from Donohue, Tucker and Ciandella regarding the Fairpoint case.  They are suggesting that we wait on negotiations until the current Superior Court case is settled.

Another letter was received from Donohue, Tucker and Ciandella regarding doing a “group representation” in regards to establishing a “public rights-of-ordinance”.  After reviewing the letter and discussing it, the Board felt it might be a good idea and instructed Marcia to let them know that Columbia would like to be included.

At 6:36 pm, Town Treasurer Jennifer Wells, entered the meeting and gave the Board an update on monies currently available.  Mrs. Wells left the meeting at 6:45 pm.

The Board reviewed the MS-1 and the new utility assessments provided by George Sansoucy.

The Board reviewed revenue figures through June 30, 2019, and gave Marcia updated figures to use on the MS-535.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Marcia Parkhurst, Secretary

Board of Selectmen