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Selectmen

JBell09   RandyL13 Todd Sawyer 
John Bell  Randy Lessard, chairman  Todd Sawyer 

Chairman Randy Lessard (2023), John Bell (2021) & Todd Sawyer (2022)
Minutes from meetings prior to 2007 are on file at the town office.
(Minutes are not official until approved at the following meeting)

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WATERFORD SELECTMEN set the tax rate Aug. 26, 2019at 15.60 mills or $15.60 per $1,000 of valuation, up $.20 from last year. From left, Selectmen Todd Sawyer and John Bell, Town Clerk Brenda Bigonski and board Chairman Randy Lessard sign the tax committment.

2020 Minutes

2019 minutes

Selectmen’s Meeting
January 14, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Wyatt Andrews were present.

Tom Fillebrown requested an additional building to store TVs etc. at the transfer station. The board will meet at the station on Saturday January 19 to view the area for this building.

Deputy Becker received an invoice from Premier Recycling Equipment for a 40 yard Octagon Container to replace the present one that has a hole in it. She will call ABC Rubbish to see if the container has arrived.

CEO Bill Haynes discussed the generator at the municipal building that has failed several times during recent outages. Brad Grover and Adrien Morin have been maintaining the system and adding antifreeze when it needs to be replaced. There was discussion on repairs and perhaps looking at replacing with a larger capacity unit. The 17 KW diesel generator that is more than 20 years old doesn’t have that many operating hours on it but it won’t handle the whole building.

CEO Bill Haynes presented examples of signs that could be posted to divert large trucks from following their GPS directions in inclement weather. Yet another out-of-state tractor trailer jackknifed on Sweden Hill road forcing closure and detours. Bill will contact the state to determine if they would post warning signs.

Bill reminded the board that the deadline for reports and submissions for the annual Town Report is the end of January.

John Bell made the motion to accept the December 10 minutes with the additions that were noted. Wyatt seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board was given the proposed Ski Program waiver to view. John told the board that our lawyer will be drafting a generic one for all sports.

Road Commissioner Brad Grover discussed equipment issues he had during the recent storm when three trucks went down. Randy discussed with him the highway department budget. A meeting was set for Monday January 21 to go over the highway budget.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
January 28, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  John Bell was present. Wyatt Andrews was absent.

Parks Committee members Cindy Kimball, Jeff Harrington, Skip Green and Peg Nation attended the meeting to discuss the group’s future. It was learned that former Chairman Mary Ann Holme had resigned earlier in 2018 and others were considering it. Selectmen wondered in what direction members wanted to go. The Parks Committee expressed strong desire to keep going and selectmen were pleased to hear this.

Representing the transfer station, attendant Tom Fillebrown discussed a company called Mighty Flame that would dispose of small propane cylinders. He will contact them and bring information to the next meeting. Tom will ask the Bridgton Transfer Station manager to tour our transfer station for suggestions. The board thanked Tom Fillebrown for all his research on transfer station items.

Deputy Becker explained that the two outdated office computers needed replacing. The board gave approval to proceed to order them based on the $2,915 quote from Modem Wavs.

With the majority of the town crew present, resident Ray Merrill discussed snow plowing issues this season, such as “where to put all the piles so that mailboxes and visibility will not be affected.” Because of the amount of snow received thus far, a number of problems have popped up, including plowing snow across public highways. Randy suggested that a mailing go out to taxpayers explaining snow removal laws.

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
February 11, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Wyatt Andrews were present.

Wyatt made the motion to accept the January 14 minutes as written. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

 

Wyatt made the motion to accept the January 28 minutes with suggested changes by the board. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Bill brought from Town Clerk Brenda Bigonski a proposed “Ordinance Restricting Vehicle Weight on Posted Ways” as drafted by the Maine Municipal Association. According to MMA, the town can post road weight limits but cannot enforce without an ordinance approved by selectmen. After discussion, the board decided to table to the next meeting so proposed changes can be integrated. It was also pointed out that new legislation has been proposed that would affect road postings and a copy of the LD was circulated.

Randy presented to board members the 2019 budget expenses and revenue information along with the rate calculation. He went over several department budgets and explained overages. John made the motion to approve the 2019 budget at the same mill rate as last year - 15.40. Wyatt seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
February 25, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. John Bell was present.

Tom Fillebrown expressed concern on the fuel tank that feeds the trash compactor, noting that it was located in a tight and dark spot. The board agreed to set a date to check it out.

Town attorney David Kallin of DrummondWoodsum attended the meeting and discussed the proposed sale of two abutting properties (Map 2-12 and 9-6A) in the Chase Gate subdivision that require Selectmen’s approval. The board went into Executive Session at 6:45 p.m. under 1M.R.S.A. Section 405(6)(A) and returned to public session at 7 p.m. The board voted that Rex Rolfe must pay $5,000 from the sale’s proceeds in order to obtain Selectmen’s approval, per the last paragraph of the Sept. 15, 2016 stipulated consent agreement:

4. Notwithstanding, any after-the-fact subdivision approval obtained pursuant to Paragraph 2. Defendants, but not Parties-in-Interest, are enjoined from the transfer of any portion of the Property, or an interested therein, until such time that the Payment obligations in Paragraph 3 are satisfied in full, or unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Town.

David Kallin also discussed with the board a tree growth penalty that the town has been dealing with for the past year. After much discussion, John Bell made the motion that the landowner be charged the full penalty. Randy seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.

John made the motion to approve the February 11 minutes as written. Randy seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
March 11, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Todd presented stationary solar powered speed sign research, which the board discussed along with placement. The board will reach out to the public for suggestions on location and quantity.

The board discussed Denny Raymond’s letter seeking help regarding engine break noise as trucks descend Valley Road toward the Waterford Road intersection. He requested a sign. Todd will write to Denny about the situation.

A public hearing on a proposed road posting ordinance was rescheduled from the March 11 meeting to March 25 to allow for notification and public posting as required by statute. The road ordinance will allow for enforcement on posted roads.

The town’s Morgan Stanley investment account has to be moved by the end of the March because of federal regulatory changes affecting municipal investments. Randy explained his research for the next investment company and recommended Fidelity. Randy made the motion to transfer funds from Morgan Stanley to Fidelity. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Randy will contact Fidelity.

The annual election of a board chairman was held. John made the motion that Randy remain as chairman. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.

John made the motion to accept the March 11 minutes with corrections as suggested. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board went into Executive Session for personnel matters per 1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(A) at 7:55 p.m. and returned to the public meeting at 9:30 p.m. No public vote was taken.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
March 25, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

The meeting opened with a “Public Hearing” for road posting. The accompanying sign reads as follows: “No vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 23,000 lbs. shall be permitted upon any highway or road when said highway or road is posted by the Selectmen of the Town of Waterford. Any person violating the aforesaid ordinance shall be fined a sum not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000). John made the motion to accept the ordinance. Todd seconded it. Motion carried 3-0.

John Bell told the board of the research he has done on radar signs. Randy agreed with John to purchase another one of the same kind that the town purchased last year. Further discussion will take place at the April 8 board meeting.

The board looked over the list of candidate appointments for the town. John made the motion to accept the list as written. Todd seconded. Carried 3-0.
 
Todd made the motion to accept the March 11 minutes with the change that the board suggested. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

A quit claim deed for Rex Rolfe was signed by the board to release the liens from the town on this property so the land could be sold.  This property was in the estate of Edwin Rolfe.

The board discussed purchasing 2 AEDs. One will be kept at the town office and one will be with the Sports and Recreation director.

Toby Whitman attended the meeting and discussed mowing bids. Todd will work on the bid notice that will go into the newspapers.

Bill told the board that Harry & Meghan Nyberg, owner of the Bear Paw property on Route 118, and Western Maine Land Trust are not in agreement on a purchase price for the land. The Nybergs are asking $150,000. Lee Dassler said the land trust would pay the appraised value of $65,000 and would like to clean up the 12 acres adjacent to the Crooked River.

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
April 8, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Several members from the community attended the meeting to discuss the traffic/radar sign. John explained that the board would like to purchase two more radar signs to be placed on either end of Waterford Road, near town beach and Rice Road. The mobile radar sign would be moved to different locations. Those in attendance seemed pleased with the idea.

Keoka Lake Association President Charlie Tarbell updated the board on his continuing efforts on behalf of the town regarding the boat launch at Keoka Lake. He reported that the paperwork has been completed on a 30-year lease between the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands and the Town of Waterford.

John made the motion for the town to purchase a 2012 International 7600 truck for the price of $80,000 from Clark’s Truck Center, Jericho, Vermont. Randy seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board discussed the bid packages that Todd presented to them. These mowing bids were three separate ones, Cemeteries, Parks/Municipal Building and Sandlot. The notice will be placed in the papers Tuesday, April 9.

Randy made the motion to charge Amy Hockendoner (Raven Shine), Map 4 Lot 3C, a Supplemental Assessment of Tree Growth Penalty in the amount of $23, 871.00. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board made the decision to give the Rex Richardson (M25L03) and Clifford Everett (M6L04) properties to Janet Truman, Mahoosuc Realty.
These properties are in foreclosure.

Meeting adjourned 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen Meeting
April 22, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Beverly Hendricks and Lucia Owen asked selectmen if they could hold off mowing the transfer station field until October 7 to protect the butterflies. The board agreed to the request and Beverly will make a sign to post there.

Janet Truman came to the meeting to discuss two newly foreclosed properties. Janet explained that research on the Map 6 Lot 4 property abutters would be less expensive if the board did it rather than if she did. Janet will attend the May 13 board meeting with a contract for the board to sign for the property on Map 25 Lot 3.

John made the motion to accept the April 8 minutes with the changes from the board. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. The March 25 minutes were tabled till the May 13 meeting.

The board discussed the foreclosed property at Map 64 Lot 35. Todd made the motion to have our attorney review the situation and recommend how to proceed. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board received an April 17 letter from Morgan Stanley explaining the deadline for the town to transfer their investment funds. Randy told the board he is working on the transfer to Fidelity.

Tom Fillebrown told the board that he has learned that e-waste Recycling is going out of business. He will research other towns to see what they are doing with their electronic wastes.

Toby Whitman shares costs on mowing equipment the board asked him to research.

Albert Heath attended the meeting to tell the board that will be retiring May 30. The board wished him well.

Meeting adjourned 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen's Meeting
May 6, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the special meeting to open mowing bids to order at 6:37 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Northeast Property Maintenance of Waterford and CT’s Landscaping & Earthworks, LLC of Mechanic Falls submitted bids for the 3-year contracts. Selectmen disqualified CT’s Landscaping bid for failure to meet the insurance requirement. Todd made the motion to accept the bid from Northeast Property Maintenance as a 3-year bid for all the locations. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Todd will type the contract for the May 13 meeting.

Mowing

2019

2020

2021

Cemeteries

$9,490

$9,590

$9,690

Parks/Municipal Complex

$1,475

$1,550

$1,625

Sandlot

$3,490

$3,590

$3,690

John made the motion to hire Rebecca Jane Andrews as General Assistance Administrator. Todd seconded the motion. The pay rate will be as budgeted. Motion carried 3-0.

Meeting adjourned 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
May 13, 2019

Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

The board signed a liquor license renewal for Bear Mountain Inn.

Janet Truman of Mahoosuc Realty presented to the board her Exclusive Right to Sell for 52 Mill Hill Road. After some discussion, Todd made the motion to list the foreclosed property for $15,000. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. Janet told the board she had two interested parties.

Deputy Becker presented KMK Electric’s estimate to map the electrical circuits in the municipal building. The board gave permission to have KMK do the work.

Brad spoke to the board on the repairs that were needed on the town loader. Various options were weighed. John made the motion to allow Nortrax do the repairs for up to $30,000. Todd seconded the motion.

John made the motion to accept the March 25 minutes with the changes the board requested. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Todd made the motion to accept the April 22 and the May 6 minutes as written. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board signed the mowing bids between the town and Northeast Property Maintenance for the 2019, 2020 & 2021 seasons.

The board also signed an abatement, the 2018 draft letter for town auditor RHR Smith and the SAD 17 school board warrant.

The board went into Executive Session for 1M.R.S.A. 405(6)(A) and returned to public meeting at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
May 28, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Janet Truman, of Mahoosuc Realty discussed the bid offer for 52 Mill Hill Road. Jeff Ward of Waterford was awarded the bid for the price of $13,000. This amount includes back taxes.

The board signed a liquor license for the Waterford World’s Fair.

The board gave permission for KMK Electric LLC to continue researching and diagraming the current load connected to the generator.

John made the motion to accept the May 13 minutes with changes from the board. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Randy made the motion to have returnable bottles at the Transfer Station placed in a bin to support the Sports and Recreation program to benefit the youth and senior program in the town. This motion is effective May 29, 2019. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0. A letter was written by Chairman Lessard to be given to the three employees at the Transfer Station.

The board went into executive session at 7:45 p.m. on a personnel matter. They came out of executive session at  8:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
June 10, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Phil Allen, our new agent from Chalmers Insurance, presented a summary of our current insurance coverage. The board was impressed with the report he shared and asked if he would conduct a current evaluation of the town’s property and equipment. Deputy Becker will arrange a meeting with Road Commissioner Brad Grover and Fire Chief Adrien Morin to look at fire apparatus as well as the transfer station, town garage and the Sandlot complex.

Todd made motion to accept the May 28 minutes with changes and John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board opened the two bids received for the foreclosed Clifford Everett property on Annis Road, Map 6 Lot 4. John made the motion to waive the formality of a check enclosed and to accept the $1,000 bid from Davis Kimball because this bid covered the past taxes due on this account. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Asa Taylor attended the meeting to discuss the recyclable bottles at the Transfer Station. The board voted May 28 that the Sports and Recreation program would receive all proceeds from recyclable bottles at the station and that any that came in mixed with other recyclables shall not be sorted and go directing into the compactor. Selectmen also directed that the barrels people used to dump bottles in be removed. Sports and Recreation will be provide a bottle receptacle in the near future.

Tom Fillebrown reported that the fluorescent light bulbs need to be reorganized in the hazardous waste building. The board will be meeting at the Transfer Station on Saturday, June 15 to view the situation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. The board went into Executive Session at 8:04 p.m. under 1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(A) to discuss the appointment of a new public works director. They came out of Executive Session at 8:35 p.m. Randy nominated Todd Sawyer as Interim Public Works Director. John seconded the motion. Motion carried as 2-0-1 with Todd abstaining.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
July 8, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Alden Emerson from ABC Rubbish discussed providing a container at the transfer station to hold community-donated recycling bottles for Sports and Recreation at a cost of $500. John made the motion to buy that container for Sports and Recreation for $500 and sell two older containers for $1,000 each. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board discussed that the report that the trash compactor is wearing out and will need to be replaced at some point. Alden will provide the board a quote for a new one.

Janet Truman of Mahoosuc Realty told the board that the sale of the foreclosed property at 52 Mill Hill Road is currently on hold because of title questions. Jeff Ward of Waterford, who was high bidder, to purchase this property but has agreed to extend his offer until August 23.

The board signed a tax abatement.

Randy made a motion to accept the June 24 minutes with changes. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker
Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
July 22, 2019

Todd Sawyer called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m. John Bell was present and Randy Lessard joined the meeting later in the evening.

Paving bids were opened and acted on once Randy Lessard arrived at the meeting. They were as follows:

  • Pike Industries Inc. $340,231.50
  • All State Asphalt, Inc. $390,468.70

John made the motion to accept the bid from Pike Industries in the amount of $340,231.50. Randy seconded the motion. Todd abstained from the vote. Motion carried 2-0. The following roads are planned to be paved this year, weather permitting : Mill Hill, Baker Hill, Passaconaway, Johnson, Blackguard and Brown Hill.

Ryan and Elizabeth Jacobson came to the board meeting requesting an ordinance change limiting the length of docks. They spoke of neighbor James and Diane Flynn’s dock on Keoka Lake that causes lost visibility and possibly diminishes the value of their camp. Several neighbors also attended the meeting. The Flynns explained that their 100-plus-foot dock was necessary to reach a depth adequate for their boat because of the shallow cove.  CEO Bill Haynes explained that the process to amend ordinances begins with the planning board. Any proposed changes require selectmen approval to be placed on the town meeting warrant and a public hearing is required. Because docks are temporary structures that must be removed by Nov. 1 each year, they are not grandfathered. The Planning Board will discuss in the future.

Alden Emerson from ABC Rubbish brought container quotes to the board. A 40-yard Octagon Compactor container cost $8,150. A Marathon RJ 450 4-yard stationary compactor with ram guide system and remote control cost $18,642. John made the motion to approve the 40-yard Octagon at $8150. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.

Todd told the board that the town rented a screen to reprocess last year’s winter sand pile to remove oversize rocks. The cost of this screen is $1,800 per week. The screening needed to be done before new sand could be brought in.

Todd told the board that the public works employee ad went into the paper and the web as well as on the sign at the municipal building.

Cemetery sexton Bill Haynes requested that selectmen weigh in on flying flags at two cemeteries and Werner Park. A flagpole at Bisbeetown Cemetery rusted, fell over and has been removed. A request has been made to replace it. There is also a flagpole at Woodlawn Cemetery, which has been flying a tattered and weather-worn flag that has been removed. Bill pointed out that federal statutes require that flags be lit at night and lowered to half-staff when so ordered. The self-contained flagpole at Werner Park needs a new lanyard installed, which would require a bucket truck. Todd made the motion to not fly any flags at the cemeteries or parks until such time volunteers are found to maintain them. John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Todd made the motion to accept the July 8 minutes as written. Randy seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen Meeting
August 26, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:36 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

The board signed a quitclaim deed for Davis Kimball, who purchased the tax-acquired Clifford Everett property (Map 6 and Lot 4).

Todd made the motion to accept the August 12 minutes and Randy seconded the minutes. Motion carried 3-0.

Selectmen unanimously approved $420 to add the Moses Interface package for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to TRIO. This will allow licenses and registrations to be sold through Maine Online Sportsman’s Electronic System.

Deputy Becker brought a letter to the board from a citizen asking if he could use a metal detector at the town common or any other town properties. The board unanimously rejected the request.

The board discussed the proposed mill rate increase from 15.40 to 15.60 per $1,000 of valuation. John made the motion to accept the new rate of 15.60. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Lee Dassler, executive director of Western Foothills Land Trust, presented a Hawk Mountain trail map. There was also considerable discussion on whether vehicle traffic should be restricted up the town right-of-way. No decision was made.

Meeting adjourned 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
September 9, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Terry and Harriet Thoms of Northview Drive (Map 9 Lot 6A) were present to ask the board to somehow limit traffic on the Hawk Mountain Road. Northview and Hawk Mt. roads intersect near Bog Pond, where they are building a home. The Thoms said vehicles speed through there all hours of the day and night. The board explained the procedure to close or discontinue a road but may try to solve the problem with signs. More research will be done.

Philip Allen from Chalmers Insurance went over current insurance coverage after visiting several of the town properties. He recommended increasing coverage. The board asked him to look at increasing our coverage while keeping premiums the same. In addition to buildings, the board also went over trucks and other equipment with Phil.

Lee Dassler, executive director of Western Foothills Land Trust, went over Hawk Mountain trails and discussed vehicle traffic. Lee said there is a walk scheduled up Hawk Mountain on Saturday, September 21. She will return to the September 23 board meeting.

The board signed a contract with AGK Construction of Waterford to repair the town garage roof for $900.

Meeting Adjourned 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
September 23, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Lee Dassler, Executive Director of the Western Foothills Land Trust, attended the meeting to discuss Hawk Mountain, proposed trails and the parking lot under construction. Regarding vehicular access to the town’s land, Todd told the board that a gate installed deep into the ground could slow traffic. He suggested using a drill rig to put the pipes with locks into the ground. There was much discussion on traffic and signage on Hawk Mountain. Todd will check prices of the gates. There was no resolution and the discussion will continue.

Chris Purdy of 28 Purdy Drive discussed repair of Purdy Bridge, a town-owned bridge and his family’s main route to their home. His alternate route is blocked by Tom Chadbourne’s property. Todd read Chris Purdy’s deed to the board. Todd will research costs of replacing the bridge. Randy suggested to Chris to be cautious about allowing log trucks on the bridge and to have the bridge posted for limited weight. The town plows to the south end of that bridge.

The board was given a letter from Charlie Tarbell thanking Jeff Ward for his work at the Town Beach installing the new boat ramp. Jeff donated his equipment and time on Sept. 13 and 14 removing the old interlocking blocks, prepping the site, digging a plunge pool and installing the 40 12-foot concrete pavers. Randy will write a letter from the board and also make a public announcement at town meeting.

Todd made the motion to accept the August 26 and September 9 minutes and John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Margaret Nation wrote a letter to the board expressing concern over timber harvesting and the related noise on Passaconaway Road. Bill Haynes will respond to her on behalf of the board.

John Martin told the board he will be conducting mandatory training for our three new public works department hires along with providing refresher training for the transfer station employees. Areas covered include the town’s Emergency Action Plan, fire extinguishers, exposure control (bloodborne pathogens), the lockout/tagout program, confined space, hazard assessment, hazard communication, hazmat awareness, Personal Protective Equipment, hearing protection, traffic control and trenching and excavation.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
October 15, 2019

Selectmen Todd Sawyer called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. John Bell was also present.

John made the motion to accept the September 23 minutes. Todd seconded the motion. Motion carried 2-0.

Janet Truman attended the meeting to discuss the foreclosed 52 Mill Hill property. Janet said that Attorney Bruce Rood advised that the town is not responsible to clear titles and the sale would contain a “buyer beware” warning. It will be up to the buyer to clear the title. Jeff Ward had been awarded the bid but lowered it from $13,000 to $10,000 to cover the cost of clearing the title. The board signed the contract from Janet Truman for $10,000.

Ben Calileo from the town public works department discussed his spending concerns. Todd reassured him that he could contact any board member if he had any questions.

The board signed abatements from Town Clerk Brenda Bigonski. They also signed an application for a holding tank on Bear Pond.

The meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
October 28, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were also in attendance.

John made the motion to accept the October 15 minutes as written and Todd seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.

Ordinance Discussion, Docks
Colin Holm (chair) and Charlie Tarbell (secretary) of the planning board met with Selectmen to discuss the potential of working on an ordinance to address dock permitting standards in Waterford.

Colin and Charlie informed the Selectmen that after careful discussions, the Planning Board had come up with three options.

  • Option 1 - Leave things as they are.
  • Option 2 - Develop a list of informal recommendations to become part of the permitting process.
  • Option 3 - Develop language for a proposed Ordinance.

Selectmen asked about public feedback regarding a proposed ordinance. Colin and Charlie indicated that public reaction was split. Selectmen asked about the planning board's consensus regarding the options and Colin and Charlie indicated that their reaction was also split. Like the public and the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen was also split on the best course of action.
Option 1 was not favored. Most members of the Board of Selectmen felt that it would have been nice if the two parties involved in the Keoka dock issue could have worked out an amiable solution. However, it was also clear that the issue had highlighted a weakness with the current controls and that other issues could be expected at some point in the future with other owners on the various ponds and lakes.
Option 2 was not favored as it was generally considered to be ineffective in addressing the current issue, nor would it address any future issues that might arise.

Option 3 was agreed to be the best option as all three Selectmen felt that when consensus is not clear (Public, Planning Board, Selectmen) that it was likely best to give the voters a chance to debate and vote on the issue. The vote was 3-0 in favor of Option 3.

Public Works employee Ben Calileo told the board that Bancroft Contracting felt that Back Street Bridge should not have heavy loads pass over it. The board asked Ben to contact the office to order bridge weight limit signs.

Plowing at the Transfer Station was discussed. Todd explained that he is working on bids for plowing the Transfer Station, Purdy Drive, Durant Drive, etc.

Tom Fillebrown brought up the idea of changing the compactors from gas to propane and the board agreed that might be a good idea.

Meeting adjourned 8:20 p.m. The board went into Executive Session for 1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(A). Out of executive session 9:15 p.m. No action was taken.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
November 25, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Todd Sawyer explained that the Town of Lovell would be borrowing Waterford’s 1995 International truck while one of their plow trucks is being repaired. Todd said Lovell would return the favor if we found ourselves in a similar situation. This truck is considered a low dollar value spare.

Sports and Recreation Director Jasmine Merrill discussed the recently acquired third camera that has been installed at the Sandlot. Jasmine said the problem thus far has been with the inability to read license plates on vehicles, which is why she requested the additional camera with a higher resolution. The board will continue the discussion at the Dec. 9 meeting.

Waterford Library President Gerry O’Donnell and several board members expressed concerns about parking on both sides of the road in front of the library and requested that the town wing back the snow banks as far as possible. Todd explained that the plow trucks cannot leave the right-of-way but will push the snow to the furthest extent possible to aid in the library’s parking.. Gerry said she will speak to the library’s private plowing contractor and ask for his help on this issue as well.

Todd made the motion to accept the October 28 minutes as corrected and John seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

Meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
December 2, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the special meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Two bids were received for the two 3-year plowing and sanding bids.

F&M Excavation bid on the NORTH:

Dec. 2, 2019-April 15, 2020

$27,000

Nov. 15, 2020-April 15, 2021

$29,700

Nov. 15, 2021-April 15, 2022

$32,600

Wilson Excavating bid on the SOUTH:

Dec. 2, 2019-April 15, 2020

$25,300

Nov. 15, 2020-April 15, 2021

$27,300

Nov. 15, 2021-April 15, 2022

$29,300

Randy told the board that the bids were both over budget and the board agreed to negotiate with the two bidders as spelled out in the terms of the bid.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Selectmen’s Meeting
December 9, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

Ray Fox from F&M Excavation was present to discuss winter plowing with the board. He told the board they would plow/sand (no wing/push back) for $350 per plowing at the Transfer Station and would consider $7,000 for the season. Ray confirmed this was acceptable on Dec. 10 in a phone call to Todd.

Mile Millett and Ben Calileo told the board that the 2015 one ton was back at Morrison Sylvester in Auburn and their assessment is that it needs a replacement transfer case costing $13,000. The highway crew feels it is a front end problem. The truck will be brought back to the garage for further evaluation.

Jasmine Merrill, Sports and Recreation Director discussed with the board a project she would like to do with 4H. She told the board that she needed to obtain a separate Federal I.D. number for her project that would not involve the town. Todd asked Jasmine about liability insurance. Jasmine will call 4H to ask if they
insure the children who participate.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Board went into Executive Session 7:16 p.m. for 1 M.R.S.A. 405(6)(A) and out 7:50 p.m. Board went back into Executive Session 7:51 p.m. and came out at 9:15 p.m.

The board unanimously accepted the following:

F&M will plow Durant, Higgins and Purdy by the hour/cubic yard until the Terrastar is repaired ($75/hr & $50/yard for sand).

Wilson Excavation will plow Saddlebrook, Cross, Park and Back streets by the hour/cubic yard at the same rate until the Terrastar is repaired.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant

Selectmen’s Meeting
December 23, 2019

Chairman Randy Lessard called the meeting to order at 6:30 a.m. John Bell and Todd Sawyer were present.

John made the motion to accept the November 25 and the December 9 minutes with the necessary corrections. Randy seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.

The board discussed budget costs.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Elizabeth A. Becker, Administrative Assistant