The Brooklin Town Office

Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Present: Deborah Brewster, Bill Cohen, Laura Sherman, Valerie Messana (Administrative Assistant)

Meeting was called to order by Cohen at 4:10 p.m.

  1. Minutes of the October 2, 2018 meeting were approved and posted on October 9, 2018.
  2. Cohen gave an update of the IT operations at the Town Office. All computers in the Town Office are protected now. Cohen is researching Kaspersky for price quotes, in order to upgrade the protection.
  3. The request regarding shrubs along the cemetery fence at the Brooklin Cemetery has been passed on to the Cemetery Association, and they will follow through on this.
  4. a.) A report was given by Cohen of the upcoming Broadband Committee meeting. He will compile a packet of information for Committee members. b.) There is a meeting scheduled for November 29, 2018 for Brooklin and Sedgwick to meet with representatives from a potential broadband vendor. This meeting will be to discuss potential funding.
  5. Brewster reported, after a recent meeting with First Advisors, that there are no changes from last year recommended.
  6. An update on the MDOT contract was given by Brewster. There have been a few minimal changes to the “language” of the contract.
  7. Sherman reported on upcoming changes to the Town of Brooklin’s website. Greg Summers is working to move everything to Square Space. Among the items the Selectboard would like to have included on the updated website are the publication of upcoming meeting agendas, a Calendar, and a message board.
  8. Brewster reported on a No Smoking proposal that Healthy Acadia has presented for the town’s endorsement. They are looking for towns to make a policy to be smoke-free in public areas. A discussion followed as to feelings on this proposal. Board members felt that they are not ready to make such a decision at this time.
  9. There will be a meeting on November 29, 2018 with Sedgwick and Brooksville re: PERC. A representative from PERC will be at the meeting. Board members need to compile a list of questions for the meeting.
  10. A meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 to begin developing next year’s municipal budget.
  11. Cohen reported on the possibility of the purchase of a laptop computer for the Town Office and presented a quote from CTI Communications. The Board voted to approve the purchase: Aye-3, Nay-0
  12. Other items discussed were the following: A follow-up was given on the possibility of Brooklin receiving one of the new speed signs recently offered. Provided the terms and conditions are completed, Brooklin will definitely be receiving one of the signs. Sherman reported that the Flye Point speed limit sign is up. The Board accepted the resignation of Valerie Messana, and thanked her for her work as Deputy Clerk, Administrative Assistant, and Registrar of Voters. Her resignation is effective as of November 15, 2018.
  13. Treasurer's Report
    • October 2, 2018:
         Receipts: $10,441.86
         Warrants:
           Town: $28,114.19
           School: $164,848.21
           Payroll: $11,239.81
           Total: $204,202.21
    • October 9, 2018:
         Receipts: $44,129.68
         Warrants:
           Town: $10,706.48
           School:
           Payroll:
           Total: $10,706.48
    • October 16, 2018:
         Receipts: $19,257.56
           Town: $5,985.78
           School: $65,890.73
           Payroll: $1,478.69
           Total: $73,355.20
    • October 23, 2018:
         Receipts: $9,477.14
           Town: $6,374.98
           School:
           Payroll:
           Total: $6,374.98
  14. Next meeting: November 13, 2018 at 4:10 p.m
  15. The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m. Aye-3, Nay-0

Respectfully submitted, Valerie Messana, Administrative Assistant


Selectmen’s Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Present: Deborah Brewster, Bill Cohen, Laura Sherman, Valerie Messana (Administrative Assistant)

Meeting was called to order by Cohen at 4:10 p.m.

  1. Minutes of the September 18, 2018 meeting were approved and posted on September 20, 2018.
  2. Cohen gave an update of the IT operations at the Town Office. The Code Enforcement Officer’s computer was updated and protected. The server is now backed up nightly for TRIO and weekly for the entire system.
  3. There has been a request about shrubs along the cemetery fence at the Brooklin Cemetery. This request was passed on to Scott Holden, who will check with the Cemetery Association about this.
  4. Cohen reported that the regional Broadband Committee will meet on October 5, 2018 in Brooksville.
  5. A request for help from Warmer Brooklin has been approved.
  6. There will be a meeting with Sedgwick and Brooksville on October 11, 2018 regarding PERC, followed by a meeting with Sedgwick regarding the Benjamin River Bridge project.
  7. There will be a meeting soon with Webb Excavation to discuss next year’s snowplow contract. The rate is to be determined.
  8. The Brooklin Youth Corps Committee will meet with the Brooklin Selectboard on October 10, 2018 at the Brooklin School.
  9. There was a discussion of dog park issues. The Selectboard will meet with the ACO regarding these issues.
  10. Cohen reported a need for repairs on the gutters at the back entrance of the Town Office. Dana Candage is assessing the situation regarding what needs to be done to repair it.
  11. Treasurer's Report
    • September 18, 2018
         Receipts: $22,365.23
         Warrants:
           Town: $7,200.13
           School: $117,219.84
           Payroll: $1,310.21
           Total: $125,730.18
    • September 25, 2018:
         Receipts: $32,431.57
         Warrants:
           Town: $5,072.78
           School:
           Payroll:
           Total: $5,072.78
  12. Next meeting: October 16, 2018 at 4:10 p.m
  13. The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m. Aye-3, Nay-0

Respectfully submitted, Valerie Messana, Administrative Assistant