June 1, 2021 CRM Minutes

COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

The regular meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Clark at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 1, 2021.    Commissioner Wombacher, Commissioner Paradis, County Administrator Scott Adkins and Deputy County Administrator Rebekah Knowlton were also in attendance, as well as several Department Heads and members of the public.  Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, the meeting was held remotely via Zoom.

Adjustments to / approval of agenda:  

MOTION: add to the agenda 9c Update on Finance Clerk application process and 10b Update on Trail Easement process (Clark/ Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the agenda as amended (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

Public Comment:

Hendrik Gideonse spoke about the accreditation process that the Sheriff’s Office is pursuing.  Rebecca Wentworth spoke about the potential finance position as well as revised policing models.  Reverend Charles Stephens spoke in support of Mr. Gideonse’s and Ms. Wentworth’s comments.

Meeting Minutes:

MOTION: Move to approve the minutes of the May 18, 2021 Special Meeting as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

Employee Recognition:

MOTION: Move to congratulate and thank Detective Frank Jennings for his 5 years of service (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

Airport:

MOTION: Move to accept and file the Airport Manager’s monthly report as presented and outlined by the Airport Manager (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the hire of Kenneth (Frank) Evenson of Ellsworth as a full time airport maintenance person at grade 7 step C, effective June 5, 2021 as recommended (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed )

Unorganized Territory:

MOTION: Move to accept and file the UT Director’s report as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the Solid Waste Agreement for T9SD & T10SD with the Town of Franklin as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the Solid Waste Agreement for Eagle Island with the Town of Deer Isle as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve Solid Waste Agreement for Tunk Lake portion of T7SD with the Town of Sullivan as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the Fire Suppression & Emergency Response Agreement for T4ND (Oqiton) T3ND, the South Shore of West Lake in T40MD and the Northeast Shore of Nicatous Lake south to Gassabias Stream in T41MD with the Town of Howland as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the Fire Suppression & Emergency Response Agreement for T32MD, T34MD, T35MD, T39MD, T40MD excepting the northeast shore of West Lake and T41MD south of Gassabias Stream with the Town of Milford as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

The contract includes the area south of Gassabias Stream.

MOTION: Move to approve the Fire Suppression & Emergency Response Agreement for T9SD, T10SD, T16MD & the T7SD portion of the Sunrise Trail with the Town of Franklin (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

In prior years this was two separate agreements but is now combined into one agreement with an annual stipend increase of $500.00.

MOTION: Move to approve the Fire Suppression & Emergency Response Agreement for the Tunk Lake section of Township 7SD with the Town of Sullivan as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

In prior years this was two separate agreements now combined into one agreement with no annual stipend increase.

Jail:

MOTION: Move to approve extending Corrections Officer Michael Butters working out of classification for another 30 working days, effective May 29, 2021 as requested (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

RCC:

MOTION: Move to accept and file the RCC Director’s report as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0 motion passed)

Maintenance:

MOTION: Move to accept and file the Facilities Director’s report as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

Treasurer:

MOTION: Move to approve the Treasurer’s Warrant as presented (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

The Treasurer’s memo listed the following:

May GF, Airport and Jail Payroll Warrants #21-17, #21-18, #21-19, #21-20, in the aggregate amount of $379,440.00;

May GF, Airport and Jail Expense Warrants #21-26, #21-27, #21-28, #21-29, #21-30, #21-31, and #21-32 in the aggregate amount of $895,168.06;

May UT Payroll Warrants #21-44, #21-45, #21-46, and #21-47, in the aggregate amount of $1,098.04;

May UT Expense Warrants #21-21 and #21-22 in the aggregate amount of $3,716.39

Commissioners:

CA Adkins reported that the Finance position ad has been published and applications are beginning to come in.  Commissioner Clark will review applications with CA Adkins and DCA Knowlton.

The Commissioners discussed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.  Commissioner Paradis said his focus was making a difference in Hancock County; he referenced broad band and affordable workforce housing.  Commissioner Clark suggested using the funds for a grant to non-profits for the loss of revenue due to Covid during the last 15 months.  CA Adkins said there are several in-house projects that would qualify.

The trail easement discussion will take place at the next meeting, which will be held June 15, 2021.

MOTION: Move to adjourn (Paradis/Wombacher, 3-0, motion passed)

Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Deputy County Administrator

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