August 2, 2022 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 August 2, 2022.    Commissioner Wombacher, Commissioner Paradis, County Administrator Scott Adkins and Deputy County Administrator Rebekah Knowlton were also present, as well as several Department Heads.  The meeting was held using a hybrid format and Department Heads and members of the public were able to attend in person or via Zoom.

Adjustments to agenda: none

MOTION: Move to approve the Agenda as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Public Comment: Ben Scott address the Commission and stated he had a road issue and the Town told him the Commissioners would grant an easement.  CC Clark said they have no legal authority to draft and issue a right-of-way.

Meeting Minutes:

MOTION: Move to approve the minutes of the July 19, 2022 Special Meeting as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Employee recognition:

MOTION: Move to recognize and thank 911 Dispatcher Jennifer Day for her 5 years of service to Hancock County. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Discussion of the Old Jail – Bill Fogle addressed the Commission and said they had received more grants and it would take a number of years to complete the renovation. The Architect Carla Haskell also address the Commission and presented a presentation with an explanation for the future renovation.

CC Clark asked that Facilities Director Dennis Walls be the point person for the Old Jail Committee.

ARP:

MOTION: Move to accept and file the July report from Mission Broadband as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

UT:

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

MOTION: Move to approve the Fire Protection and Emergency Response Agreement for Township 7 with the Town of Gouldsboro as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed

Airport:

MOTION: Move to accept and file the Airport Manager’s July report as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Airport Land Lease:

MOTION: Move to table this item to the next meeting. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

EMA:

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

Jail:

MOTION: Move to hire Angela Hall of Lamoine as part-time on call as needed correction officer at pay level 9A with no benefits, effective August 6, 2022, as requested. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to hire Farran Gray of Dedham as part-time on call as needed correction officer at pay level 9A with no benefits, effective August 6, 2022, as requested. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to hire Brian Pierre of Bangor as part-time on call as needed correction officer at pay level 9A with no benefits, effective August 6, 2022, as requested. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to accept the resignation of Corrections Officer Richard Bronson, effective July 23, 2022. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the request from Corrections Officer Rebecca Long to move from full-time to part-time on call as needed at pay level 9C with no benefits. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to remove Shona Wright from the County payroll. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Sheriff:

MOTION: Move to accept the resignation of Patrol Deputy David Lord effective August 6, 2022, and wish him the best of luck. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to hire Justin Burnett of Penobscot as a part-time deputy as needed effective August 6, 2022 at pay grade 12A, as requested. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Maintenance:

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

MOTION: Move to approve the Safety Policies as presented by Facilities Director Dennis Walls. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to approve the proposal dated July 25, 2022, from Eastern Maine Environmental to remove and dispose of asbestos floor tiles for $6,200 from account G1-3011 as presented and authorize the Chair to sign the document. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

RCC:

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

Treasurer:

MOTION: Move to approve the monthly bills and warrants as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to hire Mary Jordan of Waltham as Finance Assistant at step 8H effective August 16, 2022. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

The Treasurer’s memo listed the following:

July GF, Airport and Jail Payroll Warrants #22-26, #22-27, #22-28, #22-29 in the aggregate amount of $429,622.50;

July GF, Airport and Jail Expense Warrants #22-93, #22-94, #22-95, #22-96, #22-97, #22-98, in the aggregate amount of $641,816.04;

July UT Payroll Warrants #23-1, #23-2, #23-3, and #23-4, in the aggregate amount of $1,098.04;

July UT Expense Warrants #23-1 and #23-2, in the aggregate amount of $73,351.59

Commissioners:

MOTION: Move to set the Budget Advisory Committee’s Caucus for Tuesday August 23, 2022 at 1pm, for District 1 at the Commissioner’s Meeting Room / Hancock County Courthouse 50 State Street, Ellsworth, Maine, Tuesday August 23 at 2pm for District II at the Bucksport Town Office 50 Main Street, and Thursday August 25 at 3pm for District III at the Mt. Desert Town Office, 21 Sea Street, Mt Desert, Maine. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Wage Increase estimate

MOTION: Move to set a tentative 7% wage increase for non-union employees to prepare the 2023 budget. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Opioid Settlement Funds Distribution

MOTION: Move to confirm the Opioid Settlement amount of $54,061.31 to the Maine Attorney General’s Office. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

Approval of new County Administrator’s contract

MOTION: Move to approve the 3-year employment agreement with Michael Crooker of Newburgh as County Administrator as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0, motion passed)

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

Meeting was adjourned at 10:42 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Patrice Crossman

Clerk

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