May 21st, 2024 Commissioners’ Special Meeting Minutes

COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING

The special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Wombacher at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 21, 2024. Commissioner Clark, Commissioner Paradis, County Administrator Michael Crooker were also present, as well as several Department Heads. The meeting was held using a hybrid format. Department Heads, and members of the public, were able to attend in person or via Zoom.

Adjustments to agenda

MOTION: Move to adopt the agenda as presented with the exception of moving item 12(a) to 5(d), and removing items 12 b and c. (Paradis, Clark 3-0)

Public Comment

None.

Meeting Minutes

MOTION: Move to approve the May 7, 2024 Regular Meeting as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0)

Employee Recognition

MOTION: Move to recognize and thank Joanne Jodrey for her five years of service to Hancock County. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 5.a]

MOTION: Move to recognize and thank Patricia Rossi for her ten years of service to Hancock County. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 5.b]

MOTION: Move to acknowledge the retirement of Victim Witness Advocate Karen Brown and to thank her for her over 23 years of service to Hancock County. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 5.c]

MOTION: Move to recognize and thank Chuck Carter for his five years of service to Hancock County. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 5.d]

Unorganized Territories

MOTION: Move to approve the Renewal of the Solid Waste agreement with the Town of Steuben to serve Township 7. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 6.a]

MOTION: Move to approve the Renewal of the Solid Waste agreement with the Town of Deer Isle to serve Eagle Island. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 6.b]

Chairperson Wombacher asked Unorganized Territories Department Head Millard Billings whether the program in item 6.c was a successful one, Mr. Billings answered that it was.

MOTION: Move to approve Hancock County Unorganized Territories continuing to act as the Agent for the County ATV Clubs to apply for and receive Grant Funds from the Bureau of Parks and Lands, ATV Program and to authorize the Chair to sign the Municipal Grant-In-Aid Program Agreement as presented. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 6.c]

Airport

MOTION: Move to approve a short-term lease with the University of Maine System for 6000 sq./ft of land located at the seaplane ramp parking lot. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 7.a]

Airport Manager Leroy Muise gave the Commissioners an update on the Airport’s annual tabletop meeting. Mr. Muise noted that the TSA would be giving the Airport a demerit, as no representative from the Sheriff’s office was in attendance at the Airport’s annual tabletop meeting. Mr. Muise, answering a question from Chairperson Wombacher, answered that the Sheriff’s office was notified prior to the meeting.

Jail

MOTION: Move to approve hiring Melanie Johnson of Ellsworth as a full-time correction officer effective June 1st, 2024 with full benefits at pay rate 9-A. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 8.a]

MOTION: Move to approve hiring Dylan Warrous of Pittsfield as a part time correction officer, on call as needed, effective May 25th, 2024 at pay rate 9-C. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 8.b]

MOTION: Move to approve promoting Christopher Shahan to full time, effective May 25th, 2024 with full benefits and continuing at pay rate 9-A. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 8.c]

Sheriff’s Office

Commissioner Clark expressed that he did not agree with the purchase of the tasers, item 9.a, at that time. Commissioner Clark cited the County’s lack of expertise regarding tasers and taser purchasing, the need for trained taser supervisors, and the class action suit against Axon. Commissioner Clark also stated that there was not an urgent need for 30 new tasers, as the current tasers could be used for another year.

MOTION: Move to approve the purchase of 30 tasers, the 31st being free, and related materials from single source, Axon, for the sum of $129,672 to be paid for from ARPA Funds. (Paradis/Wombacher 2-1, Clark Opposed) [item 9.a]

Lt. Dakota Dupuis reported to the Commissioners that the Sheriff’s Office’s bid for the Tremont contract was unsuccessful. He expressed that the loss of the contract might have an impact on the additional position the Sheriff’s Office had previously received approval on.

Maintenance

Assistant Facilities Director David Linell presented. Mr. Linell, answering a question from County Administrator Michael Crooker, provided clarification as to what ‘Phase 1’ and ‘Phase 2’ included. Mr. Linell clarified that ‘Phase 1’ included fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and ADA required works. Mr. Linell stated that ‘Phase 2’ involved drain work.

MOTION: Move to approve commencing with Phase 1 of the Jail Plumbing Project at a cost of $105,805.26 to be paid for from ARPA funds. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 10.a]

MOTION: Move to approve hiring Downeast Seamless to install approximately 244 feet of 6” white seamless aluminum gutters at the courthouse and jail for the sum of $7,500 with such sum to be paid for from ARPA as recommended. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 10.b]

Regional Communication Center

MOTION: Move to approve hiring Erin Coombs of Hampden as a full-time dispatcher at Dispatch Grade H ($30.26 /hr.) effective June 1st, 2024. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 11.a]

MOTION: Move to approve hiring Kristen Hansen of Ellsworth as a full-time dispatcher at Dispatch Grade A ($25.57 /hr.) effective May 25th, 2024. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 11.b]

Information Technology

MOTION: Move to approve renewing the Cyber Security contract with Tyler Technologies for a 5-year term at a rate of $37,900 per year for a total sum of $189,500 to be paid for using ARPA funds. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 12.a]

Human Resources

Human Resources Manager Mary-Anne Saxl reported to the Commissioners on her inquiry into Mutual of Omaha’s quality of service.

Treasurer

Finance Director and Treasurer Monica Cease gave her report to the Commissioners on the balances of the Community Benefits Fund (CBF) and the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds. Ms. Cease’s report stated the balances of the funds were as follows; Community Benefits Fund, $1,057,706.23; Bull Hill TIF/Undesignated FB, $436,458.14; Hancock Wind TIF/Undesignated FB, $622,898.42. It was noted in the discussion that these balances included amounts to be received.

County Administrator’s Office Comments

County Administrator Michael Crooker delivered an update on the proposed changes to the Bid Procedures and Policy Requirements.

County Administrator Comments

County Administrator Crooker gave confirmation that the annual tour of the Unorganized Territories would not be occurring today.

Commissioners Comments and Suggestions for Future Agendas

None.

Commissioners

As the Commissioners had to wait for a Union Representative to arrive, Commissioner Wombacher issued a recess at 9:30 am. The Commissioners’ returned to session at 11:10 am.

MOTION: Move to go into Executive Session as permitted by MRSA Title 1§405 6(A) to discuss a Personnel Matter. (Paradis/Clark 3-0) [item 16.b]

Time in: 11:11am

Time out: 12:08pm

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

Meeting was adjourned at 12:09

Respectfully submitted,

Brittany Fronczak
Administrative Assistant

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