September 15, 2021 CSM

COMMISSIONERS SPECIAL MEETING

The special meeting of the Hancock County Commissioners was brought to order by Commissioner Clark at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday September 15, 2021.    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 / approval of agenda:

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

Public Comment: none

Budget Workshop:

The Commissioners reviewed the following departmental budgets.

(Dept. 3) – District Attorney

The initial budget figures are as follows:

Revenues: $47,500

Expenditures: $468,284

Commissioner Clark questioned the need for the $4,000 in line 70-200 Technology, as there is a current balance of $11,539 in the DA Technology G account.  Commissioner Clark said he would support this if there was a plan and figures to justify it; the $4,000 is an arbitrary number with no plan to back it up.  DA Foster was asked to build a capital plan with supporting documentation, to start building a reserve account with real information.  Until good documentation is available we have a buffer of $11,539.  The Commissioners agreed to reduce the line to $2,000; DA Foster agreed to develop a capital plan before the next budget cycle.

(Dept. 17) – Third Party Requests

Downeast Restorative Justice:

The original request was $22,600.  In the September 8 meeting the Commissioners reduced the amount to $19,000.  After discussion with DRJ representatives, the Commissioners agreed to the amount of $19,000.

EMDC-

The Commissioners agreed to the original request of $9,500.

Hancock County Planning Commission-

The amount requested was $16,500.  HCPC Director Jarod Farn-Guillette reported on what the organization had been working on in the last year, including land use, transportation and economic development. He said they plan to expand their work to recycling and affordable housing.  There was some questions surrounding HCPC’s operating budget.  The  Commissioners agreed to $15,000 for 2022.

Next Step-

Commissioners agreed to the original requested amount of $9,000.

Special Children’s Friends-

The Commissioners agreed to the requested amount of $5,300.

Univ. of Maine Cooperative Extension-

The Commissioners agreed to the requested amount of $67,200.

Soil and Water-

The Commissioners agreed to the requested amount of $20,000.

HC Firefighters Association-

The Commissioners agreed to the requested amount of $44,000.

(Dept. 2) – EMA

The initial budget figures are as follows:

Revenues: $118,166

Expenditures: $228,565

Director Sankey wished to present different budget figures to the BAC- the Commissioners agreed this was acceptable.

(Dept. 10) – Sheriff

The initial budget figures are as follows:

Revenues: $11,320

Expenditures: $2,002,467

After discussion with Sheriff Kane, the Commissioners agreed to fund his request of an additional patrol position, funded for half of the year.  Sheriff Kane said he did not expect to find a suitable hire until well into the year.  The Commissioners agreed that if he did find a suitable hire before mid-year, the funding would be available.  Overtime line was kept at the 2021 amount of $68,500.  The Commissioners agreed to remove $20,000 from radio line; if ARP can be used for communications, the plan is to use that to upgrade the sheriff’s radios.  This is an expensive project but it is required.

(Dept. 11) – Jail Cap

The Commissioners agreed by general consensus to the jail cap amount of $2,044,233.

(Dept. 30) – Reserves

Revenues – $35,000.

The Commissioners agreed with this amount.

(Dept. 12) – Town Contracts

Revenues: $550,602

Expenditures: $550,602

By general consensus the Commissioners agreed to the town contracts budget.

(Dept. 13) – Civil Process

Revenues – $115,000

Expenditures – $163,765

There is a chance that the legislature will approve an increase to the cost of civil papers- Commissioner Clark proposed increasing that revenue line to $135,000.  Commissioners Wombacher and Paradis agreed.

(Dept. 46) – Drug Task Force

Revenues – $166,792

Expenditures – $296,979

MOTION: approval to advertise for Deputy (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

MOTION: Move to give Swan’s Island a $15,000 Tax Assessment Credit as requested. (Paradis/Wombacher 3-0, motion passed)

A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held on September 28, 2021.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Rebekah Knowlton

Deputy County Administrator

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