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County Commissioner meetings are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at the Commissioners Chambers in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. The meetings begin at 8:30am and continue until the agenda for the meeting has been addressed.

April 7, 2015

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
March 3, 2015
DOVER-FOXCROFT
Minutes
8:30 a.m.

  1. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the minutes of their March 17, 2015 meeting. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
  2. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the County expenditures in the amount of $33,401.13. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  3. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Jail expenditures in the amount of $9,461.14. M: James Annis S: James White V:3-0
  4. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Unorganized Territory expenditures in the amount of $85,949.42. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  5. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Payroll Warrant for March 26, 2015 in the amount of $123,891.86. M: James White S: James Annis V: 2-1 County Commissioner Fred Trask opposed.
  6. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Employee Benefit Warrant in the amount of $49,848.61. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  7. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Restitution Warrant in the amount of $3,123.07. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  8. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved liquor license renewal for Nesowadneshunk Wilderness Campground in the Unorganized Territory of T4R10 and owned by Leo Thomas Purington. Chief Deputy Robert Young informed the County Commissioners that he would recommend the renewal of the license. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
  9. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed the new up-dated job description for the County Commissioners Office Clerk Specialist II. After much discussion the Commissioners voted to table the approval of the Clerk Specialist ll job description, pending a new up-date job description for the County Manager. M: Fred Trask S: James White V: 3-0
  10. Piscataquis County Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss an application being submitted to the State of Maine Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Program for Abol, LLC. Christopher R. Winstead, Executive Director for Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, was present to answer any questions the public may have.
    M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
  11. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and signed a letter giving David and Luisa Surprenant, owners of the Northern Restaurant in the Unorganized Territory of T2R10, permission to add spirits to their already existing liquor license. Their current liquor license is for malt and vinous.

    M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
  12. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and signed the yearly contract agreement with the Bangor Humane Society. M: James White S: J Annis V: 3-0
  13. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed, approved and signed the purchase authorization form submitted by Jail Administrator Maria Landry for permission to purchase and to have installed an IP camera system for the interior and exterior of the Piscataquis County Jail. Jail Administrator Landry, received 3 different quotes - Norris Inc., Cunningham Security Systems and Eagle Security Systems. With permission from the Commissioners, Maria chose Norris Inc. to install the new system M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0



  14. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved the proposal and contract from Mechanical Services, Inc./ Maine Controls. Head of Maintenance David Ronco recommended option 2 – the one year contract with Operator’s Support. After reviewing the options, the Commissioners agreed with David. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0



  15. The Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte request to transfer $5,545.26 from account G01-530-15 (flood warning system) to account G01-518-00 (surplus). M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  16. The Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte request to transfer $1,875.00 from account G01-530-99 (electronic calendar) to account G01-518-00 (surplus). M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  17. The Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte request to transfer $1,700.00 from account E180-01-05-150 (public safety) to account E180-01-03-360 (building repair/maintenance equipment). M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  18. Department Head:
    1. Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
      • Architect Vicki Wolfertz met with Piscataquis Sheriff's Office leaders on March 31 to continue work on the schematic design and cost estimates for a proposed new Sheriff's Office building; the architect's report is tentatively scheduled to be presented to County Commissioners on May 5. Legislation that would allow counties to borrow funds for such building projects, without first conducting a countywide referendum, received a 9-1 ought not to pass vote in the State and Local Government Committee. As a result, the earliest the building project could receive funding approval would be during a county referendum coinciding with a statewide election in 2016.
      • LD 186, an act to reverse jail consolidation, received a lukewarm reception at a legislative public hearing held March 23. It appears there is no support in the Legislature or in the Governor's office to provide continued jail funding if control of jail operations is returned to the counties. At best, counties might receive transition funding from the state over several years to ensure a "soft landing" of state financial support before county property taxpayers are asked to foot the entire jail bill. The Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee will now consider drafting its own replacement for the jail consolidation repeal proposal. There is no indication that the state has any plans to take over operation of county jails.
      • It appears that Gorham Leasing Group has the most competitive proposal to finance the installation of the county's new telephone system. Gorham has proposed a 5-year lease at a fixed rate of 3.3%, which would work out to an annual cost of $11,000 payable in monthly installments. The County Manager will work with Penobscot County IT to prepare a leasing agreement for consideration by the Commissioners.
    2. County Treasurer, Johanna Greenfield - no comment
    3. Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte
      • Informed the County Commissioners that line item #15 represents money the County received through grants in the late 1990’s to be used for flood warnings. This money is no longer used because the County has stream flow gages on the Piscataquis River at Blanchard and Kingsbury Stream near Abbot and five precipitation gages that is paid by EMA. EMA is reimbursed for half of this bill through the Emergency Management Performance Grant.
      • Informed the County Commissioners that line item #16 was money received about 10 years ago for a community calendar website that was never put into use.
      • With County Manager Lizotte, they are now meeting with department heads on a quarterly bases to go over their budget, instead of waiting until the end of the year.
      • Working on the capital accounts, his hopes are to make it more “user friendly”.
      • An error was found in the County’s Capital account pertaining to bridges. The funds were transferred to the right UT account at the auditor’s recommendation.
      • The County Commissioners discussed the interest rate to be paid to the snowplow contractors for their end of year performance bond and directed Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte to give .01%.
    4. Sheriff, John Goggin - did not attend
    5. EMA Director, Tom Capraro - did not attend
    6. Probate Register, Donna Peterson - did not attend
    7. Deeds Register, Linda Smith - did not attend
    8. DA Administrative, Chris Almy - did not attend
    9. Head of Maintenance David Ronco - did not attend

Other Business:

After the Commissioners meeting the Piscataquis County Commissioners and Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte held a work session pertaining to winter maintenance for the roads in the unorganized territories. The public was welcome to attend.

 

-Meeting adjourned

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