February 17, 2015
PISCATAQUIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
February 17, 2015
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the minutes of their February 3, 2015 meeting. M: James Annis S: Fred Trask V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the County expenditures in the amount of $27,968.54. M: James Annis S: Fred Trask V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Jail expenditures in the amount of $26,375.67. M: James Annis S: Fred Trask V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Unorganized Territory expenditures in the amount of $5,904.26. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Payroll Warrant for February 12, 2015 in the amount of $119,347.18. M: James Annis S: James White V: 2-1 County Commissioner Fred Trask opposite
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Payroll Warrant for February 12, 2015 in the amount of $21,999.27. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Restitution Warrant in the amount of $1,238.02. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and discussed the proposal to provide architectural services for the Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office. Maine Licensed Architect, Vicki Wolfertz attended the meeting to answer any questions the Commissioners, Sheriff John Goggin and Chief Deputy Robert Young might have that were not provided in the proposal. The following is the proposal submitted by Architect Vicki Wolfertz
Before the County Commissioners reached their decision, Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte stated there were a lot of safety issues with the Sheriff’s Department and something needed to be done. The only way the County would know the design and the cost factor would be to finish stage 1. The County Commissioners agreed to accept the architectural services, but County Commissioner James White stated he would agreed to the acceptance as long as Vicki would not go over the cost estimate for the preliminary schematic design. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0 After the vote was taken, Vicki informed the County Commissioners that it will take her about 2 months to complete the preliminary schematic design. She will be working with the sheriff’s department and providing up-dates to Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte.
- Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved the line of credit from Camden National Bank - principal amount $1,750,000.00 with interest rate 1.98%. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Department Head:
- Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
- Progress is being made on planning for installation of a new county telephone system. Cliff Warren, Penobscot County IT director, has been put in contact with a FairPoint account manager in the company's Government and Education Department.
- Annalee Rosenblatt, labor relations consultant, is working with the county manager to update county personnel policies, clarify language and put all policies into a consistent format. A revised policy booklet will be presented to County Commissioners for their review and approval later this year, before the county enters into negotiations for a new contract with the Sheriff's Office bargaining units. Current labor contracts expire Dec. 31, 2015.
- Interim County Manager Lizotte met Feb. 10 in Greenville with Town Manager John Simko to discuss issues of mutual interest between the town and county governments. Simko may prepare a proposal for the county to address regional solid waste disposal in the Moosehead region.
- County Treasurer, Johanna Greenfield - no comment
- Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte
- informed the County Commissioners he is working with Harris in regards to having the pay periods included on employees pay checks. County Commissioner Fred Trask stated he would like to review the information that was given to them before they make a decision.
- Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
- Sheriff, John Goggin
- stated how much he appreciated the County Commissioners realizing the working conditions the Sheriff’s department has to deal with and that they are actually going to move forward to help solve the problem.
- EMA Director, Tom Capraro
- February 3rd gave a presentation to the Kiwanis Club
- February 6th held a tabletop exercise pertaining to dam breaches. EMA will be conducting a tour of all the dams in the summer
- February 11th held a LEPC meeting. Kevin Black from Milo was the guest speaker. His presentation was in regards to oil tanker railroad cars and how unstable their contents are with 47% gasoline and 53% oil. It is now a law that towns have to be notified if the railroad is hauling tankers with a million gallons of toxic liquid through the individual towns.
- The Town of Dover-Foxcroft food shelter and the Town of Monson food shelter are closing. EMA is helping to find a place to relocate the new food shelter for the Town of Dover-Foxcroft. Through FEMA (federal emergency management agency), Piscataquis EMA received $7,700.00 to help support the food shelters.
- Probate Register, Donna Peterson - did not attend
- Deeds Register, Linda Smith - did not attend
- DA Administrative, Chris Almy - did not attend
- Head of Maintenance David Ronco - did not attend
Chief Deputy Robert Young asked the County Commissioners if a vote was needed for the approval of the Sheriff’s Department using space in the former “law library” for a portion of their evidence locker. The County Commissioners agreed that there should be, but before a vote was taken, they ask Chief Deputy Young to find out a cost for enclosing the area that will be used. The question of storing guns in the room was brought up again. Interim County Manager Thomas Lizotte stated he would prefer not to have the guns in the Administration building due to the fact that there are no alarm systems. County Commissioner James White disagreed because he is concerned with the dampness of the area where they are being stored now.
The Piscataquis County Commissioners voted to go into executive session on this date per M.R.S.A. 1 § 405, paragraph 6 to deliberate on a matter pertaining to: Personnel Matters
Meeting to adjourn