Meeting Minutes

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.

February 3, 2015

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

  1. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the minutes of their January 20, 2015 meeting. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  2. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the County expenditures in the amount of $16,667.31. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  3. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Jail expenditures in the amount of $11,860.15. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  4. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Unorganized Territory expenditures in the amount of $81,570.96. M: James Annis S: James White V: 2-1 County Commissioner Fred Trask opposed.
  5. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Payroll Warrant for January 29, 2015 in the amount of $124,320.72. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  6. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Payroll Warrant for January 29, 2015 in the amount of $1,551.88. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0.
  7. Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Employee Benefit Warrant in the amount of $55,627.86. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  8. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved the candidate for the new full time Correction Officer (CO 1) at the Piscataquis County Jail as was presented by Sheriff John Goggin and Interim Jail Administrator Maria Landry. Interim Jail Administrator Landry stated the interviewing board consisted of Ronald Moulton, Ted Hunt, Thomas Capraro, Thomas Lizotte and herself. After interviewing 4 candidates they felt that Kayla Goodine would be the best fit to fill this position. Kayla works part time for the jail and has received all her training that is required by the State. M: James Annis S: Jame White V: 3-0
  9. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved the bid for a new generator for the jail as presented to them by Interim Jail Administrator Maria Landry and Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert Young. Landry informed the County Commissioner she sent out 3 bid packets which included Pace Electric Inc., CMD Power Systems Inc. and Milton CAT, of which she received one bid back.

    Instead of placing the new generator out to bid again the County Commissioners took the recommendation of Interim Jail Administrator, Maria Landry and Chief Deputy Sheriff Robert Young to accept the bid received from Pace Electric, Inc.  Before the vote was finalized, County Commissioner James White inquired what was going to happen to the old generator.  He was informed they have not decided if it would be kept as a back up for the new generator, or be put out to bid.  Commissioner White felt it was important to determine the value of the old generator before a final decision was made.  M: James White  S: James Annis  V: 3-0
  10. Piscataquis County Commissioners opened and awarded the bid for four new cruisers to Darlings. The County received bids from Prouty Ford, Darlings and Quirk. The Sheriff’s Department and County Commissioners felt it was important to try to keep County business local, but with everything taken in to consideration, by going with Darlings it saved the County several thousands of dollars. M: James Annis S: James White V: 2-1 County Commissioner Fred Trask opposed


  11. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed the potential reassignment of job duties in the finance office. With the retirement of Phyllis Lyford on January 29, 2015, it left a part-time vacancy in the finance department. Interim County Manager Thomas Lizotte informed the Commissioners he was recommending instead of hiring a new person to fill the vacancy, Deputy of Probate, Kathy Walsh’s position be modified to work 75% in the finance department and 25% in Probate with a two step in years increase. Manager Lizotte stated he has spoken to Register of Probate, Donna Peterson and she was in total agreement with the change of hours Kathy would be spending in Probate. When Kathy has to work additional hours in Probate, she would still be able to do work for the finance department from her terminal set up in Probate. By doing this, the County would be saving money in regards to wages and benefits. Manager Lizotte stated that Kathy has been working for the County for 4 years and has 25 years of book keeping experience. The County Commissioners accepted his recommendations. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  12. Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and granted their consent to an application from the Friends of Squaw Mountain to operate a Game of Chance (poker run). The Friends of Squaw Mountain are planning a week of activities at the Mountain during the week of school vacation. One of the activities that are planned is to have multiple poker runs. One on the slopes with different locations you can ski to. The other would be throughout Greenville with one of the stops being the Mountain. Amy Lane has spoken with Barry at the Special Gaming’s Unit and was given the gaming application for a license to operate Beano/Bingo or a Game of Chance for the Commissioners to sign if they were in agreement, M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
  13. Department Head:
    1. Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
      • LL Construction has requested an $8,750 advance payment for the courthouse cupola repair project to cover the expense of start-up materials and setting up staging on the roof. The project start date is March 1, weather permitting, and the work should be completed within 4 weeks.
      • Tax assessment notices for 2015 were mailed to Piscataquis County towns and plantations, and to the state UT administrator, on Jan. 28. The state's certified valuation figures for 2015 show Piscataquis County's valuation has increased 0.03% to $2,359,050,000.
      • The County Manager toured the Piscataquis Sheriff's Office on Jan. 30 with architect Vicky Wolfertz of Monson, Chief Deputy Robert Young and Lt. Jamie Kane. Wolfertz will prepare a proposal for the County Commissioners' consideration that would engage her architectural services for the preparation of concept designs and cost estimates relating to the potential construction of a new office building for the Sheriff's patrol department. Lizotte cautioned that this would be the first step in a multi-year project to build new SO offices and evidence storage space. As an interim step to improve the SO's evidence storage, Lizotte proposed that Commissioners allow the Piscataquis SO to use a portion of the basement space in the Peaks Building for that purpose; a formal proposal to do so, with cost estimate, will be prepared.
      • The County Manager and paving consultant Roger Picard both favor having the county reach out to the state DOT to explore opportunities to collaborate on 2015 summer paving work. The Piscataquis UT budget includes funds for paving in Williamsburg Twp., and with the state planning several nearby projects in Barnard, Williamsburg, Brownville and Milo, the opportunity exists for potential savings by coordinating this work with the state's eventual paving contractor.
      • Penobscot County IT completed the installation of file storage hardware on Jan. 21, expanding the file storage capacity of the Piscataquis County computer system.
      • The County Manager will attend a road maintenance salt/sand training workshop in Greenville on Feb. 5. Following the workshop, he will meet with Greenville Town Manager John Simko for an informal discussion of town/county issues in the Moosehead Lake region.
    2. County Treasurer, Johanna Greenfield
      • working with Camden National Bank for the County's Line of Credit
    3. Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte
      • stated he would like the County Commissioners to consider changing the way the County handles their LOC. Baiamonte would like the County to stop the LOC and rely on the County’s money that is set aside in different accounts. He stated the interest on the line of credit is higher than the interest paid on the account and he feels the County would be saving money. The Commissioners stated that interest on the LOC is only paid on the principal that is used and not on the total amount of principal that was borrowed.
    4. Sheriff, John Goggin - no comment
    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, but Corina Tibbetts stated things were going well in the DA's department
    9. Head of Maintenance David Ronco - did not attend

Other Business:

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Meeting to adjourn

Second Amendment Resolution adopted June 15, 2021

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