June 2, 2015
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the minutes of their May 19, 2015 meeting. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the County expenditures in the amount of $11,139.21. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Jail expenditures in the amount of $8,927.11. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Unorganized Territory expenditures in the amount of $82,949.51. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Payroll Warrant for May 21, 2015 in the amount of $119,368.86. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the Employee Benefit Warrant in the amount of $48,476.42. M: James Annis S: James White V: 3-0
- Interim Jail Administrator, Maria Landry and Sheriff John Goggin discussed the use of inmate benefit account funds with Piscataquis County Commissioners. The Commissioners were informed the TPA funds are received through the inmates’ telephone service based on commissions. The funds can only be used for the benefit of the inmates, but not in the form of cash. They have been able to buy basketballs, washers, dryers, lawn mower, snow blowers. The jail’s diversion program, which is provided through Charlotte White Center, is paid through this funding. Maria informed the Commissioners the phone system will be changing in approximately 2 years and the funding through the commissions will no long exist. It was suggested Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte be involved with this account along with Maria in case there ever was an issue, the County would have double protection. The account does not show in the budget, but does in the audit.
- Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved changing the TriCounty Workforce Investment Board fiscal agent from Northern Maine Development Corporation to Penobscot County. County Commissioner James White will sign the agreement as a Chief Local Official for Piscataquis at their next meeting. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0 See documentation
- Piscataquis County Commissioners discussed and approved the proposed amendment to the Piscataquis County Personnel Policy: Workers’ Compensation. The proposal was drawn up by Annalee Ziman Rosenblatt, County Labor Relations and Human Resources Consultant. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0 See documentation
- Piscataquis County Commissioners signed the new Court House complex snow removal contract with Penquis Surge, Inc. for an additional two years. The County Commissioners discussed and approved the contract at their May 19, 2015 meeting. The new contract will be at the same rate as the contract that expired at the end of the 2014-2015 season. M: James White S: James Annis V: 3-0
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the new up-dated job description for the County Commissioners Office Clerk Specialist II. The County Commissioners will sign the new job description at the June 16th meeting. With the increase of responsibilities, the Commissioners changed the title from Clerk Specialist II to County Administrative Assistant.
- Piscataquis County Commissioners reviewed and approved the new revised job description for the County Manager. The County Commissioners asked for a change of wording under the “Job Purpose”, therefore the new description will be signed at the next meeting to be held on June 16th.
- Department Head:
- Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
- A statewide referendum vote on a citizen's initiative has been scheduled on Nov. 3, 2015, so the County does not need to wait until the June 14, 2016 primary election date to schedule a county bond referendum in order to finance construction of a new Sheriff's Department office building. Lizotte said that holding the county referendum this November would be advantageous since financing could be arranged and the project could be put out to bid at the start of the construction season in the spring of 2016, rather than waiting to start in the middle of next summer. Commissioners will consider establishing Nov. 3 as the county referendum date when they meet next on June 16.
- County administrative personnel met May 27 with insurance services representative Jim Brann to discuss the renewal of health insurance coverage with Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare. Brann recommended that the county renew its policy with Harvard Pilgrim starting Aug. 1.
- Since Commissioners signed a lease agreement in May for the purchase and installation of a new telephone system, the telephone equipment has been ordered and paid for, and Penobscot County IT staff will schedule an installation date with CMC Technology for later in June. The County has also met with Acorn Recording Solutions to work out a lease agreement for the installation of a new recording system for all 911 phone lines, regular phone lines and radio channels serving the telecommunications center. The lease would be for 5 years at $6,857 annually for a total cost of $34,286, including all equipment, licenses, installation and training, maintenance, and finance fees. Commissioners will consider approving the recording system lease at their June 16 meeting.
- Lizotte reported the Atlantic Salmon Federation is developing a construction/access agreement with the County for the replacement of Blackstone Stream bridge in Blanchard, and this agreement will be prepared for approval of the Commissioners at their June 16 meeting. ASF hopes to complete the construction project this summer and has scheduled a pre-bid meeting with contractors on June 12. Since this bridge construction will be eligible for state bond funds for water projects, ASF may also seek County approval for a joint application seeking $75,000.
- The jail legislation was approved on a 9-4 vote by the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee May 29 and now moves on for consideration by Appropriations and the full Legislature. The bill will include $14.7 million in continuing state funding for county jails, allows the county tax limit to be increased by no more than 3% to fund jail operations, and eliminates the Board of Corrections.
- LL Construction has presented an estimate of $2,550 to restore the flagpole support system on the County Courthouse roof. Commissioners will consider this expenditure at a meeting later this summer.
- County Treasurer, Johanna Greenfield – no comment
- Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte
- Informed the Commissioners the 2013 audit has be completed
- Discuss the way funds are being transferred with the UT budget
- Sheriff, John Goggin
- Informed the County Commissioners Deputy David Wilson had an accident with a moose. The SUV is going to be fixed using parts from an older County’s SUV and is going to be repaired by a private individual who lives in Atkinson. Sheriff Goggin did not feel it was necessary to contact the insurance company – did not attend
- EMA Director, Tom Capraro – did not attend
- 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
- Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
Meeting adjourned - 11:30 a.m.