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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.

January 6, 2015

PISCATAQUIS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING
January 6, 2015
DOVER-FOXCROFT
Agenda
8:30 a.m.

  1. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the minutes of their
    December 16, 2014 meeting.
  2. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the 2014 County
    expenditures in the amount of $20,346.90.
  3. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the 2015 County
    expenditures in the amount of $20,792.15.
  4. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the Jail expenditures
    in the amount of $28,033.58.
  5. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the Unorganized
    Territory expenditures in the amount of $90,797.66.
  6. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the Payroll Warrant
    for December 18, 2014 in the amount of $127,833.14.
  7. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the Payroll Warrant
    for December 31, 2014 in the amount of $103,960.59.
  8. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the special Payroll
    Warrant for December 31, 2014 in the amount of $1,154.50.
  9. Piscataquis County Commissioners to review for approval the Employee Benefit
    Warrant in the amount of $65,174.31.
  10. Piscataquis County Commissioners to elect a chairman and vice chairman of
    the board for the year 2015.
  11. Piscataquis County Commissioners to elect a representative to MCCA and risk
    pool.
  12. Piscataquis County Commissioners to name a representative to the CLEO board
    (workforce investment) and a representative to the EMDC board.
  13. Piscataquis County Commissioners to name an exofficio member to the PCEDC
    board.
  14. Department Head:
    1. Interim County Manager, Thomas Lizotte
      1. Interim County Manager Thomas Lizotte reported that Piscataquis Jail Administrator David Harmon has announced his intention to retire on Jan. 16, 2015, following 14 years of service. He said the Sheriff's Office would like to promote an existing employee as acting jail administrator on an interim basis. Sheriff John Goggin proposed that County Commissioners authorize the appointment of Maria Landry, a telecommunications dispatcher hired by the department in 2003, who is also certified in corrections, to that acting position. Motion, Fred Trask; Second, James White. Vote 3-0.
      2. Lizotte predicted that jail legislation will be a major focus for Maine county government in 2015. Sen. Paul Davis, R-Piscataquis, has put in a bill to do away with the state Board of Corrections, and there are rumors that Gov. LePage will introduce an administration bill offering the same outcome. Lizotte said a survey conducted by the Maine County Commissioners' Association shows that the 16 counties have split opinions on which direction the counties should take when advocating for or against jail legislation, and it is unlikely that a consensus opinion will emerge given the differing circumstances in each county. There are three major alternatives facing the county jail system: 1) Retain the Board of Corrections and coordinated jail system, but implement the recommendations of the 2013 study commission, which would provide additional authority and funding to the BOC; 2) Revert to pre-2008 county jail operations, whereby county jails are funded by property tax payers and local control is reestablished; and 3) State Dept. of Corrections assumes control of county jails.
      3. Lizotte reported that the DOC is unlikely to take over control of county jails, and additional funding is unlikely for the Board of Corrections, because the state is unwilling to provide added funding for corrections. Although reverting to pre-2008 county jail operations would be likely to raise county jail property taxes by 21% from currently capped amounts, that appears to be the most likely scenario. In that case, Lizotte said it would be important for the state to provide some transition funding, and to allow counties to tap jail fund balances, to mitigate the impact of the higher property tax commitment that will be needed to fund jail operations.
      4. In another matter, Lizotte reported that Head of Maintenance David Ronco has received two estimates for the cupola repair on the Piscataquis County Courthouse roof. Roof Systems of Maine has estimated the cost at $18,700, and LL Construction of Dover-Foxcroft provided an estimate of $13,550.40 to restore the copper roof system and the surface of the cupola's main structure. Lizotte and Ronco said few companies do this specialized work, and it would be good to line up a contractor as early in the season as possible. Funding for the project is available in the county building capital account. Motion to award the job to the low bidder, LL Construction, made by Fred Trask; Second, James Annis. Vote 3-0

    2. County Treasurer, Johanna Greenfield
    3. Finance Administrator, John Baiamonte
    4. Sheriff, John Goggin
      1. informed the Commissioners he had received 2 - 50 cal. Sniper rifles as gifts. They were greatly appreciated, but are not practical for his department. He stated his would like to sell the guns and with the
        money he received for them, he would buy a different gun with a night scope,
        plus buy class A dress uniforms that his department does not have. The
        uniforms cost between $800.00 to a $1,000.00 per uniform for 9 individuals. County Commission James Annis asked Sheriff Goggin to have County Commissioner James White look at them and have him give an appraisal amount. Sheriff Goggin stated he would, but stressed how important it was to purchase the uniforms.
    5. EMA Director, Tom Capraro
    6. Probate Register Donna Peterson
    7. Deeds Register, Linda Smith
    8. DA Administrative, Chis Almy
    9. Head of Maintenance David Ronco

OTHER BUSINESS:

 

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

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