MINOT — Selectmen returned a bill to RSU 16 school officials Monday night citing inadequate documentation for the $136,000 request.

Selectman Eda Tripp said she wanted the bill for the Minot Consolidated School teachers’ payroll for July and August itemized so she could properly review it. Business Manager Rick Kusturin said he would provide an itemized bill.

Tripp also said she would recommend the bill be paid in bi-weekly installments rather than as a lump sum.

Tripp noted that the town is feeling the pinch in Union 29’s transition to RSU 16, and that this bill was being paid in addition to Minot’s new monthly RSU payments which began this July.

Tripp also stated her displeasure that, without consulting town officials, school officials has spent $60,000 — money the town could have used to assist in this transition period — redoing bathrooms and making other last minute improvements before the school became RSU property on July 1.

Selectman Dean Campbell noted that the money was not spent for emergencies but rather for projects that never came before a town meeting, selectmen or the Budget Committee for review.

School Superintendent Dennis Duquette acknowledged the consolidation process had its bumps and said he would work toward improving communications with town officials.

Selectmen approved Duquette’s request that some RSU buses be housed and fueled at the town garage area and authorized Town Administrator Arlan Saunders to work out the details with RSU Transportation Director Tom Kelly.

Selectmen voted to replace the fuel pump at the town garage and purchase a new 20-key entry system to accommodate a number of vehicles.

Selectman Ann Duquette agreed that the RSU would pay a 5-cent-per-gallon administrative surcharge on fuel purchased at the town garage. Duquette noted that Mechanic Falls and Poland have agreed to similar terms.

Selectmen also accepted the RSU 16 committee’s nomination of Susan Callahan to replace Tina Kelly on the RSU committee, appointing Callahan to serve until municipal elections at next March’s town meeting.

Kelly resigned to avoid a conflict of interest following the hire of her husband, Tom Kelly, as transportation director.

Acting on bids to complete a topographical survey of the new 16-acre addition to the town-owned Center Minot Cemetery and a concept design for the 3-acre portion now under development, selectmen accepted the proposal from Main-Land Development of Livermore Falls as low bidder at $4,000 plus $500 for DEP permitting.

Selectmen also accepted Judy and Allan Theriault’s request that the board manage the Kurt Theriault scholarship fund. The Theriaults announced that this past weekend’s event at the West Minot Grange Hall brought the fund’s balance to about $10,000.


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