Buckfield Board of Selectmen

Oct. 3, 2017

Buckfield Town Office

BVC agreement

What happened: Selectmen tabled further discussion on the town’s agreement with the Buckfield Village Corporation until all members were present.

What it means: Board Vice Chairwoman Cheryl Coffman was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Chairman of the corporation Board of Assessors, Glen Holmes, addressed the board and its six-month agreement to extend the accounting services for the corporation by Town Clerk Cindy Dunn. The agreement allows the corporation’s 188 customers to be able to pay their bills and ask questions at the Town Office. The agreement ends Thursday, Nov. 16.

What’s next: Selectmen will address the issue at their next meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Project help

What happened: Interim Town Manager Brad Plante announced the Shedd Hollow Road Bridge replacement project over Darnit Brook will receive assistance from University of Maine students.

What it means: The University of Maine Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering chose the project as part of its Capstone program. They visited the site on Friday, Sept. 29, and took photos and measurements of the affected area. The project includes replacing the culvert bridge, which is deteriorating and traps fish where they die.

What’s next: The town has received a $95,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection with the help of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council, which has applied for a second grant to help pay for the project.

Facebook page

What happened: Plante and Dunn met with resident Will Klotz to discuss creating a town Facebook page.

What it means: Klotz, who has extensive IT experience, will start drafting a page for review. The idea for the Facebook page was proposed at a recent public hearing as a way to share information with residents.

What’s next: After selectmen review the Facebook page, Plante will announce when the page is ready to launch.

Roads update

What happened: Plante gave an update on road projects.

What it means: Paving on North Whitman School Road is complete. Paving on Bear Pond Road should begin this week.

What’s next: Waterlines have been installed on North Hill Road and paving should start the next two to three weeks.

Alarm company

What happened: Plante announced the town switched fire alarm companies.

What it means: Simplex Grinnel has raised its fees every year. The town now contracts with Eastern Fire of Auburn and will save $599 a year.

Audit

What happened: Plante announced the annual audit is done and the report is due by the end of the month.

Budget Committee bylaws

What happened: Plante presented selectmen a copy of the amendments to the Budget Committee’s bylaws.

What’s next: Selectmen agreed to revisit the amendments at their next meeting.

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