April 9, 2012 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Commissioner President Michael Acierno, Commissioner Sue Daley, Commissioner Katherine Farquhar, Town Clerk Cate McDonald, and Treasurer Susan Johnson.  Academy Manager Andrea Scanlon was away.  Present during all or portions of the meeting were Town Residents Rebecca Yount, Chris and Micole Haris, and Gazette Reporter Terri Hogan. 

Minutes: The March Commissioners Meeting Minutes were approved.

Financial:  the Financial Report was emailed prior to the meeting.  Treasurer will transfer 100K to a Capitol One account.

Water Street:  Rebecca Yount, 104 Water St, has complained to the Town about the general appearance of the yard at 301 Market Street and the parking of cars along Water Street.  She is concern that the “junk” in the yard, the general upkeep of the yard and property is negatively impacting the sale of her house.  She is concerned for her property values.  The some cars that 301 Market Street own are park at the end of her driveway and along the street.   Commissioner President Michael Acierno stated that the concern of the Town is for safe access to Water Street.  Chris Haris, 301 Market Street, stated this is the first time anyone has brought these complaints to him and he was not sure why this needs to be discussed at a meeting.  Town Clerk, also a resident of Water Street, stated that she had discussed that parking cars on both sides of Water Street does not allow for safe access for all vehicles, especially essential services.  Chris Haris stated that he talked to the recycle truck driver and the recycle truck driver said he could access the street fine.  It was pointed out to Chris Haris that the recycle truck comes on Tuesday when the Resident of 211 Market Street are not home but 211 Market Street will be home daily for the next several months.  Chris Haris and Rebecca Yount agreed that the Haris’s will park one car in her garage, one car in her carport, can park one car at 106 Water Street, and will park the remaining cars on their property abutting the house and that no cars from 301 Market Street will parking along Water Street.  This agreement seemed to please everyone.

Energy Grant Bids:  the Town Commissioners agreed to accept USA Energy proposal, per the Academy Managers recommendation.

Schoolhouse:  Roberta Staat is still interested in a long term rental of the schoolhouse, starting around July 1st.  The Town Commissioners talked about a list of items that they would like the Academy Manager to talk about with Ms. Staat:  porta potty cost and location; increase cost of the schoolhouse operations in the winter months due to base board heating.  Also, will need a specific rental agreement for this rental with concerns about who is responsible for any items in the schoolhouse (ie:  antiques, paint supplies) and the Town’s insurance policy would need to be updated to reflect the rental.

 Maintenance:  the exterior of the schoolhouse will be painted; painter will be asked to check for excessive moisture damage as the paint on the North Street side is peeling more than on the other sides.

Amphitheatre Sign stolen:  The recently install sign that banned ban all recreational fires in the Amphitheatre area went missing.  The Town will inform all Residents that amnesty will be granted to anyone that might know what happened to the sign.

Open Discussion: none

The meeting adjourned at 9:25p.m.

Cate McDonald