The topics discussed at the meeting were;
Town ownership of John Paul Jones Park took another step forward recently, when the state sent a draft maintenance agreement for the town to review.
Town Manager Nancy Colbert Puff informed the KitteryTown Council on Monday night that she has received an agreement from the Maine Bureau of Parks and Land which is part of the process for Kittery to take over the Park They have managed it since 1999.
Maine Department of Transportation has owned the park since 1923 when it was part of the land acquired in the original Memorial Bridge project.
In January 2014, the Maine department of Transportation gave up its right to refuse transfer of ownership. Hopefully the process will be complete by January 2015.
The Manager updated the status of the old homestead building demolition and the security fence around the perimeter has been installed.
Preliminary approval of the Kittery School Department Budget was granted and set MAY 12th, 2014 for a public hearing.
In order to provide paving work along Route 103 as well as sidewalks along rte 103 in the future. The Town Council voted to allow the Town Manager to apply for a $650,000 federal grant. It is scheduled to be awarded in fiscal year 2017. It is for paving work along Route 103.
Kittery’s match for this grant would be $65.000. This represents 10% of the 650.000 dollar grant from the Federal Government to improve our roads.
The Boston Post Cane process is moving along. The Town of Kittery along with the Kittery Naval Museum is working on verifying the oldest living resident. This process should be concluded in the very near future.
Council voted to add Gary Beers until 12/1/14 and Niles Pinkham 12/1/16 to the Board of Appeals:
The KitteryTown Council approved the request from theThresher Memorial Project Group to conduct a dedication ceremony for Kittery’s Memorial Park on Monday, May 26′ at 10:00a.m.
The Kittery Town Council moved to authorize, in accordance with Sec. 3.2.7 of the Kittery Town Code, an alternative procurement method for consulting services by FB Environmental Associates, in the amount of $24,426, to conduct investigations that will help identify and remediate potential sources of bacterial pollution in Spruce Creek and other Kittery waterways.
The Kittery Town Council moved to authorize the submission of an application for a Transportation Capital Improvement Grant for Eligible State Aid Streets, in the amount of $650,000 with a 10% Town match in the amount of $65,000.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approved an application from Martin Marinov, 170 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, Maine for a Victualer’s License for Fresh Delights, Kittery Premium Outlets, 375 U.S. Route One, Kittery, Maine.
The Kittery Town Council moved to release funds in the amount of $12,500 from unassigned surplus for the replacement of the Pepperrell Cove holding tank.
The Kittery Town Council moved to give preliminary approval on the FY ’15 School Budget and schedule a public hearing on May 12th to adopt the FY ’15 School Budget and to schedule the Budget Validation Referendum for June 10th.
The Kittery Town Council moved to schedule a public hearing in accordance with Section 6.11 (2) of the Kittery Town Charter, to ordain an ordinance to authorize the execution of a multi-year contract, “Ambulance Service Agreement”, between the Towns of Eliot and Kittery, Maine and American Ambulance, Inc.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve a request from Boy Scout Troop #307 to hold their annual Spring camping trip at Fort Foster from May 16 through May 18, 2014.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve a renewal application from Robert’s Maine Grill LLC for a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License for Robert’s Maine Grill and Market, 326 US Route 1.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve a renewal application from Weathervane Seafoods, 31 Badgers Island West, Kittery for a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License for Weathervane Badger’s Island Deck, 31 Badger’s Island West, Kittery.
The Kittery Town Council postponed a renewal application from Badger’s Island Pizzeria Inc., for a Malt and Vinous Liquor License for Badger’s Island Pizzeria, 3 Island Avenue until April 28th.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve a request from the Kittery Fire Association to hang banners across Rogers Road in front of the Kittery Community Center and on York Hospital’s Kittery Clinic building (facing the intersection) as well as to place approximately 12 wooden signs in various locations throughout Kittery and Kittery Point, advertising the Annual Kittery Fire Association 5K Run & Walk and Pancake Breakfast, from May 1st until May 20th.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve the disbursement warrants.
The Kittery Town Council moved to review and finalize wording on the Warrant Articles for the June 10, 2014 Town Meeting/Secret Ballot Election and make its recommendations on each article.
The Kittery Town Council moved to appoint a representative to meet with the Chair of the Conservation Commission to interview Karen Saltus for her appointment to that board to until 05/31/15 (to fill the expired term of Kelly Wilsey, who did not re-apply).
The Kittery Town Council moved to appoint a representative to meet with the Chair of the Parks Commission to interview Jenny Wall for her appointment to that board as an associate member until 3/28/17 (replacing Tom Hibschman who moved from an associate to a full member).
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve the request from the Kittery/Eliot VFW Memorial Post 9394 to hold the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies on Saturday, May 24, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Walker Street.
The Kittery Town Council moved to appoint a representative to meet with the Chair of the Rice Library Board of Directors to interview Emily Bailey for appointment to that board.
The Kittery Town Council moved to approve the formula to assess sewer betterment fees using 50% unit, 25% frontage and 25% lot size for owners of land benefited by the Sewer Expansion Project.
The Kittery Town Council moved to schedule a public hearing in accordance with section 6.09 (4) of the Kittery Town Charter to authorize the Town Manager to transfer $14,000 from CIP account #4054 Pepperrell Cove Wharf and $20,185 from CIP account #4055 Port Authority Equipment Reserve, for a total amount of $34,185 to CIP account #4503 Pepperrell Cove Paving, for the underground utilities project at Bellamy Lane.
The Kittery Town Council moved to be listed as a Community Partner in promotional materials for the May 17, 2014, showing of the Maine at Work performance and discussion to be held at The Dance Hall.
Under Councilor Comments
The Lions Club and Kittery Rotary along with Pauli Rines, David Gooch and countless others who assist in “END 68 DAYS of HUNGER” were recognized for their unselfish work.
The possibility of a meeting to allow citizens to understand the assessment process and how taxes are assessed to individual homes.
J-1 Coalition groups next meeting is being scheduled. More to come on this.