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Town Agenda and Council Packets for Monday 08-25-2014

stacks_of_paper_407Here is your chance to see what the Council is getting for information for Mondays meeting.

6:00 P.M.
The Town Council will meet with the Parks Commission and Town Manager to discuss the Fort Foster Management Plan.
August 25, 2014 Kittery Town Council Council Chambers Regular Meeting Agenda 7:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order
2. Introductory
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Roll Call
5. Agenda Amendment and Adoption
6. Town Manager’s Report
7. Acceptance of Previous Minutes – 8/11/14
8. Interviews for the Board of Appeals and Planning Board
9. All items involving the town attorney, town engineers, town employees or other town consultants or requested officials.
a. (080314-1) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on the renewal application of Delta Amusement, Inc., 182 State Road, Kittery for a Special Activity Amusement Permit for Navy Yard Bar & Billiard, 182 State Road.
b. (080314-2) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Town Charter, Section 1.05 Qualifications for municipal office.
c. (080314-3) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing in accordance with Section 6.09 (4) of the Kittery Town Charter, to transfer appropriations between accounts and carry forward requests.
a. Discussion by members of the public (three minutes per person)
b. Response to public comment directed to a particular Councilor
c. Chairperson’s response to public comments
ORGACCOUNT BALANCE TRANSFERS ORGACCOUNT BALANCE TRANSFERS 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(7,915.00)$ TO101310POLICE7,915.00$ 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(3,750.00)$ TO101320FIRE3,750.00$ 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(8,930.00)$ TO101330STREET LIGHTS8,930.00$ 101110ADMINISTRATION(16,010.00)$ TO101721PLANNING16,010.00$ 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(53,000.00)$ TO101410HIGHWAY53,000.00$ 101230DEBT SERVICE(2,000.00)$ TO101740MISC ACCOUNTS6,350.00$ 103000OTHER INSURANCES(10,450.00)$ TO101740MISC ACCOUNTS6,100.00$ 103000OTHER INSURANCES(3,410.00)$ TO101840PORT AUTHORITY3,410.00$ 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(40,125.00)$ TO101830RECREATION40,125.00$ 101110ADMINISTRATION(540.00)$ TO101520WELFARE540.00$ 101115COUNCIL(3,475.00)$ TO101520WELFARE3,475.00$ 101130ELECTIONS(1,953.00)$ TO101520WELFARE1,953.00$ 101210ASSESSING(3,000.00)$ TO101520WELFARE3,000.00$ 101230DEBT SERVICE(610.00)$ TO101520WELFARE610.00$ 101350CIVIL EMERGENCY(62.11)$ TO101520WELFARE62.11$ 101540COMMUNITY AGENCIES(1,714.00)$ TO101520WELFARE1,714.00$ 101710CODE ENFORCEMENT(655.00)$ TO101520WELFARE655.00$ 101730IN TOWN PARKS(888.00)$ TO101520WELFARE888.00$ 101350CIVIL EMERGENCY(97.89)$ TO101520WELFARE97.89$ 101210ASSESSING(1,090.00)$ TO101520WELFARE1,090.00$ 101230DEBT SERVICE(13,000.00)$ TO101520WELFARE13,000.00$ 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(33,185.01)$ TO101520WELFARE33,185.01$ 101730IN TOWN PARKS(121,002.00)$ TO101735 FT FOSTER / SEAPOINT / CRESCENT 121,002.00$ Transfers to Special Revenue Funds101340HYDRANT RENTALS(2,100.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES2,100.00$ -$ 101350CIVIL EMERGENCY(1,190.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES1,190.00$ 101710CODE ENFORCEMENT(200.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES200.00$ 101720PLANNING BOARD & BOA(1,560.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES1,560.00$ 101730IN TOWN PARKS(26,764.71)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES26,764.74$ 101750BANK FEES(500.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES500.00$ 101930RESOURCE RECOVERY CENTER(1,755.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES1,755.00$ 103000OTHER INSURANCES(3,040.00)$ TO2015OTHER FUNDS – BANK LEASES3,040.00$ Carry Forward101130ELECTIONS1,115.00$ Carry Forward & Transfer101740MISC. ACCOUNTS2,000.00$ transfer to101721PLANNING2,000.00$
a. Donations/gifts received for Council disposition
(080314-4) The Kittery Town Council moves to accept a check in the amount of $9,250 from York Hospital, for Recreation Programs, to be deposited in account #5003-43600 York Hospital Scholarships.
b. (080314-5) The Kittery Town Council moves to release $35,513.09 from unassigned funds, as approved by the voters on the June 11, 2013 Secret Ballot, to cover the overage in that budget.
c. (080314-6) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve a renewal application from Delta Amusement, Inc., 182 State Road, Kittery for a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License for Navy Yard Bar & Billiard, 182 State Road.
d. (080314-7) The Kittery Town Council moves to give approval for the Charity Defense Council to use Memorial Field on June 25th (8am-5pm) and the 26th (4:30pm-12pm), 2015, for the Charity Defense Council March. In addition they are requesting that any fees be waived for such use.
e. (080314-8) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the disbursement warrants.
f. (080314-9) The Town Council moves to discuss its upcoming workshop on September 15th with the Kittery Port Authority.
g. (090314-10) The Kittery Town Council moves to schedule a public hearing on a proposed amendment to Title 2 Administration and Personnel, Chapter 2.3 Personnel System Generally
a. Communications from the Chairperson
b. Committee Reports

06-24-2014 Current Kittery Beach Readings

This is a work in progress post. We are still working on a user freindly format.




as on 06-24-2014.

You’re driving the kids to the beach on a beautiful spring day and the thought creeps into your mind – is the water clean? Don’t wonder. Look it up on OURKITTERY. The Town of Kittery tests the beach waters after rain storms and occasionally throughout the summer.  The  data will be updated through out the swimming seasons. the current tests for our beaches are: 

 Sea Point Beach                     5

Crescent Beach                      10


Scuba Beach                           5


Horn Point Beach                   5


Baby Beach (Pier)                  10


Two weeks of great readings


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Some interesting facts

  Single Sample Maximum Allowable Density per 100 mL
Water Type Indicator Acceptable Swimming-Associated Gastroenteritis Rate per 1000 Swimmers Steady State Geometric Mean Indicator Density per 100 mL Designated Beach Area (upper 75% C.L.) Moderate Full Body Contact Recreation (upper 82% C.L.) Lightly Used Full Body Contact Recreation (upper 90% C.L.) Infrequently Used Full Body Contact Recreation (upper 95% C.L.)
Freshwater E. coli 8 126 235 298 409 575
enterococci 8 33 61 78 107 151
Marine Water E. coli 19 35 104 158 276 501

What microorganisms could be in recreational water?

Recreational waters at ponds, lakes and coastal beaches are sometimes polluted by pathogens (bacteria, viruses and protozoans) from fecal contamination. These microorganisms can come from untreated sewer discharges (e.g. sewer overflows or sewage treatment plant malfunctions), failing septic systems, storm water, boat wastes, pets, wildlife (e.g. geese) and farm animals.

Why is this a concern?

Some of the pathogens found in contaminated water can cause minor illnesses such as gastroenteritis (characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or fever) or upper respiratory (ear, nose and throat) infections to exposed swimmers. Highly polluted water can occasionally cause more serious diseases such as typhoid fever, dysentery, hepatitis and cholera. To protect public health, beaches must be closed, or an advisory posted, when the potential for fecal contamination is too high.

What are indicator bacteria and where do they come from?

Public health agencies use measurements of fecal indicator bacteria such as E. coli or enterococci to determine the potential for fecal contamination and to compare to public health-based thresholds. Like the pathogens they represent, fecal indicator bacteria are found in feces of both human sources (e.g. sewer discharges, and failing septic systems) and non-human sources (e.g. pets, waterfowl, and farm animals). Indicator bacteria are used because it is difficult to measure the actual pathogens themselves.

What levels of indicator bacteria are considered acceptable?

Based on studies conducted in the 1980s, EPA has determined that a geometric mean (a measure of an overall average) in samples from recreational waters of less than 126 E. coli per 100 milliliters (ml) of fresh water or 35 enterococci per 100 ml of salt water is acceptable for protection of swimming. The geometric mean should be calculated from more than five samples within the previous 30 days. If a single sample exceeds 235 E. coli per 100 ml in freshwater and 104 enterococci per 100 ml in salt water, EPA recommends that the beach be closed, or posted, for swimming until levels are lower. (Some states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, recommend that advisories be posted at more protective levels of indicator bacteria.) Because elevated fecal indicator bacteria are often associated with storm water runoff, some agencies post beaches preemptively if rainfall exceeds a set amount, based on site-specific studies.

What laboratory methods are recommended for indicator bacteria?

There are several EPA-approved laboratory methods for measuring the abundance of E. coli or enterococci in recreational waters. These methods generally take 24 or 48 hours before a result is known. EPA recommends that 24 hour methods be used to minimize the time between sample collection and swimmer exposure. EPA approved 24 hour membrane filtration methods are available at the Analytical Methods web site. Alternative popular 24 hour tests, such as the multiple-well fermentation tests for enterococci and E. coli (Enterolert® and Colilert®, respectively) manufactured by IDEXX Laboratories (Westbrook, ME) are also approved for recreational waters.

How should beaches be monitored?

State public health or environmental agencies are ultimately responsible to determine appropriate regulations and protocols for beach sampling and closure thresholds, based on EPA recommendations and their own experience.

EPA recommends that the frequency and locations for sampling depend on the size of the beach, the amount of use, potential pollution sources, and the history of beach closures. For most beaches, EPA recommends water quality sampling at least once weekly during the swimming season before, during or right after high swimming activity (usually on the weekends). In addition, testing should be conducted after rain events, which often result in elevated indicator bacteria levels. For beaches with chronic water quality problems, samples should be collected more frequently. For beaches with low potential for pollution sources, and a demonstrated history of clean water, a less frequent sampling regime is sufficient.

Samples should be collected in areas of high bather density, and between swimming areas and potential pollution sources. To better characterize the water quality at a beach, multiple samples should be collected at longer beaches. Both Connecticut and Rhode Island recommend that two samples be collected if the linear length of the beach is greater than 300 feet, and three samples if greater than 700 feet. New Hampshire recommends that two samples be collected at each beach; three samples if the beach length is greater than 100 feet.

EPA recommends that water samples be collected in water between knee and waist depth (about three feet). Samples should be collected between six and twelve inches below the surface, and no greater than one foot from the bottom. Recent research has indicated that indicator bacteria are slightly more abundant in shallower waters, possibly due to resuspension of sand or sediment.

Samples should be collected in the morning for two reasons. Given the 24 hour laboratory incubation time, this allows health authorities sufficient time to post a beach before swimmers are exposed. In addition, recent research has suggested that indicator bacteria are slightly more abundant in the morning, than in the afternoon.

Who monitors beaches and makes decisions on posting advisories?

Ponds, lakes and coastal beaches are usually regulated and monitored by State or local authorities. If a beach is town-owned and operated, usually the town (or district) health department monitors the water quality and closes the beach (or posts an advisory) if indicator bacteria levels exceed the public health-based thresholds. In some cases, a sewer district may be responsible for monitoring water quality at beaches. If the beach is state-owned or operated by a state park, the state usually monitors the beaches on a regular basis. For example, the state of Connecticut routinely monitors beaches at its state parks, and the Metropolitan District Commission in Massachusetts monitors beaches under its jurisdiction in the Boston area. In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for monitoring water quality in the twelve New England reservoirs in which beaches are maintained and the National Park Service is responsible for monitoring water quality at Cape Cod National Seashore and Acadia National Park beaches.

How do I find out if a beach is posted or closed?

Most beaches will have a sign or a flag indicating the status of the beach. State public health agencies have also established web sites or telephone hot lines to notify the public of water quality conditions (see ” Beach Monitoring Programs“. Some states issue press releases to the media to announce whether a beach has been posted, or re-opened after a closure.

Who should I contact for more information for the beaches in my state?

For EPA New England beach staff and related web sites: EPA Contacts.

For state beach staff and links to information on beaches in your state: Beach Monitoring Programs.

Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, & 10 Tribal Nations

J-1 Coalition news for visiting students

J1from the Portsmouth Herald.

Effort made to welcome foreign student workers
May 15, 2014 2:00 AM

KITTERY, Maine — The Seacoast J1 Hospitality Coalition is preparing to welcome as many as 70 foreign students arriving in town to work this summer.

The coalition was formed late last summer to help students with everything from transportation to housing to information about services in the Seacoast. This will be its first full season as an organization.

Town Councilor Jeff Thomson, who has spearheaded the group, said a core of about 12 Seacoast residents, mostly from Kittery, have stepped up to help the students. Thomson was moved to begin the coalition after learning of students who arrived in Kittery last summer without a place to stay, who had limited language skills and did not know the area.

According to Thomson, one of the key efforts being offered by the coalition is a bicycle rental program. To date, about 15 bikes have been donated, which were then fixed up by coalition member Don Gray.

The coalition is always looking for good used bikes, as students often have no way to travel between where they live and their jobs. Kittery residents may drop bikes off at the freebie barn at the town transfer station when it is open Wednesdays and Saturdays. Thomson said he also intends to call the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to see if it can assist with providing helmets and reflectors, but good used helmets are welcomed.

Coalition member Joan Feldmeier of Eliot has agreed to lead a group of volunteers who will help students with more significant transportation needs. These drivers will pick students up at the C&J Trailways bus terminal in Portsmouth when they first arrive, and will also take them to the grocery store, mall and the like as needed.

Paul Sorli, owner of the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. restaurant and a regular coalition member, is putting together a packet of information including maps, location of launderettes, COAST bus schedules and the like.

Another volunteer has agreed to take students farther afield to cultural destinations like Boston or Salem, Mass., on days off, Thomson said.

Unfortunately, he said, the group has been less successful in finding housing for students. He said it has identified some landlords willing to rent to students, and hopes to convince local motel owners to rent one or two rooms through the summer to students. But he said he is gratified at the work the group has been able to accomplish since forming.

All information is being placed on Organizations that contract with students are being made aware of the Web site, and will inform students to look there for information, Thomson said.

The coalition’s next meeting is May 27 at 6:30 p.m. It is also holding a welcoming dinner June 24 at 4 p.m. at the Portsmouth Gas Light. Those interested in making a donation to the coalition’s efforts may send a tax-deductible contribution to the Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation, P.O. Box 360, Kittery, ME 03904.

Kittery Board and Committee List

Attached is the most current Board and Committee list.  It is labeled ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS. (revised 12/03/12). It is available as a PDF document, Word Document and as HTML. As you will see there may be some openings and a few terms that are about to end. Some of these committees have pools of applicants or a waiting list while others do not. This will be explored in greater detail in the coming weeks. As always, it will be posted on “ourkittery” as soon possible.

Below is three ways to see the current information.

 Elected and Appointed Officials (Download PDF)

Elected and Appointed Officials (Download word Doc)

Elected and Appointed Officials (Web PAGE Style)

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