The Board of Selectmen has set the warrant for the special town meeting next month.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at the Brooklin School Library.
The board on Tuesday approved the three articles for the special town meeting.
One article asks whether the town will accept a gift of approximately four acres of land from Virginia Haynes. According to Chairman Albie Smith, the property is adjacent to the ball field at the school.
Attorneys for Haynes have indicated to the town that she would like to have the transaction completed in this calendar year. Smith said the town’s attorney wrote to Haynes’ lawyer to notify them of the town’s intention to put the matter before voters.
The town had received an offer of a second, larger parcel of land, but that offer has been tabled due to concerns of one of the family members.
The remaining articles deal with transfers of funds. The first article asks what sum the town will authorize to transfer from the Salt Contamination Account to pay the disposal costs incurred by the town when it removed junk and debris from property located at 736 Bay Road. The board recommends the transfer of $4,400.
The second article seeks authorization to transfer $2,379 from the same account and $3,500 from undesignated funds to the Town Landing Account.
The funds would be used for a planned project to provide additional parking along the east side of Naskeag Point Road specifically for trucks with boat trailers attached. The project involves brush removal and fill, and will cost about $3,500 based on an estimate from the town’s road commissioner, Neil Allen. If the voters approved the transfer, Allen plans to do the work this year, so the area will be ready for the fishing season next spring, according to board member Deborah Brewster.
The remainder of the transferred funds would be used to repaint the lines in the parking area at the town landing and for additional signs in the area.
The board finally received a response from FairPoint Communications regarding its concerns about the lack of availability of high speed internet from the company in wide areas in town. The response, however, was vague and there seemed to be confusion about the town’s concerns, Brewster said.
The emailed FairPoint response indicated that the town should put the company in touch with individuals who wanted the high speed service, according to Brewster.
“That’s not the problem,” she said. “We have whole sections of town that can’t get high speed internet.”
Brewster said she has written another email explaining the board’s position.
“I mentioned that we have 77 home-based businesses in town,” she said. “They can’t compete without high speed internet.”
Smith reported the town had distributed county funds from a wind turbine project in Township 16 to veterans in town.
The funds were reimbursement through a negotiated Community Benefit Agreement with Blue Sky East. This year, $200,001 went into a community benefit account. Of that amount, the Hancock County Commissioners opted to distribute $97,969 to property tax paying veterans or their widows in the county towns. Brooklin’s share of that amount was $1,802.
Smith said the town’s tax collector had notified 30 or so veterans that $50 had been applied to reduce their local property tax bill this year. If the bill already had been paid, the funds will be applied to next year’s bill.
The board appointed Sam Friend to a one-year term as town constable and appointed Linda Graceffa as an alternate member of the planning board. Smith noted the planning board now has its full complement of five members and two alternates.
At a meeting held on October 15, the selectmen put on hold plans for a solar energy system that would provide electricity for school and municipal buildings.
The board had received estimates on the cost of a solar energy system designed to provide power to the elementary school and the fire station, the two biggest users of power, and was considering the possibility of including the project on the warrant for the annual town meeting next April.
After a recent meeting with Mike Sealander, the chairman of the school board, they opted to seek additional information about solar power.
“There’s a lot more to know about solar energy,” Selectman Mike Roy said. “We need to set up a committee to research more about it and make sure we’ve got the right fit for the town. We’re just scratching the surface.”
Smith suggested that instead of establishing a new committee, the task of researching solar energy could be delegated to the comprehensive plan committee. That committee has just begun meeting to review and update the town’s comprehensive plan.