ELIOT, Maine — The Select Board voted Thursday to bring in additional planning support for the town and to move ahead on an updated sewer ordinance.
The board approved a contract with the Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission to provide planning services to the town.
For fiscal year 2020, an SMPDC planner will work in town offices for 1.5 days week and attend Planning Board meetings twice a month. The planner will provide support in the writing of ordinances, review development projects and provide support and guidance on procedures. Office hours will be a half day on Mondays and a full day on Thursdays when the planner will be available to answer questions from the public and staff.
In preparation for a November town vote on a revised sewer ordinance and ordinance appendices, the board approved a contract for $5,000 with Underwood Engineers to update the ordinance. The updated ordinance, if approved, would help the town deal with private sewer systems in town.
If an owner of a private system meets ordinance standards for repair and operation, the town will accept the system.
Underwood will gather feedback from stakeholders, attend a workshop and public hearing and suggest updates to the sewer policy and procedures document. Lee said Underwood will provide the recommendations to the Select Board by late August.
In other business
The board approved a bid from Palmer and Sicard for $12,390 for a ventilation system at the Public Works Garage. Funds will include $8,000 approved earlier in the Capital Improvement and Energy Committee’s budget and $4,390 from the Public Works budget. Since two bids were received, the board waived the three-bid rule for contracts of more than $5,000.
Fire Chief Jay Muzeroll gave the board an update on installing Fire Department and Police Department radio repeaters on a cell tower owned by Castle Communications. After negotiations, the owner agreed on a location on the tower for the equipment. Muzeroll asked the board for Two Way Communications to be the sole-source vendor for the project, which the board approved. Muzeroll said the budget of $35,000 for the repeaters may not be enough. He suggested Fire Department personnel build the maintenance building on the tower site and a less powerful back-up generator be installed.