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    PRESQUE ISLE CITY COUNCIL

    Minutes

Place: Council Chambers, City Hall

    Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

    Time: 6:00 p.m.

    1. Call to Order Roll Call

     Present:

     Calvin Hall, Chairman Edwin Nickerson

     Ronald McPherson Jennifer Trombley

     Donald Gardner

     Absent:

     Richard Scott Walter Elish

     Chairman Hall called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

2. Pledge of Allegiance

     City Councilors led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    City Councilors held a moment of silence for Peter Shaw who worked

    in the Solid Waste Department.

3. Public Hearings

    A. Automobile Graveyard, Junkyard and Recycling Business

    application by Geary S. Bonville, d/b/a G.S. Bonville and Son, 228

    Chapman Road

     There were no public comments.

    Be it resolved by Councilor Nickerson, seconded by Councilor

    McPherson, to approve the Automobile Graveyard and Junkyard

    application with conditions for Geary S. Bonville, d/b/a G.S. Bonville

    & Son, 228 Chapman Road (expires 10-01-2006).

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    Conditions Include:

(1) that the materials stored and handled are limited to the following items:

    (a) unserviceable, discarded, worn-out or junked motor vehicles; (b)

    discarded worn-out or junked plumbing, heating supplies, household

    appliances, and furniture; (c) discarded, scrap and junk lumber, and (d)

    old or scrap copper, brass, iron, steel and other scrap ferrous or non-

    ferrous metals.

    (2) that the outside storage or handling site does not exceed three (3) acres

    in area;

    (3) that a system of containment shall be utilized to collect, recycle, or

    properly dispose in a licensed facility of all liquid wastes including; oil,

    transmission, brake and coolant fluids and all spilled battery acids;

    (4) that there is no burning of any substance;

    (5) that there is no disposal or release to the environment of any solid,

    special or hazardous wastes;

    (6) that the outside storage of handling site is not located on a 100 year

    flood plain, within 300 feet of a classified body of water, or on a sand

    and gravel deposit; and

    (7) that a representative of the Presque Isle Water District shall be allowed

    to inspect the premises at any time for purposes of water supply

    protection.

Vote 5-0

Be it resolved by Councilor Nickerson, seconded by Councilor

    McPherson, to approve an Recycling Business Permit application for

    Geary S. Bonville, d/b/a G.S. Bonville & Son, 228 Chapman Road,

    the same conditions apply as previously mentioned (expires 10-01-

    2010). Vote 5-0

B. Automobile Graveyard and Junkyard application by Timothy

    Cowett, d/b/a Cowett’s Used Auto Parts, 259 Fort Road

There were no public comments.

Be it resolved by Councilor McPherson, seconded by Councilor

    Nickerson, to approve the Automobile Graveyard and Junkyard

    application with no conditions for Timothy Cowett, d/b/a Cowett’s

    Used Auto Parts, 259 Fort Road (expiring 10-01-2006). Vote 5-0

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    C. Automobile Graveyard by Fred Bonville, d/b/a Fred’s Auto,

    204 Chapman Road

Kenny Allen, property owner of 191 Chapman Road, was present to

    support the application as long as there is no expansion to the

    automobile graveyard itself. Mr. Allen is against having vehicles

    piled on Beryl Kenney’s property up to the train tracks.

Mr. Allen provided a copy of a letter submitted by Beryl Kenney

    giving permission to use his abutting property for the purpose of

    storing salvage vehicles on.

Randall Cyr, property owner of 190 Chapman Road, stated he is the

    nearest property to the automobile graveyard. There are cars that are

    piled, stored and stripped on the section of land owned by Mr. Kenney.

    There is no fence around the property and visible to him and the road.

    Mr. Cyr indicated he had no problem with Mr. Bonville maintaining

    his 4.5 acres as an automobile graveyard, but has a problem if he

    infringes onto Mr. Kenney’s property.

Fred Bonville stated that he rented property from Beryl Kenney,

    which abuts Mr. Cyr’s property, with the understanding that he is

    allowed to store some vehicles there.

Be it resolved by Councilor Gardner, seconded by Councilor

    Trombley, to table the application for the Automobile Graveyard for

    Fred Bonville, 204 Chapman Road, until the May 1

    st City Council

    meeting. Vote 5-0

    Chairman Hall requested that Code Enforcement McAvaddy provide

    an opinion regarding the property in question and what the

    understanding is between the property owners as far as storing

    vehicles.

    D. Special Amusement Permit for Dancing and Entertainment

    application by Daniel R. Collins, d/b/a 19th Hole Restaurant and

    Lounge, 35 Parkhurst Siding Road

    There were no public comments.

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    Be it resolved by Councilor Gardner, seconded by Councilor

    Trombley, to approve a Special Amusement Permit for Dancing and

    thEntertainment application by Daniel R. Collins, d/b/a 19 Hole

    Restaurant and Lounge, 35 Parkhurst Siding Road. Vote 5-0

    4. Citizen Comments

    Treasurer Donald “Spike” Savage stated that the Warrant will not be ready for signatures until Friday afternoon, due to a computer glitch.

Pamela Sweetser, resident of 52 Higgins Road, was present to make a

    statement regarding the proposed North/South Highway project and

    Presque Isle by-pass. There have been surveyors present on their

    property surveying their land. If the by-pass occurs, there will more

    loss versus gains. Ms. Sweetser requested that the City Council

    revisit the by-pass issue in a fully open forum that provides complete,

    accurate and related information and that people are invited to partake.

Wayne Sweetser, also a resident a 52 Higgins Road, expressed his

    concern regarding the proposed North/South Highway project. He

    indicated that he and his wife raise beef cattle on a farm that has been

    in his family for 150 years. On the North end it would go thru his

    property and on the South it would go thru Danny Stewart’s farm. He

    requested that the City send a strong statement to MDOT and Susan

    Collins with a “no build” option. Mr. Sweeter provided a letter from Judith Powell, Executive Director of the Maine Beef Industry Council

    urging the Planning Board and Planning Director to protect Mr.

    Sweetser’s farm, land and family history.

Mr. Stevens indicated that there was a presentation made by Mr. John

    Melrose from the Maine Department of Transportation sponsored by

    the “Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development” (LEAD) for the

    Aroostook Municipal Association meeting. Mr. Melrose is willing to

    come back on May 19 to attend an “Eggs & Issues” breakfast meeting, co-sponsored by the City of Presque Isle, Chamber of Commerce and

    LEAD at the Northeastland Hotel.

The City Council will be receiving updated information regarding the

    Aroostook Transportation Study during the May 1

    stth and 15 meetings

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    Presque Isle City staff has been meeting with Caribou municipal staff

    to look at a joint effort to establish a roadway management program

    between the two communities.

    5. Old Business

     A. Funding the purchase of a Public Works plow truck

After a lengthy discussion the following action:

    Be it resolved by Councilor McPherson, seconded by Councilor Nickerson, that the City Council authorize the City Manager and City

    Treasurer to enter into a loan agreement with Katahdin Trust Co. for a

    five (5) year loan at 4.71 percent to pay for a plow truck for the public

    works department, and to apply the FEMA grant of $34,913 as down

    payment. Vote 4-1 Councilor Trombley opposed

    6. New Business

    A. Taxi Cab Service License application by Lori Hodsdon, d/b/a

    Town Taxi, 13 Laurette Street, Caribou

    Be it resolved by Councilor Trombley, seconded by Councilor McPherson, to approve a Taxi Cab Service License application by

    Lori Hodsdon, d/b/a Town Taxi, 13 Laurette Street, Caribou (for 2

    vehicles). Vote 5-0

B. Taxi Cab Service License application by Marty Clayton, d/b/a

    Aroostook Cab Company, 4 Mecon Street, Caribou

    Be it resolved by Councilor Trombley, seconded by Councilor McPherson, to approve a Taxi Cab Service License application by

    Marty Clayton, d/b/a Aroostook Cab Company, 4 Mecon Street,

    Caribou (for 3 vehicles). Vote 5-0

C. Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License application by

    Daniel R. Collins, d/b/a The 19

    th Hole Restaurant and Lounge, 35

    Parkhurst Siding Road

    Be it resolved by Councilor Gardner, seconded by Councilor Trombley, to approve a Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License

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    thapplication by Daniel R. Collins, d/b/a The 19 Hole Restaurant and

    Lounge, 35 Parkhurst Siding Road. Vote 5-0

D. Malt Liquor License application by Daniel R. Collins, d/b/a

    Riverside Inn Restaurant, 344 Main Street

Be it resolved by Councilor Gardner, seconded by Councilor

    McPherson, to approve a Malt Liquor License application by Daniel R.

    Collins, d/b/a Riverside Inn Restaurant, 344 Main Street.

    Vote 5-0

E. Pawnbroker License application by Harold Drost, d/b/a Uncle

    Sam’s, 513 Main Street

Be it resolved by Councilor McPherson, seconded by Councilor

    Trombley, to approve a Pawnbroker License application by Harold

    Drost, d/b/a Uncle Sam’s, 513 Main Street. Vote 5-0

F. Pawnbroker License application by George Jaime, d/b/a Star

    City Trading, 167 State Street

Be it resolved by Councilor Gardner, seconded by Councilor

    McPherson, to approve a Pawnbroker License application by George

    Jaime, d/b/a Star City Trading, 167 State Street, with the condition

    that he must not buy or sell firearms per order of the Police Chief.

    Vote 5-0

G. Juke Box License application by Capital Pizza Huts, Inc., 814

    Main Street, Presque Isle

Be it resolved by Councilor McPherson, seconded by Councilor

    Nickerson, to approve a Juke Box License application by Capital

    Pizza Huts, Inc., 814 Main Street, Presque Isle. Vote 5-0

H. Going Out of Business/Closing Out Sale application by Karen

    St.Peter, d/b/a Down Home Design, 719 Main Street

Be it resolved by Councilor Gardner, seconded by Councilor

    McPherson, to approve a Going Out of Business/Closing Out Sale

    7 City Council Meeting Minutes April 26, 2006 application by Karen St.Peter, d/b/a Down Home Design, 719 Main

    Street. Vote 5-0

I. Lease with Sister Mary O’Donnell Shelter for the Homeless

Patricia Mullens spoke in favor of the Sister Mary O’Donnell Shelter

    for the Homeless and stated that if the shelter would ask the citizens

    of Aroostook County they would be able to receive additional funding

    to assist with their operations.

After a lengthy dialogue, City Councilors’ consensus was to table this

    discussion until the May 1st City Council meeting and to have a representative from the Sister Mary O’Donnell Shelter for the

    Homeless present.

J. City Council Retreat

City Manager Stevens provided a copy of a memo submitted by Frank

    Bemis indicating his availability on May 31st to moderate a City

    Council retreat. The time allotted would be from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00

    p.m. at the Northeastland Hotel.

    After some discussion, consensus of City Councilors was to table this

    stdiscussion until on May 1 when all Councilors are present to coordinate calendars.

K. Approve consent agenda: City Council meeting minutes of

    April 3, 7 and 11, 2006; Warrants #12, #13 and #14 totaling

    $821,463.99

Be it resolved by Councilor Trombley, seconded by Councilor

    McPherson, to approve consent agenda: City Council meeting

    minutes of April 3, 7 and 11, 2006; Warrants #12, #13 and #14

    totaling $821,463.99. Vote 5-0

    7. Manager’s Report

     A. Presentations

City Manager Stevens provided copies of Chapters 49

    Administration of Government Ordinance and Administration of

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    Government Policy that set out the city’s current administrative

    structure for its various departments, for City Councilors to review.

A schedule for departmental presentations before the City Council

    was provided.

     B. Selection Team for Selecting a new Fire Chief

Councilor McPherson volunteered to serve on the selection team to

    hire a new Fire Chief, as a representative of the City Council.

Chairman Hall suggested tabling this issue until the May 1st meeting

    due to interest expressed by Councilor Elish in serving on the

    selection team also.

    Be it resolved by Councilor Nickerson, seconded by Councilor

    Gardner, to approve the Manager’s Report as presented. Vote 5-0

8. Announcements

     Chairman Hall read several announcements.

9. Executive Session

    A. Discussion or consideration of the use of City property or

    interests pertaining to the Northern Maine Regional Airport as

    allowed under 1 M.R.S.A. ? 405 (6)(B)

    B. Discussion of information contained in records made

    pertaining to travel expenses as allowed under 1 M.R.S.A. ? 405

    (6)(F)

    Be it resolved by Councilor McPherson, seconded by Councilor

    Gardner, to enter into executive session at 7:45 p.m. for:

    A) discussion or consideration of the use of City property or interests

    pertaining to the Northern Maine Regional Airport as allowed under 1

    M.R.S.A. ? 405 (6)(B); and

    B) Discussion of information contained in records made pertaining to

    travel expenses as allowed under 1 M.R.S.A. ? 405 (6)(F). Vote 5-0

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    Councilors came out of executive session at 8:37 p.m. with no action

    taken.

10. Adjournment

    Be it resolved by Councilor McPherson, seconded by Councilor

    Gardner, to adjourn the meeting at 8:38 p.m.

Attest:

     Nancy G. Nichols, City Clerk

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