Selectboard office assistant Gig Zboray reported to the Whitingham Selectboard that the e-waste recycling program at the transfer station had started. Disposal of televisions and computers is free and other electronic equipment is charged at 15 cents per pound for disposal. Transfer station attendant Clyde Twitchell told Zboray that everything was going well. The board decided the actual e-waste program would begin at the transfer station on August 30. Board members approved the purchase of a hoist to assist in handling the electronics.
Zboray told board members that she had set up an Excel spread sheet to compare transfer station costs with previous years. Zboray also requested to be appointed Twitchell’s alternate to the Windham Solid Waste District, in order to receive mailings and possibly attend meetings.
Town treasurer Almira Aekus discussed her draft investment policy with the board. She told board members she had consulted with two financial advisors in preparing the draft. Aekus said that she would like to move $500,000 to other modes of investment to increase the interest income. Town administrator Bonnie Jo Radasch said that she would review the policy with Zboray and Aekus and would present a final policy at the next meeting. Aekus said she had three financial advisors who would like to present investment strategies to the board once the investment policy was approved. Board member Greg Brown asked if there was a town official who would be able to evaluate the proposals, since he was not knowledgeable about financial strategy. Board member Keith Bronson responded that the town’s options were limited and nothing had to be decided until the proposals were examined.
Aekus reported that the fund balance issue would be addressed at the next meeting and the $100,000 reserve fund should be increased using any fund balance left at the end of the fiscal year. Brown said a warning would be written for Town Meeting for the money.
Road commissioner Stanley Janovsky requested a name for a private road to a development off Faulkner Road. Since there are six homes planned for the development a name is required for the private road leading to the development. Janovsky also requested a driveway permit for the development. Brown suggested the owners should choose a name.
Janovsky also showed the board the new equipment the fire department recently purchased. An Arctic Cat Prowler all-terrain vehicle, with emergency equipment, a radio, and a trailer to haul the equipment, was parked in the driveway outside the office. The two pieces of equipment as well as an Arctic Cat snowmobile with lights and a radio were purchased for $40,000. The $11,000 for the snowmobile was paid with money raised by the firefighter’s association through the ice fishing derby on Lake Sadawga, with the balance of the money coming from the fire department equipment fund. Janovsky said the Prowler had already been used in the rescue of a diabetic hiker in the Somerset area.
Under miscellaneous business, Radasch asked the board about the cell phone tower proposal which had been returned without some of the provisions requested by the board. A 15% increase of the rental fee beginning in the sixth year was omitted from the proposal. The board said the increase was necessary and must be included.