Ellsworth City Council
May 18, 2020
Teleconference only via Zoom Conferencing technology
In accordance with An Act To implement Provisions Necessary to the Health, Welfare and Safety of the Citizens of Maine in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, as enacted to read: Sec G-1 1 MRSA §403-A Public proceedings through remote access during declaration of State of Emergency due to COVID-19, the meeting will be held through a ZOOM Meeting (teleconference for City Councilors and City Staff with panelists by webinar for citizens). The meeting will be broadcast live on the City of Ellsworth, Maine Facebook page and YouTube Page. The meeting will be recorded and made available live on Spectrum Channel 1303. A link for Public Access via Zoom Webinar will be posted to ellsworthmaine.gov and shared to City of Ellsworth, Maine Facebook page the morning of May 18, 2020.
1. Call to Order.
2. Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Rules of Order.
4. Adoption of the Ellsworth City Council minutes from the following meeting (s):
- April 20, 2020 Regular Meeting.
- May 4, 2020 Emergency Meeting.
5. City Manager’s Report.
6. Committee Reports.
7. Citizens’ Comments.
8. Presentation of Awards.
- Tammy Mote, for 20 years of service with the City of Ellsworth in various capacities.
- Lori Roberts, for 20 years of service with the City of Ellsworth in various capacities.
- Dwight Tilton, for 15 years of service as the Code Enforcement Officer.
- Kerri Taylor, for 5 years of service with the City of Ellsworth in various capacities.
CONSENT AGENDA: All items with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Council member so requests, in which event, the item will be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered in its normal sequence on the Agenda.
9. Council Order #052002, Request of the City Manager to hold a Special Municipal School Budget Validation Referendum Election on July 14, 2020, for the purpose of validating the school budget in conjunction with the State of Maine Primary Election. *
10. Council Order #052003, Request of the City Clerk for appointment of Wardens and Ward Clerks for the four voting districts within the City of Ellsworth for the July 14, 2020 City of Ellsworth School Budget Validation Special Municipal Referendum Election. *
11. Council Order #052004, Request of the City Clerk for approval on setting the polling places opening time as 8 AM for the July 14, 2020 City of Ellsworth School Budget Validation Special Municipal Referendum Election. *
12. Public hearing and action on the applications for issuance for the following licenses:
Shinbashi Inc. d/b/a Shinbashi Restaurant, 139 High Street, for renewal of a City Class C License (Victualer and Liquor) and renewal of a State Restaurant (Class I, II, III, IV) Malt, Spirituous and Vinous Liquor License.
Charles B. & Ariela L. Zucker d/b/a Twilite Motel, 147 Bucksport Road, for renewal of a City Lodging License.
Manny’s Greek Grill, LLC, 248 State Street Suite N for renewal of a City Class C License (Liquor and Victualer) and renewal of a State Restaurant (Class III & IV) Malt and Vinous Liquor License.
13. Presentation by Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative regarding requested Tax Increment Financing (TIF) assistance for proposed 29 unit Senior Housing Project off Foster Street.
14. Council Order #052005, Authorize the City Manager to accept a $20,000 Capacity Development Grant through the Maine Drinking Water Program.
15. Council Order #052006, Request to award a Design and Engineering Contract for the Water Street Wastewater Pump Station Project.
16. Council Order #052007, Request to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement/contract with VHB, Inc. for consulting services related to the bike/ped trail feasibility study for approximately $49,743, of which 50% will be funded by the City (budgeted TIF funds and budgeted local roads funds) and the other 50% will be funded by the MaineDOT PPI grant program award.
17. Council Order #052008, Request of the Finance Director to withdraw up to $30,000 from Capital Reserves for professional services relating to the Solar/Renewable Energy RFP including legal and technical review as well as conducting due diligence.