The regular monthly meeting of the Ellsworth City Council will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the Ellsworth City Hall Council Chambers
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 live at 1 City Hall Plaza in the City Hall Council Chambers with only the allowable number of participants according to the Governor’s executive orders. Citizens may email questions and public comments on the public hearing agenda items as well as other items this evening to Chair Dale Hamilton at email@example.com prior to and throughout the duration of the meeting. The meeting will be broadcast live on the City of Ellsworth, Maine Facebook page and YouTube Page; as well as recorded and made available live on Spectrum Channel 1303.
1. Call to Order.
2. Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Rules of Order.
4. Adoption of minutes from the following meeting of the Ellsworth City Council:
- 09/21/2020 Special Council Meeting.
- 09/21/2020 Regular Monthly Meeting. (Request to table)
5. City Manager’s Report.
6. Committee Reports.
7. Citizens’ Comments.
8. Presentation of Awards.
- Chad Bracket, for 5 years of service with the Ellsworth Public Works Department.
- Jenn Merchant, for 5 years with the Ellsworth Finance Department.
- Robert Dorr, for 10 years with the Ellsworth Fire Department.
- Keli Gancos, for 15 years with the Ellsworth Public Library.
- Ginny Derise, for 20 years with the Ellsworth Tax Department.
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. Public hearing and action on the application (s) for the following license (s):
- Louise Joy and Thomas Joy d/b/a Edward Joy & Sons, 129 North Street, for renewal of a City Junkyard/Automobile Graveyard Permit.
- James B. Card II d/b/a Jimbo’s Junkin, 62 Kylies Way, for renewal of a City Junkyard/Automobile Graveyard Permit.
10. Presentation of the Annual Update by Catherine Longley, Chief Operating Officer for the Jackson Laboratory. (Sponsored by Chair Hamilton)
11. Public hearing and action on authorizing the City Manager to enter into a twenty-year Bill Credit Agreement under the Maine Commercial and Institutional Customer Net Energy Billing – Tariff Rate Credit Program which will enable the City to purchase Bill Credits associated with the generation of solar power from a distributed generation solar project located in the City of Ellsworth for purposes of offsetting and lowering the cost of electricity for the City of Ellsworth and its component units.
12. Presentation on a community survey developed and administered by the Heart of Ellsworth (Sponsored by Chair Hamilton)
13. Council Order #102000, Presentation by Ellsworth Historic Preservation Commission on a Museum in the Streets project and approval to authorize the expenditure of $2,000 for this project. (Sponsored by the Planning Department)
14. Public hearing and action on amendments to the City of Ellsworth Code of Ordinances, Chapter 36, General Assistance Ordinance.
15. Council Order #102001, Discussion and action on approving the Fiscal Year July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 dues assessment for the Hancock County Planning Commission.
16. Council Order #102002, Request of the Finance Director for approval to encumber certain appropriation accounts.
17. Council Order #102003, Request of the Finance Director for approval to adjust the FY 2020 estimated appropriations and revenues.
18. Council Order #102004, Authorization of the Interim City Manager to execute a contract with Oak Point Associates to perform a condition assessment, gap analysis, and feasibility study regarding future needs of the Hancock County Technical Center.
19. Discussion on the use of Spring Street as an extension to the biking/walking path. (Sponsored by Councilor Blanchette)