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December 19, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Council Chambers
93 Cottage
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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Town Council

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Bar Harbor Town Council

December 19, 2017


I.                    CALL  TO  ORDER – 7:00 p.m. – Town Council Chambers

A.    Excused Absence(s) – Requests from Councilors Early Ward and Noonan to be excused.

II.                 COMMITTEE  APPOINTMENTS – Application of Amy Powers for appointment to the Cruise Ship Committee, as representative with knowledge of cruise ship industry in the State of Maine, for a term expiring July 2020.

III.              PUBLIC  COMMENT  PERIOD – The Town Council allows at this time up to fifteen minutes of public comment on any subject not on the agenda and not in litigation with a maximum of three minutes per person.

IV.              APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES – December 5, 2017

V.                ADOPTION  OF  AGENDA

VI.              FINANCIAL  STATEMENTS – Review and possible adoption of a motion to accept the financial statements as presented.

VII.           CONSENT  AGENDA – A single vote has been scheduled to approve the following routine items of business without discussion, unless individual agenda item action is requested by a Councilor:

A.    Statutory Officer Appointments – Possible adoption of a motion to confirm the Town Manager’s appointment of the slate of Statutory Officers as presented and to record the slate in the minutes of this meeting.

B.     Certification of Property Owners and Abutters Mailing Lists – Possible passage of a motion to sign the certification of the mailing list used for the 3 notices of the Planning Board’s December 20, 2017 public hearings on the Land Use Ordinance Amendments for June 12, 2018.

1.      Adoption of the Statewide timber harvesting standards and repeal of Forest Management and Timber Harvesting Provisions in the Land Use Ordinance.

2.      Shoreland Zoning Corrections Required by DEP.

3.      Integration of Appendix C (Table of Permitted Uses) and individual Official Neighborhood District Maps into Article III (Land Use Activities and Standards.

C.     Working Capital Designation – Possible passage of a motion that the Town, in accordance with its Fund Balance Policy, designate in the Assigned Fund Balance section of the General Fund an amount equal to $1,941,000 to be labeled Assigned For Working Capital.



A.     FY17 Audit - Report of auditor James W. Wadman, CPA on the town’s financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

B.     Police Sharing Agreement with Town of Mount Desert – Update from Police Chief Willis.

C.     Island Fire/EMS Training Facility – Update from Fire Chief Bartlett and possible action to move forward with funding and possible Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with Island towns.

D.    Cruise Ship Committee – Recommendation of Cruise Ship Committee that Council extends the Harbor Master’s authority to exercise his discretion to exceed the passenger limit up to 200 passengers for the entire season.

E.     Fuel Tank Lease – Possible motion to authorize the Town Manager to sign a lease with B.H. Piers for the purpose of providing boat fuel to all members of the public.

F.      Ferry Terminal – Possible approval (or amended) of the proposed Bar Harbor Ferry Property Business Plan by B&A.

G.    POLCO – Possible action on the recommendations of Nina St. Germain as presented at last meeting, December 5, 2017.

H.    Treasurer’s Warrant – Request of Treasurer to authorize paid bills.



XI.              EXECUTIVE  SESSION:    (None Anticipated)



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