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FROM:     Edward Bowie, Chairman


date:     January 7, 2009


subject:  Meeting Tuesday, January 6, 2009


The next Commission meeting will be held on Tuesday February 3, 2009 at 9:00 A.M., at the Key Bank Plaza, 286 Water Street, Augusta ME. 





1.  Approve the January 6, 2009 minutes


2.  Discuss pending matters, complaints,

Responses, application, etc.


3.  New Business


4.  Public Comments



Minutes of January 6, 2009 Meeting


Members Present:

Ed Bowie, Chairman

Dwight Doughty, DOT

Don Robbins, Public Member

Thomas Weddle, MGS








Others Present:

Paul Gauvreau, AAG

Carol Champagne, Board Clerk

Joe Gallant, Driller

Dean Getchell, Inspector

Richard Dunham, Driller

Ellen Paoletti, Lee ME





Call to Order:


The Meeting was called to order at 9:15 AM.


Approval of December 2, 2008 meeting minutes:


Don Robbins motioned to accept the December 2008 minutes.  Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion.  Passed


Financial Report: 


Ed Bowie meet with Roger Crouse on the financial status of the Commission. The process is slow but Ed feels the New Year will be up to date.


Update on Complaints:


Ellen Paoletti - Dunham Well Drilling:


Mr. Dunham requested an extension until June due to the time of year and difficult area and Mr Dunhams’s driller is not here at this time.  Mr Dunham also had surgery on his wrist.


The driller is required to make all reasonable effort to correct the problem.


Don Robbins made a motion for the Commission to alter the deadline to February 10, 2009 for discussion on postponement at the next meeting.  Tom Weddle 2nd the motion.  Passed


Mrs. Paoletti came into the meeting during the discussion and Ms Paoletti agreed with postponing the corrective action until June 2009.  


Don Robbins made a motion to extend the deadline until June 15, 2009, both parties agreed.  Dwight Doughty 2nd the motion.  Passed


Setback Reduction Notification form for well for Richard Varnum in Dover-Foxcroft:


The Setback Reduction Notification Form on Richard Varnum’s Well was received with corrections. Accepted by the Commission.


 A question for the Commission was presented as to who is to abandon the Noble Smith’s original well that was drilled 10 feet from the leachfield. Fred Perry, the driller of the well, is not licensed now and retired. 


Paul Gauvreau replied that the Corrective Order stated that Mr. Perry either repair the well up to standards listed in the “Rules”or properly abandon the well.  Therefore, it is Mr. Perry’s obligation and he is responsible. 


If Mr. Perry does not do the work or find someone to do it for him he will be facing further action from the Attorney General’s Office.


The abandonment must be followed with the Commission’s instructions.  The licensed person must contact the Commission to make sure the method is appropriate according to the Well Driller & Pump Installer Rules.  A mixture of neat cement with a tremie pipe must be used because of salt water. The Jaswell seals and liner shall be removed prior to grouting. 


New Complaints:




Closed Complaints:




Specialty Well Applications:




Specialty Well Applications done in House”


     Chris Clark, Georgetown METemple Well Drilling Inc


Exams requested:



Examinations Passed in January 2009:  


Michael Magnin, Boart Longyear, Passed his Master Well Driller’s license.


New Business:




      Paul Gauvreau passed out a revised copy of the Statutes.  Discussion followed.


Meeting Dates for 2009 


          January 6, 2009         July 7, 2009

          February 3, 2009        August 4, 2009

          March 3, 2009           September 1, 2009

          April 7, 2009           October 6, 2009

          May 5, 2009             November 3, 2009

          June 2, 2009            December 1, 2009


Subject to change.


The next Well Drillers Meeting will be:  Tuesday February 3, 2009, at 9:00, Key Bank, 286 Water Street, Augusta ME.



Meeting Adjourned 11:30 A.M.