THOMASTON — The Thomaston Select Board tasked Town Manager Kara George with investigating a code of ethics for all town boards and committees at their Monday, Nov. 22 meeting.

This came at the request of Chair Diane Giese, following a workshop between the Planning Board and the Comprehensive Plan Committee which she said lacked give and take.

“It was certainly nothing like a collaborative event, even though it was listed as a workshop,” Giese said. She said the workshop left her feeling disheartened and dismayed.

“We should aim to be less divisive,” Giese said. “And to be more collegial, embracing, fair-minded and polite.”

Giese also said the meeting should have been streamed to the municipality’s Town Hall Streams account.

“In a lot of ways I would have been embarrassed to have had a video,” Giese said. She added that only executive sessions should not be streamed.

In other business, George said property tax bills are available online, but the physical bills being mailed out was delayed this year due to a software issue.

George contacted Maine Municipal Association’s legal services department and was told the town cannot change the tax due date, or exempt interest charges due to Maine taxation laws.

The town office will be open extended hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 to facilitate the tax payments.

George said steps have been taken to avoid the delay next year, and the mill rate had been reduced to 21.53, which was half a mill reduction from last year. The mill rate is used to determine property taxes.

The board appointed Shlomit Auciello to the Harbor Committee, and accepted the resignations of Christopher Barstow from the Recreation Committee and Jeanne Short from the Comprehensive Plan Committee.

The board was set to confirm the appointment of Joseph Booth as a full-time patrol officer, but Booth decided to stay with his current employer.

The Monday, Dec. 27 board meeting was cancelled barring an emergency, due to the holiday.

Full video of the meeting is available at

The next board meeting is Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. after a joint workshop with the Comprehensive Plan Committee.