Lincolnville to sell town-owned property

By Jenna Lookner | Dec 17, 2012

Lincolnville — On Dec. 10 Lincolnville selectmen authorized the sale of a town-owned parcel on South Cobbtown Road.

Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney said the property was acquired by the town in February 2012 after the previous owner, Ducktrap Resources Inc., failed to pay property taxes on the 2.3 acre parcel. During a special town meeting Feb. 13, Lincolnville voters authorized the board of selectmen to sell the property by a means deemed advisable, according to Kinney.

The town recently obtained a judgment from the registry of deeds against Ducktrap Resources Inc., according to a Dec. 7 newsletter to selectmen from Kinney. The judgment "has the effect of a deed of quitclaim of the property from all the defendants named to the town," according to the newsletter, allowing selectmen the freedom to dispose of the property.

The newsletter provided a list of potential actions including multiple options for the sale of the property — Kinney said he does not "foresee a municipal need for the property" — and recommended a vote to sell it.

Kinney said selectmen voted to sell the parcel through direct advertising. According to town records, the parcel has an assessed value $25,000 and Kinney said that will be the advertised asking price.

Kinney described the property as a "partially cleared home site" and said there is a rough access road leading to the cleared area.

Several interested parties have contacted Kinney since the town acquired the property, he said. He added he plans to contact those people to notify them of the town's intent to sell the parcel and the set asking price.

The property is lot 25 on tax map 29.

Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at jlookner@courierpublicationsllc.com

Comments (4)
Posted by: Jessica Chester | Dec 17, 2012 19:40

get your facts straight TM..I live on S. Cobbtown Rd....the party that owned that land did not pay taxes and did not pay road fees for many many years.  I am glad that the town took it...and $25000 is a steal for this road...my land is worth way more than that...



Posted by: KERYN LAITE | Dec 17, 2012 13:37

I am sure there was more than enough opportunity to prevent this tax forclosure from happeninig. The town is not in the business of " steeling property" and 25000.00 is really not a ridiculous asking price. Although I do not attend municipal meetings as I should so I am not as well versed on this subject as others seem to be. Obviously, if there is more information that should be out there then by all means    "spill it" 



Posted by: Edward G Hurlburt | Dec 17, 2012 10:35

Do you know something about this that the rest of us don't?  I'm all for hearing the facts which, if I'd attended public meetings (as is both our responsibility and right) - I might have learned first hand.   Blaming "Lincolnville town government" - really blames all of us who vote, take a stand, or choose not to take a stand. 



Posted by: N H | Dec 17, 2012 08:40

Way to go lincolnville, steal the property then sell it to someone for an inflated price.  Typical lincolnville town government operation.



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