Owls Head selectmen consider offer for abandoned property

By George Chappell | Dec 04, 2012
Photo by: George Chappell A buyer from Hawaii is considering the purchase of the 2.5-acre parcel at 154 South Shore Drive in Owls Head. The building would be razed as part of the agreement. The town acquired the property through unpaid back taxes.

Owls Head — The Owls Head Board of Selectmen are considering an offer from a potential buyer from Hawaii for abandoned property on South Shore Drive.

"This is property the town acquired through unpaid taxes," said Board Chairman Richard Carver. The property consists of two lots totaling 2.5 acres. "The sale is still pending," he added.

The town would like a buyer to tear down the dilapidated building, which resembles a haunted house, on one of the lots. At previous meetings selectmen have discussed the house as a potential "dangerous building" because of its condition.

Real Estate agent Dale Martin, who is handling the sale, told the board Dec. 3 the purchaser would be willing to raze the house.

Because the deal is still pending, selectmen did not want to identify the buyer, except to say it is someone from Hawaii. Martin said he did not believe the buyer had family connections in Owls Head.

Selectman Nancy Colson said, "Aloha!" when the board acted on the agreement to pursue the deal. Selectman Linda Post quipped that it would be nice to go to Hawaii for the closing.

In other business, the board is considering a proposal to buy town insurance from Maine Municipal Association. The town had done business for several years with a private insurer, but decided to look at different companies to compare rates.

Carver said two coming dates are important to the local public: Colson will attend a meeting of the Owls Head Planning Board on Dec. 19 because of a proposal by the Maine Lighthouse Association to take over the Coast Guard house next to the lighthouse. The proposal requires a change of use because someone will live in the building and use it as headquarters for the association.

Carver said he would attend the public hearing on the Knox County budget on Dec. 11.

Selectmen said they would not be able to attend a meeting of the Knox County Legislative Delegation at the courthouse Dec. 12 because of conflicts.

Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached by phone at 594-4401, ext. 117, or by email at gchappell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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