Selectmen start process to consider discontinuing five roads
Lincolnville — Selectmen requested Sept. 9 the town administrator solicit bids to estimate the decrease in property values if the town discontinues five roads.
The roads are Albert Blood, Lloyd Thomas, Miller Corner and Thorndike roads and the portion of Martins Corner Road the board currently closes during winter months.
Selectman Rosey Gerry said he had been approached by Lincolnville residents about discontinuing what he described as “basically private driveways” — roads with just one dwelling. Before any roads could be discontinued, Town Administrator David Kinney said at the meeting, there would have to be a public hearing and a town meeting vote.
Damages for any decrease in property values resulting from the discontinuance would have to be paid to affected property owners.
In other action, the public hearing on closing a portion of Martins Corner Road to winter maintenance was postponed to the next selectmen’s meeting, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23, because inaccurate information about the date of the hearing had been published.
The board accepted the following bids for its police vehicles: $16,700 from the town of East Millinocket for a 2012 Dodge Charger; and $3,005 from the town of Paris for a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria.
Because selectmen Julia Libby and Jason Trundy were absent, consideration of a draft charge to a potential consumer fireworks committee was tabled until the next meeting.
The warrant for a special town meeting, including items relating to a supplemental school budget and a gift for the purchase of real estate for a future Lincolnville Beach fire station, was approved. The special town meeting was set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Lincolnville Central School.
The board approved a date of Saturday, Nov. 9, for an open house at the renovated and expanded town office as well as Kinney’s request to close the town office Friday, Nov. 15, and Monday, Nov. 18, to facilitate the move back to the town office from the fire station.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.
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