Voters approve Thomaston articles
Thomaston — It took seven minutes for the board of selectmen and eight residents to pass three warrant articles at a special town meeting Dec. 17.
Present were selectmen Mona Stearns, Lee-Ann Upham, Peter Lammert, and Greg Hamlin, Town Clerk Joan Linscott, Town Attorney Paul Gibbons, and Pollution Control Supervisor John Fancy. Michael Mayo served as moderator.
The first article on the warrant sought voter approval for the purchase of 133 acres of land lying west of and abutting the existing pollution control facility and spray irrigation fields known as the Thorndike property.
The sum of $137,500 will come from reserve funds in the Pollution Control Department.
Long-range planning for the department indicates the town will need future capacity for the spray fields, along with conservation land linking the current property to town-owned property along the Oyster River to allow for a trail connecting to the town Forest Trail system.
The board had previously supported a potential purchase for $183,000 with a Department of Environmental Protection grant request of more than $70,000. However, the grant was denied and the board successfully negotiated the reduced price of $137,500.
Residents also voted to approve a belated sewer easement request by John and Muriel Knutson at their property west of the Prison Showroom. It was discovered the original sewer line under the boiler room in the facility's basement was blocked, according to an investigation by Interstate Septic.
Therefore, the board needed authorization for a new connection into the Thomaston Green's new sewer line.
This project was paid for by the Knutsons, along with the legal costs associated with generating the easement.
The 2013 one-ton utility truck the Fireman's Association purchased after receiving a $50,000 donation from the Maine Lobster Festival Association was also approved.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 13.