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Owls Head receives bids for two properties

By Stephen Betts | May 18, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Bids were opened Monday, May 18 by the town for this property at 20 Owls Head Lane.

Owls Head — Bids were opened Monday afternoon May 18 on two town properties but selectmen will wait until June 1 to take action on the offers.

The properties are a 12-acre vacant lot at 357 Dublin Road and a house and land at 20 Owls Head Lane.

Both were tax acquired properties.

Seven bids were received for the Owls Head Lane parcel and house, with the highest bid submitted being $65,000 by Sherry Stanley. The other bids ranged from $5,000 to $37,510.

Selectmen agreed to hold off a vote on issuing a quit claim deed on the property until June 1.

The Owls Head Lane property is valued by the town at $100,550 — $26,320 for the nearly half acre of land and $74,230 for the house.

Stanley said she planned to rent out the house to create additional affordable housing in the town.

Post pointed out that there may be liens on the house from its prior owners and that those parties could try to make claims against a new owner to recoup their costs. She pointed out that all the town does is quit all the claims it may have on the property.

There was only one bid for the Dublin Road property — $20,500 from Thomas Lindahl. The land is valued at $52,960. The town also spent about $70,000 to tear down a house and clean up the property.

Board Chair Tom Von Malder and Selectman Gordon Page suggested the town hire a real estate professional to help market the land.

At the May 18 meeting, selectmen also discussed reopening the municipal building on June 1, with limits on the number of people who can come in to the office at the same time. In addition, plexiglass barriers will be erected to separate the staff from residents who come into the office.

Selectmen also talked about how it will hold its town meeting which is usually held in August. The town will await guidance from the state, with selectmen pointing out that other towns are using paper ballots for people to vote on town warrant articles rather than a meeting.

No decision was made.

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