ATV clubs request lower speed limit on Rangeley road

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RANGELEY — Members of the Rangeley and Rumford ATV clubs attended Monday’s selectmen meeting to request dropping the speed limit on Bemis Road in Oquossoc from 50 mph to 35 mph.

The two groups presented a petition containing signatures of 64 residents of the road. Reducing the speed limit would allow ATVs to use the right of way and not be confined to the breakdown lane.

State Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, was on hand to support the request.

“I’ve driven the road recently, and traffic flies through there, so I’m concerned with the safety issue,” he said.

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In other news, auditor Mindy Cyr presented the draft of the audit for fiscal year 2013-14. Cyr detailed all the town’s assets, both capital and infrastructure, and liabilities, and she differentiated between non-spendable, restricted, assigned and unassigned assets.

Revenues were up by $150,000 and expenditures up by $20,000, with the only overextended items being social services and adult education. The town spent 92 percent of the budget during the fiscal year. The board approved the report.

Alice Smith reported that the Cemetery Committee has determined priorities: repair and clean headstones and maintenance of the fence. The committee is working to find what the process will cost, and the amount may have to go on the budget warrant for town meeting approval.

Rick Godaire said hundreds of stones need repair and plot owners are responsible for upkeep of the stones, but Smith said that many are over a century old and the families have disappeared.

“Though all in all,” Smith said, “our cemeteries are in very good shape.”

Godaire reported for the Parks Committee that the sediment pond has been rebuilt and is functioning.

The Maine Department of Fish and Game regional office in Strong gave a contact number for a federal office to discuss possible permission for culling the wild geese that are a problem at Lakeside Park and several other locations. The possibility of donating the geese to local food banks was also raised.

The transfer station has returned to winter hours, so it will be closed Sundays. It will also close Oct. 8 and 9 for winter maintenance.

Liquor license renewals were granted unanimously to Moose Alley and the Rangeley Inn and Tavern.

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