LIVERMORE – The town office will be closed Wednesday to allow employees to attend services for Town Clerk Renda Libby's husband, Alan, town administrative assistant Kurt Schaub said Tuesday.
Alan Libby, 47, died unexpectedly Saturday in Auburn while training for The Dempsey Challenge. The service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Finley Funeral Home in Livermore Falls.
In a separate matter, the town has learned that Regional School Unit 36 Director Rod Newman of Livermore resigned Thursday.
As of Monday night, the board was still waiting to learn the steps to fill the position, since there is an election in November, Schaub said. The term expires in June, Schaub said he believes.
Schaub also said he reported that this year’s tax commitment for 2011 was processed Friday and tax bills are expected to be mailed later this week, he said.
The board set the tax rate at $13.80 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The first due date for taxes is Nov.15, Schaub said.
He also informed selectpersons that a total of 95 liens were filed last week at the Registry of Deeds, representing approximately $77,000 in unpaid 2010 taxes, he said. Last year, 97 liens were filed on $75,000 in unpaid taxes.
Schaub also notified the board that a bill from the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center has been received for repairs to an underground alarm wire. The area on Norlands Road had been cleared by Dig Safe prior to the beginning of drainage work, just north of Waters Hill Road, Schaub said.
The area where there was a wire was not marked and was unintentionally damaged by town highway workers doing a drainage project. The bill for $2,500 has been forwarded to the town's insurance company.
Schaub said he and Fire Chief Donald Castonguay are planning to attend a meeting called by the Androscoggin County Commissioners with regard to a state Public Utilities Commission proposal to consolidate 911 answering points and dispatch centers into a single location in each county, except for Cumberland. The proposal indicates the measure could provide cost savings in Augusta, Schaub said.
The matter of consolidating the 911 answering center and dispatch at the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department with the separate center operated jointly by Lewiston and Auburn has been a hot button for several years, Schaub said.
Current estimates are that, should that consolidation take place, it would likely save a significant amount of money for Lewiston and Auburn, while increasing costs passed on to the smaller towns, Schaub said. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Law Library on the second floor of the Androscoggin County Building.