Government at a glance

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Lisbon Town Council

Met Tuesday night

General assistance

Issue: The town has been without a general assistance director since the resignation of Judy Hardy-Goddard, who left to become general assistance director for Brunswick. About a dozen senior citizens converged on the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice their concerns about the loss of an official who they felt had been very helpful to them.

Scoop: Councilors assured the group that there will be no interruption in services as they had decided to suspend their search for a replacement and contract with Hardy-Goddard, who will be handling her former duties on a part-time basis.

Council vacancy

Issue: Since the resignation of Councilor Layne Curtis, the council sought letters of interest from residents wishing to fill the vacancy until the election in November.

Scoop: Local businessman Fern LaRochelle Jr. was appointed to fill the vacancy. He was one of three applicants. Also interviewed for the position were Ed Madden and Philip Ellis.

Gravel pit

Issue: The former Dragon Cement Company gravel pit on Moody Road, which has “petered out,” may be going on the market.

Land appraisal

Issue: The water commission has asked the town council to consider having an appraisal done on about 50 acres that borders the town’s Moody Road well. Commissioners have concerns about the environmental effects if it is sold for other development. Dragon refused a request to donate the property to the water department.

Truck lease

Scoop: It was voted to enter a three-year lease-purchase agreement with Rowe Ford for a 2007 4×4 pickup truck for public works on its low bid of $19,794.

Tax settlement

Scoop: A certificate of tax settlement presented by former tax collector Betty Grieble, who recently left to take a similar position in another community, was signed.

Appreciation

Scoop: Certificates of appreciation were presented to two local Girl Scouts, Gwynn Hunter and Bethany Williams, who recently earned Gold Awards, the highest honor that a Girl Scout can earn.

Dangerous buildings

Scoop: The owners of two buildings falling under the dangerous building ordinance will be asked to attend the next meeting on July 31. One building is next to the Lisbon Fire Station on Village Street; the other is a shell of a house that was destroyed by fire.

Freelance writer Connie Footman can be reached at 353-2598.

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