Government at a glance


Board: Turner Selectmen

Met: Monday, March 15

Unfair trade practices

The issue: Unfair trade practices by foreign paper producers are negatively affecting Maine’s paper industry.

The scoop: The board heard information from Ron Hemingway and Dan Lawson, representatives for the Alliance for American Manufacturing regarding the issue.

Up next: Selectmen voted to join other communities by signing a resolution supporting the paper trade case.

Bus repair space

The issue: In the event a bus needs repairs, the school department made a request to use space in the public works garage.

The scoop: The board felt that, at this time, the public works facility was cramped for space, as the town currently uses it for some of the repairs to the rescue units, as well as the fleet of 15 public works vehicles.

Up next: The town is in the process of raising funds for an addition and therefore could not consent to that request at this time.

Project update

The issue: An update of several projects that are under way at the Old Town House was presented to the board.

The scoop: The tree removing and trimming has been finalized, bid specifications have been issued for the foundation replacement, as well as for the roof replacement.

Up next: An on-site visit for the roof will take place March 22. Bids for the foundation replacement are due March 26; and bids for roof replacement are due April 2.

Town manager

The issue: The contract for town manager is up for renewal.

The scoop: The board held an executive session to discuss the contract and its renewal.

Up next: Selectmen returned a unanimous vote to sign a two-year contract with the current Town Manager Eva Leavitt.

The annual Turner town meeting is scheduled for April 9 and 10.