Hearing set on partially-constructed building

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Selectmen voted Monday to hold a public hearing next month before determining if a house at 1 Birch St. is considered a dangerous building, board Chairwoman Louise Chabot said.

Notices of the public hearing scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the town office will be served to owners Roger G. Laplante, Cindy Hedges, formerly known as Cindy Laplante, and Androscoggin Savings bank, the mortgage holder, Chabot said Tuesday.

Roger Laplante was issued an order to stop building a partial second floor in September 2008 because he did not have a building permit, she said.

Code Enforcement Officer Rob Overton, Town Manager Jim Chaousis and Health Officer Annie O’Shea have all visited the property. Overton will be at the hearing.

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It has evolved to the point where “we need to (legally) acknowledge this a dangerous building,” Chaousis said in a memo to the select board. “This time frame will allow us to ask the people for money to take the building down in the annual referendum.”

In other business, Chabot said selectmen also supported sending letters to state legislators and officials emphasizing the affect cost-shifting at the state level will have on local taxpayers. The town is already set to lose an estimated $30 million in valuation due to the closing of Wausau Paper mill in June 2009, she said.

Budget deliberations continued on the 2010-11 municipal budget with selectmen still leaning toward Chief Ernest Steward Jr.’s proposal to not eliminate a police officer. They are also considering not reducing the Police Department’s administrative assistant’s hours from 40 to 32 and instead keeping her on to help keep the Fire Department and possibly other department’s safety records updated, Chabot said.

It is all still not finalized and that could change, she said.

The Budget Committee and selectmen are scheduled to meet together at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, at the town office to continue budget review.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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