More home buyouts put on hold in Canton


CANTON – Diane Ray, special projects coordinator told selectmen Thursday night that 40 homes in the flood plain that are under discussion for a buyout would be the last until more money becomes available.

Canton is moving its center and people who live nearby in an attempt to avoid future flood damages from the nearby Androscoggin River.

Ray is applying for additional Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to continue negotiations with the bottom third of homeowners living in the flood plain.

Already $2.5 million of the $3 million obligated by the state has been committed and the remaining money will be used for demolition and clean up.

There will be no more buyouts this year. However, Ray said that’s merely a pause in the buyout program.

Ray said five people from the flood plain are waiting for the village to be built before leaving their homes. She also said that the project was doing better than expected. To date, there are no residents officially opting out of the buyout program but Ray expects that a few people now in negations may decide not to participate.

Jeffrey Preble, an engineer for the Canton Village project, gave the board a brief presentation showing the projected layout. The plan calls for 48 lots with a minimum of 10,000 square feet. It includes one multi-family home, two municipal buildings with adjacent parking, five open space lots presumably for park and playground use and 38 single-family homes.

Preble said the site location and development is ready to begin. He has scheduled a public hearing with the Planning Board for June 15.

In other matters, the Rev. Kay Hawkins approached the board about a place to hold Pin Point of Light Spiritualist Center services. After some discussion it was agreed to let the group rent the Municipal Center Hall.

Sheldon Campbell asked for a copy of the minutes that noted Tim Marsters could trim limbs from Campbell’s property that hang over his line. Marsters has since cut the tree down. Administrative Assistant Kathy Hutchins said Marsters was told he could trim, but could not cut down the tree.

The board approved getting a survey and dividing the town-owned property on Jewett Hill into two parcels that suited the lay of the land best.

Chris Dailey brought to the board’s attention the fact that Randy Gammon continues to work on town roads, specifically Hodge Road.