Lisbon board studies combining several departments into one

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LISBON – Selectmen are considering a plan being proposed by Economic Development Director Dan Feeney to reorganize several town departments into one community services department.

If approved by selectmen, the department would combine Parks and Recreation, Conservation and the Trails Commission. Selectmen said they liked the idea and will meet with departments affected before making a decision.

Selectmen voted to take legal action against an unidentified Pinewoods Road property owner for code violations involving fill and buildings without required permits.

Selectmen have agreed to put an article in the May town meeting warrant seeking voter authorization to purchase a building on 12 Union St. adjacent to the Lisbon Falls Library at at a cost of $39,000.

Town Manager Curtis Lunt reports that the town has closed on the Lisbon Village Library property on Village Street. It has been sold to Martha Nest, who will be using it to conduct a financial services business. The sale price was listed at $73,000 and the proceeds will be used for renovations to the Lisbon Falls Library building.

Lunt also reported that Gorrill-Palmer Engineers of Gray has been hired to conduct a traffic system management study of Route 196 from Westminster Street in Lewiston to the Topsham town line. The study is being financed by Lisbon and Lewiston and will take place over the next eight months.

The goal is to find the best way to improve the flow of traffic on the busy highway. Public hearings for businesses and residents will be held.

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