Litchfield approves grant match, new board

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LITCHFIELD — Voters, with a show of hands at town meeting Saturday, agreed to create a nonconforming lot for Litchfield Academy and to spend funds for a fire department grant.

Other votes were so close they had to go to paper ballots.

Office Manager Trudy Lamoreau said about 60 people came out for the three-hour meeting. Items that took up the most discussion on the short warrant: creating a Litchfield Board of Assessment Review for townspeople to appeal property tax abatement denials and limiting bids on two town-acquired beaches at Peace Pipe Shores to local property owners in that subdivision.

Voters eventually approved the new review board by a vote of 25-19. Currently, people denied an abatement appeal to the Kennebec County Commission. Town Manager Mike Byron had estimated that the town had seen four appeals in the past two years.

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Three members and two alternates will be appointed to the new board.

By a vote of 20-22, residents defeated the measure to limit the Peace Pipe Shores bids, Lamoreau said.

In approving the nonconforming lot, voters separated Litchfield Academy from Libby-Tozier school on paper. By approving up to $7,000 for the fire department, voters gave the department the OK to use $125,000 awarded by the Department of Homeland Security to buy a special truck. Local funds were needed to provide a 5 percent match, according to the meeting warrant.

kskelton@sunjournal.com

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