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JAY – The Board of Assessment Review has changed its Wednesday, May 17, meeting to Wednesday, June 14, at the request of Androscoggin Energy LLC.

The power plant representatives’ attorney is out of the country, Town Manager Ruth Marden said Tuesday.

The company is appealing Jay selectmen’s/assessors’ denial of a reduction of valuation for the power plant in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Selectmen denied the abatement request by default by taking no action in a set period.

The company wants the value of its real estate – land and buildings – reduced from $7.8 million in 2004-05 and $8.5 million in 2005-06 to nothing.

It also wants its personal property value – machinery, equipment and furniture – cut from $106.8 million in 2004-05 and $108.7 million in 2005-06 to $10 million each year.

The taxes on the valuation reduction, if approved, total about $3.7 million.

Dedication postponed

JAY – Dedication of the Jay War Memorial scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to weather.

The dedication will be announced in the future.

SAD 36 teacher eyes director’s term

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Elaine LaPointe, a SAD 36 teacher, is interested in the open director’s position on the school board but would have to wait until she retires at the end of the school year in mid June to accept it.

The policy on appointing people to vacant positions is that it goes to the first one who contacts the town office. If someone steps up before school is out, the position would go to that person.

Since the time for nomination papers has expired for the June 13 election, the person who is appointed would serve until election in June 2007.

The term was vacated by Director Heidi Rodzen in April.

Selectmen change meeting place

JAY – Selectmen will change the venue for the next meeting on Monday, May 22, to the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay.

Sometimes the noise from the gym above the selectmen’s meeting room at the Community Building makes it difficult for people to hear and selectmen decided to try out the library’s meeting space.

The library is handicap accessible with an elevator available to access the meeting room upstairs.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with 20 agenda items including recreation fund uses.

Educational drug presentation slated

JAY – Representatives from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency plans to do a presentation to educate parents on the drugs available on the streets on Wednesday, May 24.

Teachers and administrators have already had the presentations; parents requested one be given for them.

Jay High School Principal John Robinson said that he has invited parents of high and middle school students to the meeting.

It will be held at 6 p.m. in the Jay Middle School cafeteria.

– Donna Perry

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