Minot orders dilapidated house removed

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MINOT — Selectmen want to remove the dilapidated house that greets folks as they enter Minot from Auburn.

The board had been under the impression that the person who bought the old Strelnick place on Route 11 intended to remove it last spring. That hasn’t happened and selectmen’s concerns over safety issues have grown with every strip of clapboard that has peeled away.

Town Administrator Arlan Saunders was asked Monday to have Code Enforcement Officer Ken Pratt contact the owners to have the building, remarkable for the old billboards incorporated into its roof, torn down as soon as possible.

In other business:

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* Selectmen honored Connie Taker, the town’s longtime treasurer who retired at the end of December, with public thanks, a gift certificate to L.L.Bean and words of tribute read by Selectman Eda Tripp.

Tripp noted how Taker was careful to check and recheck every bill and invoice to be sure they were due and properly approved by each department.

“Connie gave the town many extra hours, reminded each and every one of us of what we needed to know and do, and demonstrated to all of us a work ethic that was like none other,” Tripp read.

* Selectmen gave the town report and warrant for March town meeting a final review, in the process deciding not to include an article asking whether the town wanted to set up a study committee to look into seceding from Regional School Unit 16.

Saunders said town reports should be available at the Town Office by Friday, Feb. 17. They will also be available online.

* Town Clerk Angeliec Goulding reported that absentee ballots for the town election are available at the Town Office. The election is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Town Office.

Goulding noted that two candidates are running for two positions on the Board of Selectmen, with incumbents Daniel Callahan and Dean Campbell seeking re-election. Two candidates also are vying for two seats on the RSU 16 board of directors, with incumbents Tina Love and Yvette Murray seeking new terms.

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