WILTON — Town Manager Rhonda Irish updated selectmen Tuesday on an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields grant to clean up the local tannery site.
The tannery building is expected to be used for commercial activities after the cleanup.
Displaying a symbolic check from EPA for $200,000, Irish told selectmen the funds are now available to the town.
Work at the tannery will commence following a meeting planned for Oct. 16 when the board meets with representatives from EPA and the state Department of Environmental Protection. The session is planned to answer any questions and discuss the process.
Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments is helping the town in the process of securing an environmental consultant needed for the project.
In other business, Irish reported that the town had received payment for back taxes from Western Maine Development for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, a total of $129,000 which brings it current, she said.
* Town tax bills are out. Selectman Scott Taylor suggested the board look at the idea of another town revaluation to correct any inequalities. The one done in 2007 still has some ongoing issues, he said. He suggested looking at a phase process. The current assessing firm is booked until after 2013.
An estimated cost is about $85 per each of the town's 2,000 taxed properties or about $225,000. The revaluation in 2007 cost about $180,000.
* Irish said interviews for a full-time position at the Police Department have been completed. Reserve officer Derek Daley of Dixfield was selected.
Interviews started after Sgt. Rick Billian left to take a position in Arkansas.
The slate of officers under Police Chief Heidi Wilcox now includes, Timothy Coombs, Ryan Lynch, who is currently serving in Afghanistan until next August, Chad Abbott, Andrew Hardy and Daley.
* A flashing pedestrian sign for the crosswalk at the intersection of Depot and Birch streets is up but the town is still waiting for a remote control before starting to use it, Irish said.
Purchase of the remote was approved by the board at its last meeting and it was ordered then, she said. The remote allows one light placed at the curve lower on Depot Street to warn motorists heading for Academy Hill School of pedestrians in the crosswalk.
Irish expects the lights at this heavily traveled crosswalk used by school children to be working within the next couple weeks. She has also asked the police department to help students learn to use the light.
* A crew of volunteers is preparing to erect the new playground equipment at Bass Park on Oct. 13. It's here and is a good sized structure with 1,000 screws needed for the equipment, she said.
The Recreation Committee agreed to give the old playground equipment away on an "as is, where is" basis with the town taking no liability for the equipment.
* The town's new Ordinance Committee met in September to start work on three potential ordinances including a fireworks ordinance, a nuisance ordinance and a property maintenance ordinance.
The nuisance ordinance would govern action if the Police Department had to go to a home a certain number of times within a certain period, Irish explained.
The committee meets once a month and expects to bring a proposal back to the board by this winter.