HARRISON — Tax liens will be placed on 164 pieces of property if taxes aren’t paid by Friday, Aug. 6.
“I recognize that this is a sign of the times,” Town Manager Brad Plante told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night.
“I just want to get the word out that if people can pay their taxes by Friday, they can stop the lien process.” He noted that before a lien can be removed, property owners must pay the tax bill plus interest that accrues from the date the lien was put on the property.
In addition to the status of tax liens, Plant’s report to the board included a caution to parents about allowing children to jump off a bridge into the Bear River on Route 117 near the village.
Selectman Kathy LaPlante said she saw parents watching their kids jump off the bridge.
“That’s a narrow channel,” she said. “Some kid’s going to break his neck if he lands on the narrow side.”
The recent closure of the beach for two days at Crystal Lake because of poor water quality may have been caused by visits from ducks, Plante said. Signs will be posted advising no duck feeding in order to cut down on the number of visits and deposits left by the ducks.
Peter Brown encouraged the board to look into protecting the quality of Crystal Lake, which he says gets worse every year.
“I grew up on this lake, and every year it gets dirtier,” he said. “Every time it rains, stuff from the road washes into the culverts and empties into the lake.”
Brown said years ago septic systems at the cottages were checked by putting dye into the toilets, but apparently this is no longer done.
“Our lakes are why people come here,” LaPlante said. “We have to do something to protect them. We need to contact our legislators.”
Plante said he would draft a letter from the board, and discuss this with the codes enforcement officer.
Selectman Eddie Rolfe encouraged the board to have volunteers tear down an old building near the waterfront where boats are stored, and build a new one.
Selectman Lisa Villa said her recent attempt to get a planning grant for the town would have covered this and more long range plans, but the grant was turned down. Selectman Chairman Bill Winslow agreed to put the matter of a planning committee on the agenda for the next meeting.
The board unanimously awarded a paving bid to Bruce A. Manser for $195,000. For the first time, the towns of Harrison, Waterford and Bridgton combined their paving bid requests. Manser was the low bidder on all the town projects; Pike was the only other firm that submitted a complete bid. R.C. & Sons put in a bid, but it did not include all the work, so it wasn’t considered.
Aaron Shapiro presented a replica of a $20,000 check to the town under the state’s Community Development Block Grant program to Villa, who applied for the grant. It will be used to resurface the town’s outside basketball court.
The board agreed to wait until the Aug. 17 meeting to take action on replacing the town’s harbor master, Gary Pendexter, who has resigned. Plante suggested Gary Pagel, a firefighter and United Ambulance employee, be appointed to finish out the summer. The board also agreed to Plante’s request that the reasons for Pendexter’s resignation be discussed in an executive session at that meeting.
Villa passed out packets to board members, who will be evaluating the town manager’s performance. Individual evaluations will be consolidated into one report, followed by a discussion in executive session in September, Villa said.
To date, no one has come forward to volunteer to be on the committee to begin negotiations to withdraw from Ecomaine. Interested persons should contact the town manager.