Rangeley growth plan gets state approval

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RANGELEY — Chairman Gary Shaeffer told the Board of Selectmen at Wednesday’s meeting that the town’s new comprehensive plan was approved by the Maine State Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The plan can now move into an implementation phase, he said.

Schaeffer started the meeting by asking the board and the assembled public to remain standing after the opening Pledge of Allegiance for a moment of silence in memory of the four snowmobile accident victims on Rangeley Lake.

Three men and one woman apparently drove off the ice and into open water Sunday.

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In the ongoing discussion between the Board of Selectmen and the Rangeley School Board concerning the school’s deed, Town Manager Timothy Kane reported that the town’s attorney advised that the deed’s wording as worked out in the last joint meeting was acceptable. Kane said it was sent to the school’s attorney, and he is awaiting word from Superintendent Brian Foster.

Representatives for the Snowmobile Club’s Snodeo and the BOSS Power Equipment Rave were asked to return to the Jan. 15 meeting for approval of their events, pending signatures from the department heads of police, fire and parks, which had not yet been obtained because of difficult weather.

The BOSS Rave is scaling back to a 2 p.m. Saturday show, with no events scheduled for Friday.

The board told Carol Sullivan of the Parks Commission that it could not act on her request to go into the next phase of design and development for the Lakeside Park project until a final plan is presented for approval.

The town assessor’s update received a cool reception from the board, because the document was short, had no breakdown and contained some incorrect percentages. Pam White said it would be nice to know what to expect as he proceeds with his analysis.

“Say to him we need something a lot more detailed,” White said. “Any more information that he can supply will be helpful.”

Kane reported that Rick Godaire of Parks and Recreation is working with Snodeo organizers, and has also put up the goals and benches at Haley Pond for pond hockey.

The new trash compactor was installed at the transfer station, and Charles Aleck was hired to work at the station.

“We were very fortunate to find him,” Kane said. “He has the knowledge and the experience.”

The Fire Department reported an attendance of more than 100 children at the Dec. 15 Christmas party. Chief Tim Pellerin has applied to the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation with a request for an ATV.

The board voted to move into two executive sessions — the first to conduct the six-month probationary review of the new fire chief, the second to continue discussion of ongoing union contract proposals.

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