CARTHAGE — Selectmen are taking a wait-and-see attitude on a 320-acre parcel believed to be town-owned while they wait for a legal decision on the land's ownership.
At issue are the so-called town lots adjacent to the site of a proposed wind-turbine project along Saddleback Mountain ridge.
Someone claiming to be an heir of Benjamin Weld, who is the last known owner of the lots, stepped forward a couple of weeks ago, First Selectman Steve Brown said.
He said a judge had extended a July 31 deadline for action on whether the land is owned by the town or someone else. Brown said he and the board received a series of documents relative to the case but have not had time to review them or refer them to the town's lawyer in this case, Jennifer Kreckel.
Ownership of the land is important because the developer of the proposed wind project, Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., wants to extend its original turbine proposal on adjacent private land to include the town parcel.
Brown said he should have a clearer understanding of the implications of the legal documents within a week or two.
In other matters, the town will seek bids for the plowing of town-maintained roads, he said. The plowing company that takes care of the roads in Carthage proper has indicated that it is no longer interested. The man who has cared for the town-owned roads in south Carthage died unexpectedly.
Brown said bids would go out within a few days, with proposals due by Aug. 30.
Selectmen have scheduled three meetings in August because the first Monday in September falls on Labor Day. The next two Board of Selectmen meetings will take place on Aug. 16 and Aug. 30.