Sabattus mill rate set

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SABATTUS — At the selectmen’s bi-monthly meeting Tuesday evening, the board voted 2-1 to set the mill rate at $17.90 for the 2016 fiscal year.

This is a 10-cent increase from the mill rate for fiscal year 2015 and equates to a $10 tax increase for a property valued at $100,000. Selectman Michelle Ames initially proposed a five-cent increase, but her motion was not accepted by other members of the board.

The board unanimously approved the renewal of the liquor and entertainment license held by Mixers Bar. Local approval makes it possible for the establishment to pursue its licenses at the state level.

Interim Town Manager and Police Chief Tony Ward, directing his first selectmen’s meeting, reported that there has been an approximately 20 percent decrease this year in police calls involving incidents at the bar. Ward said the staff is always willing to pursue police presence whenever the situation warrants, building a solid partnership.

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The board also approved the Lisbon Road paving project, which will start in September at a cost of $147,419. This price includes shim and overlay as well as applying a small section of hot top to the driveways on the route.

According to Gary Labonte, public works road foreman, the project will take two or three days to complete and will repair a 1¼-mile stretch starting at Jordan Bridge Road and ending at the turnpike overpass. The cost for this project was allocated in the 2015-2016 town budget.

In other budget news, the town is still awaiting the arrival of the new police cruiser. The vehicle is being shipped from Detroit and Ward is hopeful it will arrive within the next two weeks.

Bids for a new dump truck have been sent out and are expected to close by Aug. 28.

The town purchased three automatic external defibrillators to be used in life-threatening cardiac situations. One of these devices is in the police station and the other two are in the patrol cars.

The regular meeting of the Sabattus Sanitary District and Water Division Trustees, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 10, has been canceled.

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