Selectmen accept back sewer fees for foreclosed properties

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LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen voted Tuesday to accept back sewer fees from financial institutions for two foreclosed properties and to take the properties out of foreclosure.

Tax Collector Dawn Young said one financial institution dropped the ball and did not pay the sewer lien.

On the second property, a lien notice was sent to one mortgage company but another company had bought the mortgage. Both companies asked to redeem the property by paying back sewer fees, Young said.

The town was owed $1,533.33 for 44 Baldwin St. and $2,010.35 for 70 Church St., according to Young.

Town Manager Stephen Gould had previously approved that the properties would be given back to the companies when the sewer fees were paid.

Young said she had told Gould the town has redeemed foreclosed properties for back sewer fees before. But the prior properties had not already been put out to bid, she said.

The properties went out to bid for minimum bids of $20,000 and $25,000, but no bids were received.

Young said the town checked with the Maine Municipal Association and was told it should have gone to selectmen first for a vote prior to allowing the mortgage companies to pay the back fees. MMA said it was OK but not to do it again, Young said. 

“I take full responsibility,” she said.

Quitclaim deeds have been issued to each company.

The board also voted unanimously to close the Town Office on Christmas Eve — a Monday — instead of being open for half a day. Selectmen also agreed to pay the two Town Office employees for the full day so they would not have to use personal time. 

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