Selectmen approve request for discontinuance of town way

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FARMINGTON — Following a public hearing Tuesday, selectmen voted unanimously to issue an order to discontinue a section of a town way that was formerly the location of Route 2.

It goes over the property now known as 140 Farmington Falls Road.

The decision will need to go before voters at a town meeting, Town Manager Richard Davis said.

After having the property surveyed, Leon Heckbert, owner of Pro Service, realized a section of the former Route 2 runs over his property. Because it is no longer needed for public use, Heckbert has requested that the town way be discontinued and revert to his property. The parcel is approximately 68 feet wide from Hill Street/Route 2 and Prescott Street running in a westerly direction for approximately 265 feet.

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In 1957, the Maine Department of Transportation created a right of way over the land for use as Route 2 connecting Hill Street to Lower Main Street, or what is now known as Prescott Street.  The section of the right of way and public easement extends into the trees along the north side of the Pro Service property, Heckbert said.

Once the use of an MDOT right of way is discontinued, it reverts back to a town way, so Heckbert petitioned the town for the discontinuance order. As part of the original property was taken for the former use, discontinuance of the town way reverts the property back to the owner, Davis explained.

A westerly portion of the right of way was discontinued a few years ago at the request of property owner Kevin Vining and became Corn Shop Lane, Davis said.

In other business, the town’s first taxicab business license was unanimously awarded to Rodney J. Judkins. The licensing process was approved by voters at the April 1 town meeting.

Judkins told selectmen the licensing process was OK with him.

Later, Judkins said he had tried the taxi business five years ago but had to limit his income because of retirement. Now he’s reached the point where he can earn any amount, he said.

The Farmington native is prepared to travel within a 150-mile radius of Farmington. He later said he felt the licensing process is necessary as others have not successfully operated taxi businesses in town but there is a need for one.

The board awarded a contract for lead abatement at the Hippach field house to Bangor Abatement for $13,400. The company did some work last summer on an outer wall of the field house.

An amount of $5,500 has been reserved for the work with the remaining $7,900 to be taken from the Mills Trust fund, Davis said.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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