Selectmen schedule special town meeting to vote on ordinance


BETHEL — The Board of Selectmen scheduled a special selectmen’s meeting Monday evening for Jan. 22 to approve amendments to the town’s administration ordinance.

The amendments allow the board to create a new town committee responsible for Bingham Forest oversight.

According to a presentation made by private land consultant Jerry Bley on Nov. 5, 2012, the Bingham Forest Authority would consist of five members appointed by selectmen who would ideally “have expertise in water quality, timber management, recreation development, wildlife preservation and local tourism economy.”

Town Manager Jim Doar said there will be a special town meeting Jan. 29 to vote on the amendments.

The board also announced Monday night that a request from Responsible Pet Care to hold a “toll booth” fundraiser on Parkway Road the weekend of Jan. 19-20 was denied. Doar said it’s up to the state whether the fundraiser happens.

“I received an email from the Maine Department of Transportation the other day telling me that it couldn’t happen,” Doar said. It’s due to the high level of traffic expected and liability issues.

In other business, Doar said selectmen authorized sending a letter to state Sen. John Patrick and state Rep. Jared S. Crockett that outlines the town’s municipal priorities.

“Each town received a letter asking us for any ideas for legislation,” Doar said. “One of the things we’re interested in is transportation bonds. We’d like to extend passenger rails through Bethel that would reach Montreal.”

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