Special Town Meeting in Farmington set for Tuesday

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FARMINGTON — A special town meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday downstairs in the Community Building. The Board of Selectmen will begin their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. and recess for the town meeting.

Voters will be asked to consider five articles including approving a capital improvement project, the Whittier Road Sewer Extension Project, and appropriating $1,322,500 to fund the project.

The plan is to extend the sewer lines from Route 2 along Whittier Road to Mt. Blue High School as part of the high school renovation project.

Plans to fund the project include accepting two grants that will partially cover the cost; one approximately $991,500 from the state of Maine and another approximately $233,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Voters are asked to consider obtaining a bond of $98,000 to cover the rest of the cost.

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With an estimated interest rate of 2.375 percent for 30 years, interest is estimated at $35,000 for the $98,000 for a total debt of $133,000.

Voters will also consider the town’s application for a Community Development Block Grant of $50,000 for the Fairbanks School Neighborhood Association’s commercial kitchen project. Municipal officers would apply and assume responsibility for the use of the grant funds to start the project.

The funds would be used along with $10,000 provided by the Good Shepherd Food-Bank for the kitchen where crops produced by local farmers would be processed and made available to area food closets.

Farmington Falls Fire Company is soliciting local businesses to support youth baseball activities by adding signs of various colors with logos and business information to the Little League Field in Farmington Falls.

Voters will consider amending the town sign ordinance that would allow athletic fields and facilities other than Hippach Field to use multiple colors, logos, phone numbers and business addresses.

The last two articles ask voters to approve an agreement dated 1993, and streets accepted by the Board of Selectmen between 1977 and 2010.

During recent discussions of a Front Street parking lot agreement between the town, Greg Roux, former owner of Farmington Construction Co., and the University of Maine at Farmington originally dated in 1993 with a 2000 memorandum, it was discovered that these had not been ratified during a town meeting.

Roux recently requested termination of the agreements and the town is considering a possible purchase of the lot but whatever the outcome, town counsel has recommended the agreements be approved, according to the article.

The authority granted to selectmen to accept town streets and roadways under the town’s Streets and Sidewalks Ordinance was apparently done improperly. Acceptance of streets needs a town-meeting approval so voters are being asked to approve those streets accepted by the board from 1977 to 2010.

The board will reconvene its regular meeting following the town meeting.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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