State to add turn lane

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TURNER – Selectmen this week had no concerns about a plan to add another turn lane on Route 4 from the Auburn-Turner line to the south end of Upper Street, just beyond the Paris Farmers Union.

The Maine Department of Transportation will re-stripe the section prior to Kurt Youland’s under construction development on the west side of Route 4 across from Androscoggin Bank.

Youland is putting in a Dunkin’ Donuts, a gasoline station/convenience store, and possibly a sandwich shop. He has said the site is 130 acres with 2,500 feet of frontage on Route 4. There will eventually be more retail shops on the site, and perhaps some industrial development.

Selectmen also:

• Agreed to meet with the SAD 52 board at the Greene Central School on Thursday evening for a preview of the school district’s 2006-07 budget.

• Agreed to provide in-kind services for the ongoing erosion control program at Bear Pond, site of the town beach, and to request $400 in cash from next year’s town meeting for that purpose.

• Determined that there will be passes issued for use of the Bear Pond town beach beginning on Memorial Day. A fee will be charged for the pass.

• Approved newly drafted and amended bylaws governing the operation of the Turner Center for the Arts on the first two floors of the Leavitt Institute Building, transferred $6,000 for maintenance and utilities from the center to the Leavitt Institute board, and approved six directors to lead the center: Veronica Decker, Gerrick Grant, Elaine Chenard, Jody Goodwin, Virginia Plummer and Nancy Trider.

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