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Buckfield Board of Selectmen

Sept. 19, 2017

Buckfield Town Office

 

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Estate issue

What happened: Attorney Dana Hanley presented an estate issue for 46 North Whitman Road and the board tabled it to allow the town’s attorney to look over documents, according to interim Town Manager Brad Plante.

What it means: The estate of David R. Pomerleau is in Probate Court, and a number of his family members were in attendance. “Essentially what it said is if the heirs who are getting the property fail to maintain it, that he wants it to turn over to town of Buckfield,” Plante said. “The town of Buckfield has no interest in being in the real estate business. … We don’t want any part of it. It’s a very controversial situation – we had family members involved.” One male family member who got “wound up” followed Hanley in the hall after the presentation, according to Plante. Hanley presented a document to release the town of any responsibility of the property and selectmen tabled it.

What’s next: The town’s attorney will review the documents and selectmen will address the issue at their next meeting Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Bridge resolution

What happened: After much discussion, selectmen approved a resolution for the Shed Hollow Road Bridge project.

What it means: The project is to replace the culvert bridge that crosses Darnit Brook. The road is crumbling and there is a hole in the bottom of the culvert, where fish get caught and die. The town was awarded a $95,000 grant from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for the project, which will open up a large trout habitat. Jeff Stern of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council is applying for a second grant from Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture.

What’s next: Selectmen will bring the project to the annual town meeting in June 2018 to have residents weigh in on it.

Old photograph

What happened: Selectmen accepted from the Buckfield Historical Society a photograph of John D. Long, former secretary of the Navy and founder of the Zadoc Free Long Library in Buckfield.

What’s next: Selectmen directed Plante to find an appropriate place in the large meeting room to hang the photograph.

General Assistance Ordinance

What happened: Selectmen held a hearing and adopted the amendments to the General Assistance Ordinance.

What it means: The amendments come from the state and include slight changes in the amounts of assistance people and families will be able to receive, which reflect the market value. Selectmen vote to adopt the amendments annually.

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