WILTON – Selectmen listened to charges from a handful of citizens Tuesday that Guy Libby, who holds a contract to mow Lakeview Cemetery, is inconsiderate of grave plots when he cuts the grass there.

They say he has run over and broken flags and mowed over and thrown away flowers at the sites. They also say he mows in such a manner that the grass sticks to the grave stones. Libby was unable to attend the meeting due to illness.

Kent Wiles, who sells plots in the cemetery, refused to comment on the charges, but did say he agreed with the citizens that grass does get on to the stones. “I can’t speak for Mr. Libby and I do not want to tell him how to mow,” Wiles said.

Town Manager Peter Nielsen said the flowers do have to be removed in order to mow. He said if the items are not removed, citizens need to understand that the grass would get very tall by the stones. Nielsen said Libby is trying to follow regulations set by the town and get his job done in a timely manner.

Officials said that while they have never received any such complaints in the past, they decided to hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5.

The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. Business owners, Code Enforcement Officer Brenda Medcoff, and Planning Board Chairman Russell Black will meet with officials then in an attempt to assure the public that Wilton is not “anti-business” as recently stated in a letter to town officials from Dennis Taylor of Taylor Made Homes.

In other business, Water and Sewer Department Superintendent Russ Mathers told selectmen he discovered during a routine check that a second Rotating Biological Contact wheel broke at the sewer treatment plant. The first one broke about a month ago.

There are a total of four wheels at the plant. The wheels take care of organic pollutants in the wastewater in the final phase of treatment. All of the current wheels are about 23-years-old.

Mathers said when the two broken wheels are replaced, they will run the two new ones and the old ones will be used for backup. “We hope they will last another 25 years.

Mathers said there are two Maine suppliers for this type of equipment. He originally received a proposal to replace the first wheel from USFilter at $51,000 and one from Walker is $58,200. With other costs included, the estimates total $76,635 and $83,835, respectively.

After researching both estimates, Mathers said he concluded that the Walker wheel was superior. He “dickered” with the company and was able to bring the price down to within $1,000 of the USFilter bid.

Cost to replace both wheels is now estimated at $99,210 for the unassembled equipment and another $150,000 to remove debris and install it. Mathers expects the project to be completed by September. The money will come from a reserve account the sewer department has built up over the past 10 years. There is currently $237,000 in that fund. Mathers said the department will work toward rebuilding that account and is also looking into any available grants.

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