A draft of a contract for the town’s wastewater treatment plant was tabled.

LISBON – Peoples Bank has offered to donate a vacant lot at Main and Booker streets in Lisbon Falls to the town, with the stipulation that the town pays legal fees and survey costs. Selectmen have set a public hearing to gather comments about it at their May 4 meeting.

The 100-by-80-foot lot is at the side and rear of the bank building and now posted “no trespassing.” If accepted by the town, it would be designated a green space/park area, said Town Manager Curtis Lunt.

Tabled until the next meeting was a draft of a 3-year contract with Earth Tech, the firm that operates the town’s wastewater treatment plant. The 15-page proposal calls for $640,000 to operate the plant the first year (no increase); and payments based on the consumer price index for the second and third years.

Selectmen agreed to include two more articles in the town meeting warrant. The first is a study committee’s recommendation that the Marion T. Morse Elementary School in Lisbon Falls be used by the town as a community center. Projected operational costs for the 18,000-square-foot building for the first year have been pegged at $39,600. This article and another, a $4.2 million bond issue for Water Department projects, will be sent to the Advisory Board for review and recommendation.

Selectmen will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, to sign the 96-article May 17 town meeting warrant.

In other action, selectmen accepted the resignation of Layne Curtis from the School Committee. Curtis is running for both selectman and water commissioner, but cannot continue on the School Committee because that office is incompatible with selectman.

Following an executive session, it was agreed to take legal action against two property owners for junkyard violations; one located on Scottsdale and the other on Lisbon Road.

Kelsey Purington was appointed to a one-year term on the Conservation Commission; Mark Tupper and Loretta Martin were appointed to one-year terms on the Recreation Committee. A 12-month mass gathering permit was granted to Carville’s Flea Market.


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