LISBON — The Town Council this week approved an agreement to sell the old high school building on Campus Avenue in Lisbon Falls to the Brunswick Housing Authority for $1.

The Housing Authority is proposing to renovate the two-story
brick building into 12 apartments for the elderly for an estimated $2.5 million. The agreement stipulates that the building will be historically preserved and remain on the National Register of Historic Places.

Over the years there have been many suggestions for the future use of the building, which was last used for the superintendent’s office. It was the general feeling of residents that the building be preserved and saved, and the most popular suggestion was senior housing.

The school was built for $17,901 and completed in 1905. It was originally named Lisbon Falls High School. When the high school in Lisbon village closed in the early 1950s, all students in town were sent to Lisbon Falls High School and it was renamed Lisbon High School. The school closed in the spring of 1952 after the present high school building opened in 1953.

Brunswick Housing Authority’s plans for the property are incomplete at this time.

In other action, the council voted 6-1 to amend the administration ordinance to allow nonresident taxpayers and business owners to be appointed to town ad hoc committees and boards.

Councilors voted to waive $14,830 in tax foreclosures on 44 properties, most of them older trailers.

Granville Morgan’s contract for plowing, sanding and salting sidewalks and the Lisbon trail system was renewed for $42,743, a 4 percent increase over last year.

A small tax-acquired parcel and a trailer on Frost Hill Avenue were sold to Larochelle Properties LLC of Lisbon on its bid of $5,100.

Councilors took no action on a suggestion that all budget decisions be made by a referendum vote.

Outgoing Councilors Norma Wells and Janet Henry, who were attending their last official meeting, were recognized and thanked for their work on behalf of the town.


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