JAY — Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to sign an agreement with Toby and Jennifer Kachnovich to have the town move a traffic exit and build an island at the municipal building in exchange for an easement over their property where a town sewer line runs.

The town will also pave a triangular area approximately 455-square-feet on the Kachnovich side when paving is done on the island and the traffic exit is moved north of its current location.

Toby Kachnovich had previously requested an easement over town property at the municipal building in order to share an entrance and exit with the town on to Route 4. Part of the town’s exit drive from the municipal building is owned by the couple, he said previously.

He plans to construct an office building to house his surveying business and possibly another small business.

A shared access would be better and safer and more in line with what the Maine Department of Transportation would rather see, he said last month.

He came back to the board earlier this month with an alternate plan that provided for his own exit and entrance with an island between it and the town’s exit.

After meeting with a DOT official, the board and Kachnovich verbally agreed to the plan instead of the shared drive.

“Doing it this way is more valuable to him,” said Selectman Steve McCourt. “If we’d given an easement through the yard, stipulations would have been put on it.”

The stipulations, he added, concerned any future sales to a business with high-volume traffic but Kachnovich said DOT set a limit of 50-cars per day entering his business, eliminating the possibility of a fast-food business buying the property.

Although Kachnovich favored a 20-foot island for safety reasons, a 12-foot island will be installed. The two driveways will be 12-feet apart, something that Kachnovich did not favor.

The cost to the town for paving the moved entrance was estimated at $5,885 and another $1,350 for the triangle and legal fees connected with the project.

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