RANGELEY — Selectmen tabled two agenda items and recommended postponing a public complaint Tuesday until the entire board could attend.

Two selectmen were absent from the meeting, leaving a voting quorum of three, with Donald Nuttall acting as chairman.

The complaint came from Spencer Johnson, whose 2004 Audi was seriously damaged when he drove into a pothole on School Street near the town office while returning from work at Saddleback Ski Resort.

“The crater pretty much ate my car,” Johnson said.

The result was a cracked oil pan, which resulted in $700 damage.

While acknowledging the presence of the pothole, the board cited a statute that the town must be informed of a road surface hazard 24 hours before an accident to be held liable. While unwilling to set a precedent by awarding damages, the board suggested that Johnson return to the next meeting to hear opinions and possible suggestions from the entire board.

Earlier in the meeting, selectmen heard a brief presentation from Brian Moores, representing Waste Management, which is suggesting a plan for single-stream recycling that would eliminate the need for sorting. Moores said the ease of use should raise Rangeley’s recycling rate from the current 13 percent to 20 or 25 percent, “though 25 percent is conservative,” he said.

Moores also said Sandy River Recycling Association, which now serves Rangeley with a contract into 2014, is about to raise their fees by 30 percent.

Following a short public hearing before the regular meeting, the board approved a one-day liquor license to the Rangeley Regional Health and Wellness Partnership for their summer concert, scheduled for July 27. Bald Mountain Camps received a renewal for its liquor license, which is set to expire on May 27. The board also gave approval for the Town Park Master Plan.

The board designated the Fire Department’s old tower truck as surplus, allowing fire Chief Tim Pellerin to put the truck out to bid. The department’s new tower truck should arrive from Pennsylvania by the end of the week. Town Manager Tim Kane said the seller is covering the cost of the transportation.

Town Clerk Ethna Thompson was appointed interim tax collector while a search made to fill the office. Thompson will also handle vehicle registrations.


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