TURNER — Selectmen on Monday unanimously approved renewing a salvage yard permit for Jesse Walker after reviewing photographs of the site.

Walker said selectmen have renewed his license regularly since 1985.

Used car dealer Jim Hanson apologized to selectmen for being defensive at their previous meeting, adding that they had “valid complaints about his property.” He said he has begun to address the complaints and will seek suggestions from selectmen regarding screening his property.

Chairman Angelo Terreri reported that the Athletic Association held its first 5K race, which attracted nearly 100 participants. They also hosted a soccer round robin with six schools participating.

On Nov. 16, the association will hold a community dance at the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center from 7 p.m. to midnight. Music will be supplied by Sharon Buck and Dixon Road. All proceeds will go to the children’s athletic program in Turner.

Plans are being made for the annual Christmas-tree lighting. There will be refreshments and gifts from Santa for the kids, Terreri said. Ricker Hill Orchards furnishes hot cider.

New businesses will participate this year. Kim Kuusela, manager of the new Hannaford in Turner, said her store will furnish refreshments. Community Credit Union will provide gifts for the children, Town Manager Scott LaFlamme said.

Other local businesses are encouraged to contact the Town Office about participating.

Selectmen tabled action on proposed amendments to the Floodplain Management Ordinance. Because of the complexity of the changes, they will study them before further discussion.

Following a public hearing, which had no comments, selectmen adopted state recommended revisions to the General Assistance Ordinance. It does not require a vote by residents.

While LaFlamme said there was some flexibility in the guidelines in emergency situations, the new ordinance will deny GA to households that exceed the monthly income threshold, which varies from $529 per month for one person to $1,094 for five persons.

Selectmen agreed to meet at the Turner Fire Hall on Monday, Nov. 4, because voting will take place at their regular meeting room in the Town Office on Nov. 5.


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