STRONG — Although the Maine Department of Transportation will not rebuild a section of Route 4 for at least two years, residents can make a wish list to include several improvements.

At their Tuesday night meeting, Selectman Mike Pond shared what he learned at a recent meeting state representatives hosted at the Forster Memorial Building.

“They didn’t know about the swimming spot at Blue Ledge,” he said. “They also didn’t know that the ATV and snowmobile trails cross the road right there.”

He said state engineers had considered placing curbing around a section of the road that would make road crossings difficult for seasonal traffic on those trails. He also suggested that selectmen consider other opportunities to improve road access for drivers and those who enjoy recreational opportunities.

Selectmen also discussed their obligation to accommodate taxpayers who ignore letters requesting payment for property taxes. Town officials attempt to reach owners by phone or registered mail before taking action.

“Some of (the property owners) won’t even take registered letters,” town treasurer Sandra Mitchell said.

Whenever these issues have been revisited annually, selectmen have agreed to give delinquent taxpayers additional time. On Tuesday night, they concluded that such leniency hadn’t produced significant results. Four properties have unpaid taxes since 2010, and five since 2011. Even if property owners contact Mitchell after the foreclosure process is completed, all past tax bills plus interest must be paid before she can return ownership by quitclaim deed.

Since property owners have received written notices warning them that they face foreclosure, selectmen decided all properties should be put out to bid after mailing a 60-day courtesy notice. One property title remains to be cleared, according to Mitchell.

In other news, Sandy Libby asked selectmen if the town would consider paving a one-tenth mile section of Burbank Hill. She and her mother live on that section of the town road. She also noted that a section of culvert needs repair.

“The road has been not paved forever,” she said.

Road foreman Duayne Boyd agreed the culvert should be repaired but told Libby she would have to remove the electrical cord that runs through the culvert to her pond across the road. He also noted that he has the town road repaving schedule on a cycle that would cover that section of Burbank Hill five years from now.

Selectman Jim Burrill updated selectmen on the fate of Sandy River recycling Center. Farmington has signed an agreement with Waste Management and may consider an agreement with Wattle’s Sani-Waste, which would end the town’s agreement with Sandy River Recycling Center.

Strong has recycled more than 11 tons of materials, mostly through private haulers such as Wattle’s and Archie’s, he said. Individuals also may take their recyclables to the Farmington transfer station.

Burrill said the future of the recycling center is uncertain, because individuals choose to do business with its competitors. Strong has a recycling ordinance, but selectmen do not have the authority to enforce it.


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