TURNER — Selectmen on Monday were given copies of the March issue of Down East magazine touting Turner as one of the best places in Maine to live.

Among the statistics listed in the article were a population of 5,732, a median home price of $185,000 and a graduation rate at Leavitt Area High School of 92.81 percent. The population has increased 15 percent since 2000, it said.

The article also mentioned that Androscoggin Riverlands State Park was established in 2009 and offers hiking, mountain biking, ATV riding, hunting and fishing along the Androscoggin River.

Selectmen said they were delighted with the article.

In board business, selectmen approved the town warrant for printing. Express Copy got the job of printing the Town Report on its low bid of $3,825.

Selectmen set the annual town meeting for Saturday, April 5.

They also approved a liquor license renewal for Fore Seasons Restaurant.

Town Manager Scott LaFlamme said he will tour a new animal shelter in Hartford to be sure it’s suitable and, if so, invite the owner to the next selectmen’s meeting.

He also said there are two possibilities for replacing Ricker Hill Bridge over Martin Stream on Route 108. It appears it will cause a four-week road closure if the Maine Department of Transportation goes with a 20-foot-wide bridge, he said. A 16-foot-wide bridge would only be one lane and would allow a temporary bridge.

If the road is closed for a month, it will cause problems with medical and fire emergencies, LaFlamme said.

MDOT representatives will be invited to a selectmen meeting to discuss these plans.


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