FARMINGTON — The Board of Selectmen tabled a Sept. 9 public hearing so it can determine whether the house at 130 Wilton Road is considered dangerous under state law.

The board tabled the hearing for 60 days, or until Nov. 25, to provide time for the owner to respond.

“The town is receiving complaints about the property being a prominent eyesore,” Code Enforcement Officer Steve Kaiser wrote to owner Ted Gay and his daughter, Andra Hutchins, in August.

The home is just before Center Bridge as drivers enter town from Wilton Road.

An attorney for Gay notified Kaiser prior to the board meeting that Hutchins did not have power of attorney for him at the time Kaiser’s letters were received. Gay also requested 60 days to respond to the letters with a plan for the property.

The board agreed and postponed the hearing.


In other business at last week’s meeting, the board entered into a lease agreement with William Marceau and Craig Jordan to relocate dumpsters to an area of the downtown municipal parking lot.

The 12- by 20-foot area in the southeast corner of the lot will serve as an enclosure for two dumpsters, Town Manager Richard Davis said. The space is near the Pierce House border and the walking trail to Academy Street.

Four dumpsters from downtown buildings owned by Marceau and Jordan are in the lot but closer to their buildings. The plan would bring the dumpsters away from foot traffic and from downtown restaurants presently within 10 to 15 feet.

Everyone parking in the lot and walking to Reny’s has to walk by them, Jordan told the board.

There are no parking spaces in the proposed area, Davis said. The dumpster move would also help with snow removal in the lot.

It’s beneficial to all of us, Marceau said.


The board also approved use of Meetinghouse Park from Oct. 1 to 15 by Safe Voices to promote recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Safe Voices plans to put up purple lights and a banner in the gazebo and hold its annual vigil Oct. 6, Stacie Bourassa, community educator for Safe Voices, said in a letter to the board.

October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The gazebo has been shared the past few years by Safe Voices and Iris Morgan, who places pink lights there for half the month for breast cancer awareness.

Morgan, wife of Board of Selectmen Chairman Ryan Morgan, in a letter acknowledged the importance of the Safe Voices cause but said, “breast cancer awareness is so important to me that I want to remind everyone about breast cancer awareness every day of the month of October.”

She said she is seeking another location to promote awareness.

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