TURNER — At their regular Monday night meeting, selectmen revisited the matter of junkyards in Turner.

Code Enforcement Officer Roger Williams reviewed the progress being made in cleaning up several junkyards that have been ordered to clean up their property. While most were making satisfactory progress, others were not. Selectmen requested Town Manager Kurt Schaub to investigate the town cleaning up the properties and charging the owners and collecting fines on properties that have not made adequate progress.

Public Works Director Jack Moultrie made his regular monthly report to the selectmen. Three thousand tons of cold mix were manufactured in the town gravel pit. His department has been prepping several roads to be paved this summer. This work includes ditching, culvert replacement and shoulder work.

The Public Works Department is shorthanded and has been advertising for new employees.

They are still waiting for plans from the engineer so they can obtain the permits needed to make modifications at the transfer station.

Selectmen approved the “Roadside Mowing/Bush Hogging” request for bids. This work will be done on 53 miles of road.

Schaub introduced the selectmen to the new town treasurer, Darlene Beaulieu.

Schaub reported on his application for a $90,000 grant to supplement local funding for replacing the failing culvert on Tidswell Road. Local funds can replace the existing structure. The grant will allow an improved structure to be installed that will benefit water quality; improve habitats for wildlife, fish and other aquatic life; improve public safety; and include provisions for climate resiliency. The work will be performed next year.

Schaub told selectmen that both Road Aid and Municipal Revenue Sharing funds were up slightly from last year.

Selectmen went into executive session to consider the lawsuit against the county commissioners over their interpretation of the charter.


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