NORWAY — Selectmen were told at Thursday night’s board meeting that two tenants have been evicted from an “out of control” apartment building as town officials and the landlord work to resolve issues.

Police Chief Rob Federico told selectmen several weeks ago that the house at 7 King St. owned by Oradell Pratt of Norway is “completely out of control.”

“The owner signed a consent agreement to continue to work with the town to avoid this type of problem,” Town Manager David Holt said Friday morning.

Federico told the board two weeks ago that police had been to the house 14 times and the landlord was attempting to evict two tenants, but the trouble remained.

According to the town’s Disorderly House Ordinance, a dwelling where police have responded multiple times within 30 days is declared disorderly. Under the ordinance, the board was allowed to enter into a consent agreement with the owner to control the conduct.

Violations of the ordinance, such as failure to abide by a consent agreement, can bring a fine of not less than $100 or more than $2,500, plus attorney fees and costs. 

“I thought the owner did what he should have done. There are no particular issues with the owner,” Holt said Friday.

In other news, the board held a public hearing to review the preliminary plans for the proposed Alpine Street sidewalk. Paris, Norway and the Maine Department of Transportation are designing and building the sidewalk to promote pedestrian and safety convenience.

The sidewalk will go from Route 26, at the intersection of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, along Alpine Street to the Gouin Athletic Field.

The state is paying 80 percent of the costs, Paris 10 percent and Norway 10 percent. The project was estimated to cost about $180,000 several years ago but has not gone out to bid yet, Holt said.

He said the project will begin this summer with the preliminary engineering design.

In other action, the board accepted a $2,500 donation from former Selectwoman Irene Millett in memory of her husband, Norway Fire Department Capt. David Millett, who passed away in 2014 hours after battling a structure fire.

Millett requested the funds be used for training and safety equipment for the tower truck. Her husband joined the Norway Fire Department as a volunteer in 1972, eventually serving as captain of Engine 2 and prior to his death as safety officer. He was also treasurer of the Norway Firemen’s Relief Association and headed up the operation of the Firemen’s Cook Shack at the Oxford County Fair for the 20 years.

The board reviewed a 2016-17 budget recommendation of $350,000 for improvements to Roberts and Upton Brothers roads, an overlay on Crockett Ridge Road and Thomas Hill, and for future engineering work on town streets.

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