TURNER — Town Manager Kurt Schaub gave an update to selectmen Monday on the status of a lawsuit filed by 12 of the 14 communities of Androscoggin County against the County Commission in July 2015.

Based on information obtained by Schaub through the county’s legal billing department, the lawsuit has cost the county approximately $160,000 so far.

The ongoing suit filed in Androscoggin County Superior Court argues that commissioners overstepped their powers in approving the county budget by voting in higher salaries and benefits for themselves than what was authorized by the Budget Committee in 2014. It asks for the return of all salaries and benefits not approved by the Budget Committee.

The suit was amended in an effort to prevent the commissioners from having the county foot the bill for their legal fees.

Schaub also informed selectmen that there is “no evidence that the county’s insurance company is paying for any of it,” as has previously been suggested.

In other business, a public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in the City Council Chamber at Auburn Hall on safety concerns for the southern end of Townsend Brook Road.

According to a letter from Auburn City Engineer Tony Beaulieu, the issue is the lack of a turn-only lane, which led to a recent three-car accident.

Beaulieu believes that, “prohibiting northbound left turns from Route 4 could reduce rear-end collision accidents that occur on that section of roadway.”

Chairman Kurt Youland expressed doubt that this would accomplish anything but push the problem a little farther up the road.

“What they need is a left-turn-only lane,” Youland said.

Municipal officers will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the County Building to choose two residents from each district to serve on the Budget Committee. Turner’s district is comprised of Leeds, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Minot and Turner.

The following items were also discussed:

• Turner selectmen will meet onsite at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, to discuss planned improvements to the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center. Renovations will include new restrooms and entryway, and making the facility handicapped accessible.

• Board members discussed the possible purchase of a heavy-duty side-dump truck.

Selectman Ralph Caldwell asked, “Are we going to use it for anything other than sanding and plowing?”

Highway Department Manager Leland Searles said they probably would not and agreed to look around for other options.

• The board voted 4-1 to accept a high bid of $9,125 for a 2006 GMC Sierra heavy duty truck. 

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