WILTON — The Maine Old Cemetery Association preservation workshop starts Friday at the Weld Street Cemetery where damaged and deteriorating headstones will be repaired and restored, Town Manager Rhonda Irish reminded the Board of Selectpersons this week.

Wilton and Freeport were considered for the four-day workshop, Aug. 19-22, and Wilton was chosen as the site for its third workshop, she said. Trees and brush around the cemetery have been cut this week in preparation.

In other business, Irish has met with Shirley Thompson, owner of a home at 30 Webb Ave. that was declared a dangerous building earlier this month.

Since the Aug. 2 public hearing, someone has stepped forward and offered to help Thompson, Irish said. 

“She, sincerely, does not want to put this on the town to take on,” Irish said. 

The board gave Thompson 30 days, or until Sept. 14, to take action and until Sept. 29 to complete the work or the town would take it on, she said.


The Department of Environmental Protection has no requirements for mold removal, she said.

Other items discussed include:

* A Central Maine Power public presentation on the proposed substation off Main Street will take place Sept. 20. CMP wants to make a presentation and understand public concerns before they go to the Planning Board for a permit, she said.

*  A presentation on the sewer rate increase will take place at the board’s Sept. 6 meeting. 

*  The board approved a bid of $11,331 to Vermont Tennis Court for resurfacing of two tennis courts and a basketball court.

* The board approved acceptance of an anonymous donation of $1,000 to the Wilton Police Department. Chief Heidi Wilcox received the donation with directions that it be used at the department’s sole discretion for the safety and security needs of Wilton police. They would like to do something for children on Halloween night, Irish said.

* The Recreation Department also received a donation to purchase portable picnic tables for Kineowatha Park, she said.

* The town recently received a solar-powered speed limit sign from the Maine Department of Transportation. Chief Wilcox has trained on setting the sign, Irish said. A small trailer will help post the sign on roads such as Route 2 and Weld Road to warn drivers who are going too fast, she said.

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