MINOT — Selectmen on Monday approved Great North’s Music and Arts Festival’s plans to contract with Waterfront Concerts for catering and liquor licensing at the concert at Hemond’s Motocross Park on Route 119 on Sept. 9-11.

John Hicks, concert organizer, also gave selectmen copies of the agreement with New England Security, proof of liability insurance, arrangements for medical emergencies and with G.A. Downing for toilet facilities.

Hicks is in contact with the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office to handle off-site traffic issues and plans to meet with Fire Chief Dean Campbell to review his mass-casualty plans.

Hicks said he has sold about 2,000 tickets and plans are being made to handle a potential crowd of between 5,000 and 7,000.

Hicks said Great North, in this fourth annual event, will host hundreds of musical, visual and performance artists from Maine and beyond the U.S.

Selectmen also met with Center Minot Heights subdivision resident Matthew Tassinari who wanted to know whether the requirement that residents of the subdivision form a homeowners’ association could be eliminated.

Tassinari said he is trying to sell his house and is finding lenders are concerned that the subdivision has no homeowners’ association.

Selectmen noted that when the Planning Board approved Center Minot Heights subdivision, part of the agreement with developer Kurt Youland was that he form a homeowners’ association for the purpose of maintaining a fire pond.

Selectmen also pointed out that the Fire Department recently brought attention to the fact that fire ponds in a couple of subdivisions haven’t been adequately maintained and that they have been looking into who should be held responsible.

As a result, Town Administrator Arlan Saunders said he recently sent Youland a letter informing him that the fire pond in Center Minot Heights needed attention.

Saunders said Youland was not only responsible for taking care of the fire pond, but it appeared he was also responsible for setting up the homeowners’ association.

He suggested that Tassinari contact Youland about the matter.

In other business:

* Saunders told selectmen that something needs to be done about leaks in the Town Office roof. Selectmen agreed that work should be done before winter sets in and directed Saunders to seek bids.

Selectmen agreed that rather than call a special town meeting, they will place a question on the November ballot asking for approval of the project. Should the measure pass, the roof would be replaced before the snow flies.

* Saunders reported that the cost to date for the installation of the twin, 8-foot diameter culverts on Pottle Hill Road stands at $33,729, not including the cost of paving.

* Selectman Steve French reported that the arsenic level in water being supplied to the Minot Consolidated School is “non-detectable” now that the filters have been replaced at the town garage well. Tests in June showed arsenic levels that were marginally above the allowed 10 parts per billion limit. With the filters, the level is less than one part per billion.

MINOT-Selectmen on Monday approved Great North’s Music and Arts Festival’s plans to contract with Waterfront Concerts to handle catering and liquor licensing requirements for the three-day concert planned for Sept. 9 to 11 at Hemond’s Motocross Park on Route 119.
John Hicks, concert organizer, also gave selectmen copies of the agreement with New England Security, which will be working on-site to make sure things go smoothly, as well as proof of liability insurance and arrangements he has made for handling medical emergencies and with G. A. Downing to provide adequate toilet facilities for the duration of the event.
Hicks is also in contact with the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Office to handle off-site traffic issues and plans to meet with Fire Chief Dean Campbell to review his mass casualty plans.
Hicks said he has sold about 2,000 tickets to date and plans are being made to handle a potential crowd of between 5,000 and 7,000 people.
Hicks said Great North, in this, its fourth annual event, will be hosting hundreds of musical, visual and performance artists from Maine and beyond the U.S.
Selectmen also met with Center Minot Heights subdivision resident Matthew Tassinari who wanted to know whether the requirement that residents of the subdivision form a homeowners’ association could be eliminated.
Tassinari said that he is trying to sell his house and is finding that lenders are concerned with the fact that the subdivision has no homeowners’ association.
Selectmen noted that when the planning board approved Center Minot Heights subdivision, part of the agreement with developer Kurt Youland was that he form a homeowners’ association for the purpose of maintaining a fire pond.
Selectmen also pointed out that the fire department recently brought attention to the fact that fire ponds in a couple of subdivisions haven’t been adequately maintained and that they have been looking into who should be held responsible.
As a result, Town Administrator Arlan Saunders noted he had recently sent Youland a letter informing him that the fire pond in Center Minot Heights needed attention.
Saunders said that Youland was not only responsible for taking care of the fire pond but, it appeared, was also responsible for setting up the homeowners association.
He suggested that Tassinari contact Youland about the matter.
In other business, Saunders told selectmen that something needs to be done about leaks in the town office roof.
Selectmen agreed that work should be done before winter sets in and directed Saunders to seek bids for re-roofing the town office.
As no money has been earmarked for roof repair, selectmen agreed that rather than call a special town meeting, they will place a referendum question on the Nov. ballot asking for voter approval of the project with the idea that, should the measure pass, the roof would be replaced before the snow flies.
Saunders reported that the cost to date for the installation of the twin, 8-foot diameter culverts on Pottle Hill Road stands at $33,729 with the cost for paving the cut still outstanding.
 
Selectman Steve French reported that the arsenic level in water being supplied to the Minot Consolidated School is “non-detectable” now that the filters have been replaced at the town garage well. Tests in June showed arsenic levels that were marginally above the allowed 10 parts per billion limit, with the renewed filters the level is less than one part per billion.

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