MINOT — Selectmen heard updates Monday night on a variety of maintenance and improvement projects from the Highway and Fire departments.

Board Chairman Stephen French said he has applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for a new base radio and antenna for the Fire Department. He also said the town is looking into having the wood harvested on the Orchard Fire Station lot.

Fire Chief Dean Campbell said the department responded to a recent woods fire which resulted in a garage being destroyed.

Town Administrator Arlan Saunders told the board that new trail map signs have been ordered.

The signs will be vinyl on aluminum plates and will be posted at all trailheads and intersections in Minot, he said.

Saunders also said he is checking into paving schedules for town roads. He said the Highway Department continues its ditching work on Death Valley Road, and mowing cemeteries and ball fields.

A report from Scott Parker, highway supervisor II, said an electrician will upgrade the light fixtures from the sodium lights to new LED lights this weekend at the town garage.

Selectmen were reminded of a vacancy on the Regional School Unit 16 board. A candidate is being sought to replace Annette Hemond-Malloy. Selectmen directed that a notice would be placed on the sign in front of the Town Office, and a two-day legal advertisement will be published.

In his administrator’s report, Saunders noted that copiers and printers are scheduled for installation at the Town Office on Thursday morning, June 22. Elevator inspection and alarm testing will take place on June 27, Saunders said.

The board approved an email to Charter Communications (Spectrum), indicating that the town is interested in entering into negotiations following review of a proposal that will be submitted to the town.

Lisa Cesare reminded other board members that they have a site walk for a proposed subdivision Wednesday, June 21, at Woodman Hill for a proposed subdivision.

Board member Eda Tripp said the town has one lot acquired by foreclosure. Upon her motion, seconded by Daniel Callahan Jr., the board voted 5-0 to advertise it for sale.

Tripp also reported the town’s uncollected tax bills include 18 from 2015 and 68 for 2016, amounting to a total of $91,005.

Items of new business discussed included the old vault building at Center Hill Cemetery, which needs painting. Saunders said he will check into it, as well as the repair of gravestones in the center section of the older part of Center Hill Cemetery.

The next board meeting is Aug. 7.


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