TURNER — Selectmen on Monday discussed three complaints made to the Town Office about ATVs speeding along Back Cove and Cobb roads, according to Town Manager Kurt Schaub.

Two of the complaints were from the same person, and one resident said they witnessed a drag race along one of the roads. 

Schaub said he informed Turner Timberlands ATV Club President Matt Jordan that ATV enthusiasts had stirred up gravel while “doing doughnuts” on the shoulder of one road.

“They cleaned it up within hours of my call,” Schaub said.

The board voted unanimously in June to allow the ATV club access to the downtown via Back Cove and Cobb roads for one year. Selectmen will monitor the situation.

In other business, selectmen voted unanimously to declare September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.


Rescue Chief Lisa Bennett presented the proclamation, which said that “in the state of Maine, cancer affects more than 50 new children annually.”

“One in five children diagnosed will not survive,” the proclamation states. 

In another matter, a contract to replace the culvert on Little Wilson Pond Road was awarded to St. Laurent and Son Excavation Inc. of Lewiston for its bid of $49,215. 

Selectman Steve Maheu favored the lowest bid of $41,000 from L.P. Poirier and Son Excavation Inc., while Angelo Terreri and Chairman Kurt Youland were leaning toward St. Laurent and Son.

Schaub said St. Laurent submitted a plan to keep the road open during construction, as was requested in the bid, but L.P. Poirier did not.

Other bids were $88,000 and $155,000.


The board voted unanimously to award the roadside mowing contract to A. Hood & Son Inc., also known as Splash, for $6,250, the same amount as last year. 

Warren Hood, Turner’s newest selectman and owner of the company, recused himself from the discussion and abstained from the vote.

No other bids were received.

Selectmen learned that the Tails Seafood fundraiser last Saturday raised $1,700 for a new stretcher for Turner Rescue.

Schaub informed the board that an expected increase in state funding for School Administrative District 52 is intended for tax relief, according to a conversation with Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake, R-Turner. Schaub said it will be discussed at the school board meeting Aug. 17.

The next selectmen meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Town Office.

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