TURNER — The Board of Selectmen on Monday reviewed a resident’s letter complaining that more than 20 ATVs passed by her house on Back Cove Drive on Saturday.

“Although they were traveling slowly, the sound of these machines is very disruptive,” Robin Nadeau wrote in the letter, which was signed by her husband, Michael Nadeau. 

Nadeau admitted that her husband had signed the petition to allow access, which he now regrets.

“Every weekend, we are subjected to noise, speeding ATVs and dirt bikes,” the letter states.

After a brief discussion, selectmen stuck to their original decision to give the measure a trial period of a year. No action was taken.

Turner Timberlands ATV Club received approval for ATV access along Cobb Road and Back Cove Drive in August 2017.

In other business, Ian Ledbetter presented his Eagle Scout project plan to clean up the General Turner Hill Cemetery on General Turner Hill Road.

“I plan to clean off all the lichens growing on the headstones and cut back all of the overgrown brush,” Ledbetter said.

Granite headstones will be scrubbed with water and soft-bristled brushes, while older white marble stones will not be scrubbed, in order to preserve their surfaces and avoid any damage.

Ledbetter said he would remove the poison sumac growing in one corner of the cemetery before it spreads. He also informed the board he would raise the money to cover supplies and equipment, and all labor would be volunteer.

Selectmen unanimously approved the project.

Selectman Angelo “Terry” Terreri motioned to designate the gravel pit on Pit Road in Turner as Turner’s emergency debris management site to fulfill the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s regulations. Though the transfer station was mentioned as another possible location, after discussion, the board decided that would likely cause traffic issues at the busy facility.

Selectman Steven Maheu seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved.

Use of the expected increase in state funding for School Administrative District 52 was not discussed at the Aug. 17 school board meeting, according to Town Manager Kurt Schaub.

Schaub said Superintendent Kimberley Brandt informed him it did not make it onto the agenda but will be put on the agenda for the next school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Leeds Central School.

Schaub and the board want to know how much of that state funding will be passed along to the towns of Leeds, Greene and Turner for tax relief.

Estimates from Gagne & Son of Auburn and Swenson Granite Works of Westbrook for installation of Turner’s new 24-inch, 350-pound bronze Bicentennial Bell were solicited and expected to be voted on at the next board of selectmen meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at the Town Office.

The original bell was stolen in October 2012 and a replacement delivered in October 2015. The new bell will be installed high atop granite posts, safely out of reach of vandals.

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