Selectmen’s Minutes, March 8, 2012



March 8, 2012


Selectmen present:  Neil Davis, Colby Pert, Victor Smith


Also present:  Road Commissioner Paul Carter, CEO Duane Ford, Planning Board Chair Palmer Little, Treasurer Cindy Reilly, Tax Collector Belinda Pert, Reporter Bette Britt, Nelson Grindal, Fred Marston, Paul Trowbridge, Roger Picard


1)         Read and accepted the minutes of the last meeting.


2)         Signed treasurer’s warrant for $124,461.71; education was $116,949.33, general assistance was

$899.74, and snow was $1,307.74.


3)         A letter from a potential landowner wishing to know about her liability for the road on the south end of the North Cross Road if she improved the road to have access to the property.  She was told that if she improved the road, she would be liable for any damages, because the town has closed the road for maintenance. 


4)         Signed a letter for the Benjamin River Apartments acknowledging that, even though they are tax exempt, they pay the town 2% of the gross rent in lieu of taxes.


5)         Signed a quit claim for a resident who is buying a piece of foreclosed property from the bank.


6)         Picard was in to review the town’s 10-year road plan.  Everything is on schedule with the plan.


7)         Complaints and comments on the condition of Route 172.  This is a state-aid road, and the state is supposed to maintain it.  The town keeps it plowed and sanded in the winter but is not required to repair it.  It has been 17 years since it was hot topped.

8)         The cell tower on Caterpillar Hill has been taken over by another construction company.  Grain Company will be committing enough finances to finish the project.

9)         Grindal was given the go ahead to continue with the Salt Pond Access.  He also would like to survey the Silvermine access as soon as the weather permits.  Davis will contact the homeowner at the Salt Pond access to discuss deed transfers.

10)       If necessary, there is money in the road account to use toward the road work on the accesses.  Caretakers and public access committee members will be checking the accesses soon to see what maintenance needs to be done after the winter.


            There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8 pm.


                                                Victor Smith, 3rd Selectman