2016-06-15 / Front Page

Kingfield board considers limiting septic service

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

KINGFIELD — Selectmen reiterated the need for one full member and two alternate members for the Appeals Board. The board serves as a review process for appeals and, according to Administrative Assistant Leanna Targett, meets only a few times a year.

The board continued discussion regarding a policy for wastewater pumping outside town limits. The wastewater department pumps residential septic systems at a significantly reduced rate for taxpayers. There are also a few systems that are pumped in Salem and Freeman at the same rate.

There is no rate policy in place for customers outside of town limits and Selectman Brian Hatfield suggested the rate be in line with commercial septic services. Hatfield explained the costs associated with payroll, fuel and insurance did not leave much with the fee set to $150, as it currently is. “If something happened and we had to replace a tire, then we’ve done it for nothing. It would be nice to have a cushion,” Hatfield stated. He suggested offering the service to out of town customers at the same rate a commercial service would charge, which can be twice as much as what the town charged.

Hatfield argued, “I don’t think we should compete with private businesses. We aren’t in the business to compete.”

Targett stated there were only a handful of customers outside of town that use the service. She also stated taxpayers were scheduled first.

With two board members absent, and after discussing a list of variables such as maximum travel radius and rates to charge, selectmen opted to readdress the issue at the next meeting.

Road Commissioner Bruce White notified the board sidewalks would not be painted until after the road is paved. Maine Department of Transportation has scheduled a significant light capital paving project for the region, including Routes 27 and 142. The project will take place this summer.

MaineDOT has scheduled a public hearing regarding future Route 27 road reconstruction. The meeting will be held 6 to 8 p.m. in Webster Hall June 28.

Kingfield Board of Selectmen meets on the first and third Monday of every month. The next meeting will be held on June 20 at 6 p.m. in Webster Hall. Meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.

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