2017-10-11 / Front Page

Kingfield marijuana moratorium petition filed

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer

KINGFIELD — The Board of Selectmen addressed a full agenda at its Monday, Oct. 2 meeting. Per the request of the board, Bruce Manzer was present to discuss an option for rebuilding Tufts Pond Road. Manzer estimated it would cost the town between $600,000 and $700,000 to reclaim and reconstruct 9,100 feet of failing road from Curtis Brook Road to Deer Farm Campground.

Manzer explained the project could be broken up into manageable sections over several years. He suggested doing one third of the road each year for three years. “We do that for a lot of towns. It gives the road time to go through the frost/freeze cycle allowing for adjustments and repairs before applying hot top,” said Manzer.

Ditches and culverts were not included in the estimate, but Manzer said they would need to be addressed. Selectmen asked Manzer to add an estimate for ditching and culvert work so options could be explored.

Administrative Assistant Leanna Targett suggested the board address a recent denied petition to change the date of the annual Town Meeting by taking the issue to voters by ballot. A sample ballot included several options for days in June, including the first Monday, first Saturday and third Saturday.

Selectmen rejected the suggestion and opted to continue having the Town Meeting on the first Saturday in June.

Targett presented selectmen with a petition signed by 90 registered voters requesting selectmen consider creating a Moratorium Ordinance on Retail Marijuana Establishments, Retail Marijuana Stores and Retail Marijuana Social Clubs. Chairman Wade Browne recalled the board had discussed the issue with Planning Board Chairman Clay Tranten in the past. “We agreed that a petition could be circulated to get an idea on how the residents feel about this topic. Our discussion was that upon submittal of said petition we would most likely have the Planning Board research further,” Browne said.

Selectmen will ask the Planning Board to research the topic and report its findings before moving forward with consideration of a Moratorium Ordinance.

Tax Collector Raylene Tolman reported 55 tax liens had been sent out to property owners for the 2017 Fiscal Tax year. She sent 114 30-day notices to those property owners last month, so more than half of properties in arrears had been paid. Once a tax lien certificate is filed with the Registry of Deeds, property owners have 18 months to pay before foreclosure occurs. Tolman said 21 properties were on Fiscal year 2016 Notice of Foreclosure list, which will be acted upon in January 2018.

Road Commissioner Brian Collins reported winter sand had been put up for the upcoming season. He also said he was planning on trading the old plow on the department’s one-ton truck for a new plow. When Browne asked what was wrong with the plow, Collins stated the plow was six years old and the repair welds were inadequate. Browne asked for a list of what was wrong with the plow before moving forward.

The Board of Selectmen meets the first and third Monday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in Webster Hall. Meetings are open to the public and attendance is encouraged.

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