Town of Edgecomb

Selectmen direct fire chief and road commissioner to work out differences

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 10:00am
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On March 13, Selectman Jack Sarmanian explains Edgecomb’s plans to seek a Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission grant for surveying and engineering costs to subdivide the former Lallis property. BILL PEARSON/Boothbay Register

Edgecomb selectmen won’t intervene in a disagreement between the fire chief and road commissioner. During the March 13 board meeting, selectmen told Fire Chief Roy Potter to work out his snow plowing concerns with Road Commissioner Scott Griffin. This is the second time Potter requested board support regarding snow plowing the fire station. But Selectman Mike Smith said Potter was dealing with the wrong elected official.

“If you have issues with him, or concerns about snow plowing, deal with him. He is the elected road commissioner. Deal with him before you show up at a meeting again,” Smith said.

Following February’s massive snow storm, Potter asked selectmen to pay closer attention to the fire department’s emergency transportation needs. Potter complained about five-foot-high snow banks plowed against the fire station doors and no clear landing path for a Lifeflight helicopter. During the March 13 meeting, Potter reported he’d attempted to discuss the situation with Griffin, but no meeting occurred. He told selectmen his concern resulted from taking a proactive approach in avoiding a potential emergency situation.

“If I don’t have access inside the fire house that’s a concern,” Potter said. “Since the commissioner is contracted to plow our roads, I thought the selectmen should become involved.”

The selectmen advised Potter that massive snow storms create problems for the entire community. “In my opinion, the (snow plow) crew did a tremendous job removing 30 inches of snow. I understand your concern, but Scott did a great job handling it,” Smith said.

In other action, the board discussed the former bed frame building’s removal. Selectmen directed Code Enforcement Officer Stan Waltz to contact owners Arthur and Crystal Cyr of Burnham regarding their plans for removing the dilapidated building. Waltz attempted to contact the Cyrs a year ago, but  discussions were delayed due to Arthur Cyr’s health problems.

Waltz said an Edgecomb resident who owns a plumbing business recently expressed interest in purchasing the property. In the meantime, Waltz will notify the owners about the selectmen’s wishes.

Selectmen are also following town attorney Bill Dale’s advice to add a $13,591.40 assessment to a Gleason Road property owner’s tax bill.  In July, Edgecomb was successful in its contempt of court case against Stephenson Marine Trust, which owns the property.

A Wiscasset District Court judge ruled Stephenson Marine Trust and trustee Timothy Stephenson had violated a 2013 agreement with the town. Stephenson, a Southport resident, is responsible for court-imposed fines and the town’s legal fees.  This month, Dale advised selectmen to add the legal fees as part of a special assessment to the property. If the property taxes aren’t paid by June 2018,  the town would place a lien on it, and possibly seek ownership through foreclosure in December 2019.

Selectmen voted unanimously to seek a $2,000 Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission grant. The board wants a $2,000 grant to survey the former Lallis property on McKay Road. The town has owned the 82-acre, tax-acquired property parcel since 2002. Town officials want to subdivide four to eight acres and sell two to six plots.

The board will meet next at 6 p.m. Monday, March 27 in the municipal building.