Edgecomb talks snowplowing costs, TIF

Posted:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Chairman Jack Sarmanian gave fellow Edgecomb selectmen information about snowplowing costs Monday, Oct. 8.

The information was in response to a request from resident Ron Carey at a previous meeting to look into the costs in other towns. Sarmanian contacted Damariscotta, Dresden, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Whitefield and Woolwich.

Sarmanian reported that a calculation was made based on cost per mile of road. Based on Edgecomb’s 33 miles and the contract of $241,588, Edgecomb’s cost was $7,320 per mile for the year.

“Based on experience, we have been well served by Scott,” Selectman Mike Smith responded. Smith added, he did not want to see Edgecomb fall to fourth on someone’s list for snow removal after they have cleared other towns.

Town clerk and treasurer Claudia Coffin said unlike previous years, she has not received calls complaining about snowplowing since Griffin has been doing the work. Edgecomb is in the last year of a three-year contract with Griffin.

Sarmanian also provided an update on tax increment financing (TIF), saying he had spoken with attorney Jack Pottle about a special town meeting. Coffin is providing information to Pottle, who will draft materials for the meeting. Chip Griffin has agreed to moderate; Sarmanian said the meeting will take place within the next two months.

A public hearing is planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the municipal building, so residents can question Maine Department of Transportation officials on the intersection of Routes 1 and 27 and access from Englebrekt Road. Selectmen will meet that evening at 5 p.m.

Smith had contacted the town’s previous budget committee members about a forming a new committee. He had received positive feedback from three and was waiting to hear from a fourth member. Overall he is looking for seven members.

EMA Director Bill Witzell reported the fire department received 19 calls for service in September which included five motor vehicle accidents, three for mutual aid, six for medical assistance, two for traffic control, two fire alarms and one chemical spill.

The department also wishes to remind Edgecomb residents the open house for Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire station on Route 27. Hot dogs, popcorn, cookies and drinks will be served.