September 18, 2008

Government at a Glance

Board: Sabattus Board of Selectmen

Met: Tuesday night

Abandoned 40 years ago or not?

Issue: Part of Bens Hill Road is paved and in good shape, part isn't. It's unclear whether the town abandoned the unpaved section 40 years ago or whether it didn't and now has to pay for repairs.

The scoop: A public hearing didn't settle the matter. Minutes from a 1964 town meeting found Bens Hill (formerly Old Fisher Road) was one of five road portions voters authorized selectmen to close that year, but minutes from the later meetings when the closures would have happened haven't been found.

Up next: More discussion at the selectmen's Oct. 7 meeting and a decision coming Oct. 21.

Poster contest

Issue: Code Enforcement Officer Steve Lebrun is starting a poster contest to highlight stormwater management. The art has to be by a student, in any medium, and can illustrate slogans such as "Only Rain Down the Drain" and "We All Live Downstream." There are four categories: first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth, and seventh and eighth grades.

Lebrun said the contest will earn Sabattus points toward its stormwater best management practices with the Department of Environmental Protection for public participation and education.

Up next: Get painting, coloring and marking. Prizes and deadlines to be determined.

Senior BBQ

Issue: Police Sgt. Gil Turcotte asked selectmen for permission to use the Community Room to host the annual free senior citizens barbecue. They did.

Up next: Eat up Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Rain date: Sept. 25.

Asking businesses help

Issue: Some residents who need heating help this winter earn just a little too much to qualify for general assistance.

Up next: General Assistance Administrator Judy Fournier got permission to ask businesses to donate to a Keeping Sabattus Neighbors Warm fund.

In the hopper

Issue: A request for a bulletproof police vest was bumped to the next meeting when selectmen can get more details on price.

Issue: Selectmen asked the road foreman to keep calling around, after he reported the price of salt was up $20 a ton, to $74.

Issue: There is no date yet for the joint meeting of Sabattus, Wales and Greene selectmen and the Sabattus Lake Dam Commission to talk about water levels.

Contact reporter Kathryn Skelton via phone at 689-2844 or via e- mail at [email protected]

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