June 19, 2019

Washburn firm awarded contract

MARS HILL — Maynard Brothers Construction of Washburn was awarded a $130,000 contract Monday for road reconstruction on Grove Street Extension and Institute Street. The project, scheduled for completion this summer, will include paving, sidewalks and drainage.

Councilors signed a $4,500 contract with the Northern Maine Regional Planning Commission to review and inventory facilities, conduct a market study and seek possible funding sources for development of an industrial park on the former Bangor & Aroostook Railroad property. The propertry was purchased by the town last year.

Town officials imposed a fine of $100 on Tim Glidden of Mars Hill for improperly installing a wastewater system in a private home. The fine was recommended by Ronald Boyd, code enforcement officer.

Town Manager Raymond Mersereau said that Glidden covered the system before it was inspected and that the system was not in compliance with plumbing codes. The fine must be paid before further permits will be issued, Mersereau said.

The council authorized Mersereau to hire a plumber to install a device in the community center water system to prevent backflow, and approved a proposal by Aroostook County Action Program to establish a Head Start program in the building for the next school year. The agency will donate $2,000 toward heat and utility costs.

Responding to requests to recondition old roads, councilors agreed that the town could do minor grading and spread gravel after high priority projects were completed. The roads discussed were the Carney Road Extension, the Peers Road and Hawksley Road.

A public hearing was set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, concerning a proposed amendment to ordinances for general assistance and mobile homes. The amendment to the general assistance ordinance would require general assistance recipients who qualify for Supplemental Security Income to make reimbursement.

The amendment to the mobile home ordinance would require permanent foundations, pitched roofs and skirting around the entire unit.

The council approved the following items:

Use of the $17,486 in state jobs bond funds for the Grove Street extension project.

Authorized Joe Shaw, economic development director, to prepare a 1993 Community Development Block Grant application for work on Silver Street.

Authorized Mersereau to solicit engineering proposals for the town dump scheduled for closure in 1994.

To advertise a town secretary position.

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