April 05, 2020

Ashland rejects $100 ambulance fee

DOVER-FOXCROFT — An annual fee of only $100 proposed by Piscataquis County commissioners to Ashland for ambulance service in the county’s outlying unorganized townships has been rejected by town officials.

The commissioners had proposed a contract with Ashland in which the county would pay the town $100 for ambulance service for the year.

James Collins, Ashland town manager, notified the commissioners in writing this week that his Town Council found the $100 fee an unacceptable subsidy for coverage in eight townships. The townships covered under past contracts include Township 9, Ranges 9, 10, 11 and 12, and Township 10, Ranges 9 10, 11 and 12.

Collins’ letter was read Tuesday at the commissioners’ meeting. The town manager informed the commissioners that town officials would contact the major landowners and contractors in these townships regarding the coverage. The results of those discussions would play a role in the council’s decision, he wrote.

In other business, the commissioners Tuesday hoped to have ended discussion about the possibility of improving a section of roadway in remote Chesuncook Village. Last month, a property owner there requested some road improvements to allow access by four-wheel-drive vehicles. A second request was received this month from another individual.

Much opposition, however, has been expressed by other seasonal residents about the road improvements. Most want the village to remain as it is to prevent easy access.

The commissioners have learned that the portion of road that is in need of repair is not owned by the county, but is privately owned by Bowater Paper Co.

“It’s out of our control anyway because we’re not the owners of the road,” said newly elected Chairman Tony Bartley.

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