DEDHAM, Maine - Town officials want to clarify a contract made a year ago that allows the harvest of 663 acres.
In August 2007, Prentiss & Carlisle, a forest resource management and timberland service, signed a contract with Dedham and the Lucerne-in-Maine Village Corp. allowing the company to harvest the Kiski Lot in Dedham and create trails for hiking and hunting.
Some residents have found confusion in the contract, which states that Prentiss & Carlisle agree “at its expense, to construct roads and skidder trails in accordance with the appropriate rules of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission.”
Some residents found the wording to mean that Prentiss & Carlisle was responsible for the costs of road construction, for which Lucerne and Dedham have been paying.
Others said the phrase refers to the conditions of roads and not to their construction.
“There is no conflict,” said Prentiss & Carlisle vice president Tom Nelson. “That part of the contract deals with the expense of maintaining existing roads, which we have been doing. Maybe that says two things, and if the town wants some clarification, I have no reservations about that.”
Nelson said the company and the towns of Lucerne and Dedham have been working closely with the project, and that there have been no problems during the contract process.
Dedham Administrative Assistant Michelle Begin said the town had been made aware of the situation.
“Obviously something was missed,” she said on the clarity of the contract.
Begin said the contract is being fulfilled as written by both parties.
“The residents voted to fund the project, so they aren’ t paying for anything that wasn’ t approved,” she said.
Begin added that all meetings held to discuss the management of the lot and the contract were open and publicized.
The town has paid $45,341.10 toward the project and has received $45,768.42 in revenue from stumpage, a net gain of $427.32, according to Begin.
“It’ s a technicality,” said Nelson. “Rest assured the town will be in the green when the project is complete.”
The Kiski Lot is located just off Route 1A near the Big Hill in Dedham.
The project will develop a trail network throughout the lot and harvest 4,500-5,000 cords of wood over a three-year period, according to town documents.