Brewer councilors oppose tax measure

Posted Sept. 08, 2009, at 11:18 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — City councilors voted unanimously to oppose the TABOR II statewide referendum question during their regular meeting on Tuesday and suggested that residents educate themselves about the measure before casting ballots in November.

During the meeting, the board :

• Accepted a donation to the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department, totaling $900, which was from nine area businesses and groups, and another for $1,450 from the Brewer Eagles Club and lawyer Joel Dearborn to support Brewer Days.

• Declared a 1964 firetruck as surplus, purchased a $20,500 high output snowblower, and approved spending $124,955 to refurbish the city’s only grader. A new replacement grader would have cost around $280,000, Public Works Director David Cote told the council.

• Hired Sargent Corp. of Stillwater to construct a raw water intake at Hatcase Pond in Eddington, the city’s water source, for $360,590, and approved proceeding with a $56,000 project to build a storage shed for the Water Department.

• Entered into an agreement to allow Joel Dolbow to reacquire his property at 315 Wilson St., which he lost because of unpaid taxes and water and sewer bills, if he agrees to pay back all of his unpaid bills and the associated attorney fees to put his property under liens.

• Officially set up a conservation easement for land behind the ice arena and Brewer High School, which was given to the city years ago.

• Moved $64,646 in unused project funds from 2009 into the 2010 budget, and wrote off $68,418 in unpaid property taxes that resulted mostly from bankruptcies, closed businesses and several people who have moved. The majority of the write-off was for the bankruptcy of Campbell Construction, which owed $58,116.

• Agreed to partner with Bangor and 19 other communities for the Oct. 3 regional household hazardous waste collection and disposal program, held annually at Bangor Public Works, 530 Maine Ave.

• Posted a proposal to remove the word “conservation” from the Brewer Parks, Conservation and Recreation Department, and create a new Conservation Commission. That proposal will be voted on at the next council meeting.

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