April 26, 2018
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Brownville voters to decide eminent domain plan

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

BROWNVILLE, Maine — A proposed municipal spending plan of $857,355 will be voted on at the annual town meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. March 15 at Brownville Elementary School.

The municipal budget is $28,465 less than the current fiscal year’s appropriation.

Based on surveys completed last month by residents regarding municipal services, selectmen and the budget committee have recommended a reduction of part-time office staff, elimination of the annual donation of $4,600 to the Brownville Public Library, and the shutting off of about half of the town’s streetlights. They also have recommended using the proceeds of refreshments sold at local sporting events and donations to help pay for T-shirts and trophies for youths enrolled in the town’s recreation programs. These recommendations are reflected in the proposed budget.

Before the town meeting, a public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on proposed eminent domain proceedings the town plans to take on a few feet on Knights Landing Road. Residents then would decide whether to take the land by eminent domain.

“It’s not a lot of land and it’s to clear up some boundary issues we’ve had with the road,” Town Manager Sophia Wilson said. When the road originally was laid out on paper, it got moved, and for many years the town has had a dispute with the abutting landowners, she said. “We’ve gone ahead and had it surveyed and now we’d like to clear up the boundary of the road.”

Once the town owns the additional footage, Wilson said, the plan is to rebuild Knights Landing Road and put in underground drainage. “We think that it’s going to be a really nice upgrade to that road,” she said. In addition, the town plans to work with Lakeview Plantation to upgrade the boat launch.

Residents will elect a selectman, a SAD 41 director for a one-year term and another for a three-year term during the municipal election. Polls will be open from noon to 5 p.m.

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