Public hearing to focus on proposed ATV routes

Posted June 17, 2010, at 10:51 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — A proposal to expand all-terrain vehicle access in this tourist community will be discussed at a public hearing at 6 p.m. July 7 in the municipal building.

In a straw poll conducted earlier this month, Greenville residents narrowly favored extending more privileges to ATV drivers. Residents voted 274-268 to keep the Pritham Avenue ATV access route open each year, and they voted 304-227 to create an ATV access route from Eveleth Hill to Moosehead Lake Road through the blinking light to Lily Bay Road to Foss Street. The latter route would link to a perimeter trail now under construction that basically follows the power line.

Selectmen are expected to act on the two routes after the public hearing.

Until then, Town Manager John Simko was directed by selectmen Wednesday to seek the answers to two liability questions regarding the routes. Specifically, selectmen want it in writing that the town would have no exposure to liability for having the routes across town and state ways. They also want to know what happens when there is a property damage accident between a motor vehicle operator who has liability coverage and an ATV rider who does not have the coverage.

The Moosehead ATV club has been asked to work out the details of where and how parking would be accomplished and what type of signs would be needed before the public hearing. In addition, Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau has been asked to prepare an enforcement plan for the proposed new route.

“The public voted on these straw votes to make the current trail permanent and to add a new trail. Our job now is to offer all the details as to how that would be implemented and to answer any concerns about safety or liability,” Simko said Thursday.

In other action Wednesday, selectmen awarded the stump dump closure project to Snowman Construction of St. Albans for $4,900. A second award for closure of the construction demolition debris landfill and partial closure of the municipal solid waste pile was given to Lander Associates of Greenville for $76,996. Both submitted the lowest bids for the projects, which will start after July 1, Simko said.

Selectmen recognize that the St. Albans firm, which also bid on the second project, may not want to do the stump dump closure, according to Simko. If that is the case, it will be awarded to Lander Associates, which submitted the second-lowest bid.

Chris Bussell has been appointed the new public works foreman as of July 1, taking the place of Mike Thornton, who retires from the position June 30.

Selectmen on Wednesday also elected Alan McBrierty as board chairman and Eugene Murray as vice chairman.

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