ABBOT, Maine — A proposal to have the road commissioner appointed rather than elected was defeated at an Abbot special town meeting Wednesday.
Selectmen, who now serve as the road commissioners, are finding it difficult to provide that service on top of their government functions. They asked residents to create a single, appointed road commissioner, effective at the March 2011 town meeting. That would have ended the selectmen’s authority to act as road commissioners.
Residents, however, didn’t like the idea of having no say in who would be the road commissioner, so they voted it down 27-19, according to Town Clerk Lorraine Leeman.
Residents did authorize selectmen 36-8 to negotiate and enter into an agreement with an assessment firm to do the town’s assessing. Town officials have been discussing the service with Hamlin Associates of Parkman. Residents agreed to use $3,750 from surplus for the service through the end of the fiscal year.
A couple of housekeeping articles also were approved by residents. The articles established ordinances for creation of the town’s planning board and appeals board. While both boards were approved by residents and established many years ago, the ordinances that designated the boards were never put into place, Leeman said Thursday.