Greenville budget a work in progress

Posted April 12, 2011, at 4:51 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — Greenville selectmen are inching their way through a draft budget that to date has an unknown total because accurate transfer station construction and operation figures have not yet been determined.

Selectmen will hold their next budget workshop with the budget committee at 6 p.m. April 13 at the fire station. Other scheduled workshops are at 6 p.m. April 17 and May 11. The annual town meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 in the Louis Oakes Auditorium at Greenville High School.

Just how much selectmen will budget for snowmobile trail grooming is being watched closely by merchants and snowmobile enthusiasts, several of whom attended last week’s meeting anticipating that selectmen would discuss the matter then.

Tom McCormick of the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club said last week that there would be no business during the winter for local merchants without snowmobiling.

“We hope the townspeople of Greenville realize the huge draw  that snowmobiling brings to our area in the wintertime,’’ he said.

McCormick thanked those who helped with the recent United States Cross Country snowmobile races sponsored by the club. He also presented a $500 check on behalf of the club to the town to be divided among the municipal departments that assisted at the event. The club also donated $250 to the Interconnecting Trail System snowmobile grooming program, which was operated over the winter by Jim and Lauri Waitkus.

‘’They did such an outstanding job this year in keeping the trails well-groomed and user-friendly, and that kept people coming back from all over the Northeast to this area,’’ McCormick said of the Waikuses.

Others urged the board to continue to support the trail grooming program. They also thanked the Waikuses for investing some of their own money into the program and into the community.

Selectman Eugene Murray said the board had not yet discussed next year’s trail grooming program costs with the Waikuses. That discussion will be held later in the budget process, he said.

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