MILO, Maine — All-terrain vehicle riders will find a surprise Wednesday when they learn that the access route over state roads that they’ve traveled in the past is closed for now.
It appears that a step in the procedure to designate the access trail was dropped by the K.I. Riders All-Terrain Vehicle Club, according to Town Manager Jeff Gahagan.
“The fact of the matter is this thing is done out of sequence and it’s not right and we need to fix it,” Gahagan told selectmen Tuesday. ”Even though … you folks were all in favor of opening up those roads as access roads, the piece that’s missing is the DOT approval.” The town is out of compliance, he noted.
Gahagan said the ATV club needs to fill out an application, but first a public hearing must be held. Selectmen agreed Tuesday to hold the public hearing on Monday, Aug. 29.
Until that process is completed, selectmen agreed to close the access routes.
Selectmen also discussed the possibility of constructing a building at the cemetery to store trucks and equipment to avoid using the cemetery tomb.
The discussion centered on the construction of an approximately 40-by-28-foot building using about $60,000 from the trust fund. The trust has a total of $407,952. The cash available now is about $50,000, Gahagan said, and the annual interest is about $8,000.
The town typically uses $15,000 annually to help defray cemetery expenses, according to Gahagan.
If the town continued to use the $15,000 annually and also withdrew the $60,000, the fund eventually would be depleted, Gahagan said. He suggested, and others agreed, that now is not the best time to proceed with such a building.