June 18, 2018
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Purchase of land and zone change on agenda for Greenville special town meeting

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GREENVILLE, Maine — Residents will act on a proposed purchase of land next to the airport to allow future hangar construction at a special town meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 23, in the municipal building.

Other agenda items that will need action at the meeting include the sale of a piece of equipment, amendments to the Shaw Public Library Governance Ordinance that include expanding the board, a zoning matter and an easement.

Town officials have been working with Eric and Jenny Ward for more than a year for the purchase of 7.64 acres of a 21-acre lot the couple own adjacent to the airport. After considerable negotiations and three appraisals, a purchase price of $65,000 has been offered which will be shared by the town, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The land acquisition, which is adjacent to Runway 32, is part of the airport’s long-term plan, Greenville Town Manager Gary Lamb said recently. He said the local 2.5 percent share, or $1,625, is included in the fiscal year 2011-12 budget.

“We have run out of land for hangars,” Lamb said this week. He said hangers bring in property taxes and the town receives fees for the lease of the lots.

The zoning change affects the Lily Bay Road. One side of the road is currently zoned Village District and 12 property owners on the opposite side have requested that their side also be rezoned to Village District to allow home businesses, according to Lamb.

Town officials also are seeking approval from residents to sell a 2001 side dump body and to confirm an easement and grant a new easement across town property to land owned by Kirby Lee Turner and Judith Ann Turner. The Turners are willing to pay the town $2,000 and provide the town an easement across their land to benefit town land.

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