Greenville selectmen set mill rate, table request for outhouse

Posted Sept. 07, 2011, at 11:38 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — A mill rate of $12 per $1,000 property valuation was set by selectmen Wednesday for property owners.

Town Manager Gary Lamb said the new tax rate, along with about $160,000 in surplus, would give the town about $300,000 in overlay to cover unanticipated expenses during the year. The new mill rate reflects a 50-cent increase per $1,000 property valuation from the 2010-2011 rate.

Selectmen reversed a decision by Lamb and Police Chief Jeff Pomerleau to close off Pritham Avenue during the International Seaplane Fly-In this Saturday. Lamb said he went ahead and posted the closing of the road for the day for pedestrian safety.

Businessman Henry Gilbert and other merchants, who had not been contacted before the decision to close the road, told selectmen Wednesday that they wanted the road to remain open and the selectmen concurred. “It does affect my business,” Gilbert said Wednesday.

Pomerleau apologized to those businesses it would have hurt.

A request from the Department of Transportation to relocate an outhouse on the Natural Resources Education Center property to another town was tabled by selectmen. The town is not permitted to use the outhouse, which previously was used when the land was a state picnic area, because it is too close to the well installed for the center. Selectmen learned Wednesday, however, that the center is using the outhouse for storage. Further research will be done before a decision is made.

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