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Monson to consider moratorium on private corridors such as proposed east-west highway

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
David Bessler of Atkinson (left), Peter Eldredge of Guilford (center) and Peter Brenc of Dover-Foxcroft protest outside the Wells Conference Center on the University of Maine campus in Orono in April 2012. They were protesting outside the Cross-Border Economic Inegration in the Northeast Conference, particularly against the propopesd east-west highway, that would be privately funded and serve to link New Brunswick to Quebec.
By Bill Pearson, Piscataquis Observer

MONSON, Maine — The town of Monson may not be in the path of the proposed east-west highway, but town officials aren’t taking any chances. The selectmen voted unanimously on July 18 to hold a special town meeting next month to consider placing a six-month moratorium on approving any privately owned corridors within the town.

The private corridor moratorium was one of two requests made by the planning board in regard to a special town meeting. The selectmen denied a request to place a moratorium on fireworks use. The board believed the proposed fireworks restrictions would be difficult to enforce.

A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, in the Monson Community Center

regarding the private corridor moratorium. The special town meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

In other action, the selectmen voted to repair the tennis courts using funds from a special account dedicated to recreational programs. The board unanimously approved the maintenance work after it was determined that no taxpayer funds would be spent on the project. The town will spend $1,575 from the Carolyn and James Durham fund.

The tennis court has been unusable for several years due to a large dip on the surface. The town received a letter from the U.S. Department of Conservation in 2010 that it had an obligation to maintain the courts.

The selectmen will next meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the municipal building.

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