May 25, 2018
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Greenville to sell tax-acquired property

By Bill Pearson, Piscataquis Observer

GREENVILLE, Maine — The selectmen decided on Oct. 2 to put a recently acquired piece of tax-acquired property up for sale instead of seeking sealed bids.

The board sought sealed bids last month for the real estate on the Wilson Pond Road, but rejected all four that were received. The property has a valuation of about $141,00, but when the sealed bids were opened in September, none of them was close to the $75,000 to $100,000 town officials expected to receive.

The town is asking $99,999 for the property. The selectmen decided to list the property with a real estate agent because their attempt at soliciting sealed bids was too expensive and unproductive.

“We looked at the situation and came to the conclusion that a commission fee will be a lot less expensive for us than putting it out to bid again,” said Town Manager Gary Lamb. “We weren’t happy with the bids that we received so we thought it would be better just to list it with a Realtor.”

In September, the highest bid was $36,200 from Greenville residents Joe and Pageen Ranhowsky.

In other action, the board nominated three new members to the Economic Development Committee and renominated seven others. The board chose Juan Galan Jr., a financial management consultant for a Fortune 500 company; Richard Ross, a former Greenville town manager; and Steve Levesque, executive director of the Brunswick Naval Air Station Redevelopment Authority and former economic development commissioner in Gov. Angus King’s administration, as a new members.

The reappointed members are Luke Muzzy, Geno Murray Jr., Bob Hamer, Joe DiAngelo, Craig Watt, Bonnie DuBien and Richard Gould.

The next selectmen’s meeting will be a week later than usual. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the municipal building.

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