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Special Sangerville meeting to elect new selectman, decide fate of two roads

By Bill Pearson, Piscataquis Observer

SANGERVILLE, Maine — Town officials expect to have a busy night on Oct. 25. They will conduct a special town meeting at 7 p.m. in the fire station, followed by their regularly scheduled board meeting in the municipal building.

The two remaining selectmen voted on Oct. 5 to hold the special meeting after accepting the resignation of their third member, Brent Randall, for health reasons. Randall, who served for 18 months, had emergency surgery Oct. 1.

In his resignation letter, Randall said he would be recuperating for six months, precluding him from performing his selectman’s duties.

“I strongly feel the town needs to have all three selectmen to perform its business,” Randall wrote. “At this point, I need to put my health and family first. I wish you and the board all the best.”

The special election will be one of eight warrant articles decided by the residents. After the voters choose a moderator and decide whether to allow nonresidents to speak, they will consider whether to accept two roads that were discontinued by the town a few decades ago.

Residents will decide in separate articles whether to accept a 500-foot portion of the Knowlton Mills and Jackson Corner roads as town ways. Both roads were thought to be town ways, but a request last month to make a section of the Jackson Corner Road exempt from regulations regarding all-terrain vehicle use resulted in the discovery that neither was.

Town officials were planning to hold a public hearing last month to consider the request. In preparation for the hearing, they researched the roads’ history and discovered that the Jackson Corner and Knowlton Mills were discontinued roads.

Town records showed that the Jackson Corner Road, in 1946, and a 500-foot section of the Knowlton Mills Road, in 1945, were both discontinued by the town. Residents indicated to Town Manager Dave Pearson that the town had reaccepted the Jackson Corner Road in the late 1970s, but his search through past town records failed to produce any evidence.

If those articles are approved, the residents will consider in separate articles whether the town should continue to perform both winter and summer maintenance on each road.

Residents will also consider whether to authorize the selectmen to spend up to $15,000 from

undesignated revenue to repair a malfunctioning septic system. All costs associated with the project will be recovered from a special supplemental tax assessed on the property.

In other action, the board decided to implement an official policy on putting community events on the poster board in the town hall. The postings must be in regard to an upcoming event or meeting and be removed by either the organization or a town official within 30 days.

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