Greenville sets hearing to consider opening all town roads to ATV access

By Bill Pearson, Piscataquis Observer
Posted Nov. 06, 2012, at 6:12 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — The town is already a tourist destination, but the Moosehead Riders ATV Club believes more people will converge on the village if it becomes more accessible by all-terrain vehicles. The Moosehead Riders proposed expanding ATV access to all town roads in order to connect with other trails traveling to the northern Piscataquis County town.

Town ordinances currently allow ATV traffic only on Pritham Avenue. Two Moosehead Riders club members urged the selectmen on Oct. 24 to expand ATV access to all town roads. The expanded ATV access would allow those who live beyond 1,500 feet of Pritham Avenue greater access to trails leading out of town. The expansion would also enable other ATV enthusiasts to travel into the downtown area to shop, eat and stay at the local motels.

“It is becoming just like snowmobiling,” Moosehead Riders club member Tom Pierce said. “Other towns are capitalizing on the business brought in by ATVs. I’d like to see the town do the same.”

The selectmen scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the municipal building to hear residents’ views on the proposal. The selectmen indicated they would vote on the proposal during their Wednesday, Nov. 21, board meeting.

In other action, the selectmen entered into a three-year agreement with Central Maine Pyrotechnics of Hallowell to give them a bigger bang for their buck during their July Fourth celebrations. The selectmen approved an agreement to purchase $4,000 worth of fireworks for the next three years. The town will receive an additional 10 percent of merchandise if it makes a 50 percent deposit by Jan. 31 each year.

The town has purchased $5,000 worth of fireworks for the past several years. The 10 percent bonus will result in the town receiving $4,800 in materials each year.

The selectmen also approved a request made by Moosehead Rubbish Inc. to pick up trash on Monday, Dec. 24, as it usually does. The transfer station and recycling center will be closed on both Dec. 24 and 25.

Moosehead Rubbish owner Sean Bolen agreed to keep the trash in his truck until Dec. 27.

“This seems less confusing than a Wednesday pick-up day on the day after Christmas, when the transfer station is normally open,” said Town Manager Gary Lamb.

Town officials also heard from a Connecticut man who recently lost his Wilson Pond property to foreclosure. The town took possession of a home belonging to Robert Sokolowski of North Stonington, Conn.

Sokolowski left a voice message at the municipal office about the status of his property. Town officials attempted several times by registered mail and Google searches to notify him about his delinquent taxes. Sokolowski signed for one piece of registered mail, but after that the town had no further response from him.

“I contacted the town office in North Stonington to send a police officer to his residence,” Lamb said. “They responded that man didn’t seem to live there. We Googled him up one side and down the other and didn’t receive any response until next week.”

The town is trying to sell the tax-acquired property. Town officials are asking $100,000 for the property.

Lamb indicated he would return the call, but the town manager didn’t expect the conversation would change anything. The selectmen also believed it was too late for Sokolowski to reclaim the property.

“I wouldn’t even call him back. Let him do it on his own dime,” said Selectman Richard Peat.

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