Comments for: Presque Isle councilor calls land sale ‘unethical’

Posted Dec. 14, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 15, 2012, at 8:49 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE | During a recent municipal budget workshop, city officials were accused of being “unethical” by a city councilor who was upset over the recent handling of the sale of the former home to Cunningham Middle School property at the intersection of Blake and Third streets. Midway through …

CORRECTION:

The headline on an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that it was a Caribou city councilor who called the land sale unethical. It was a Presque Isle city councilor.

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  • Anonymous

    There is no Caribou Councilor involved in this matter it is all Presque Isle. The Caption is incorrect and needs to be corrected.

    • Anonymous

      It’s far, far away up in North Maine, so BDN doesn’t really care.

  • Anonymous

    The councilors are Presque Isle and the only reference to Caribou is who they are arguing about. Please correct headline of this story for there are people who will be very confused more than normal. Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you. I was confused. I actually read it twice wondering what I was missing? Where was the editor on this one? Quite funny – go through all of the trouble to quote people and what they said but get the town wrong. LOL!

      • Anonymous

        Editor? … LOL !

    • Anonymous

      thanks for the corrections lol it saved me doing it.

  • Anonymous

    sounds like someone is mad beccause his buddy didnt get the land for next to nothing to build condos of all things. “He’s built condos in this town, has blueprints and was ready to spend $3 million. But we threw it away,” said Sargent. LOL thats just what Presque isle needs. Unemployment is high and many apts sit empty because people cant afford the rent. I suppose he could have sectioned 8 the condos and got 3x the rent value. Too bad for him, not.

    • northernmaine

      I’ve got news for you, section 8 doesn’t pay three times the going rate for an apartment. We have some and we get the HUD fair market rent rate, look it up it isn’t a very high rent condo’s would be much more lucrative.

      • Anonymous

        Hmmm someone I know has the government paying nearly 800 a month for her aprtment which for this area is way to high. enjoy your government paychecks.

        • northernmaine

          Sounds like a three bedroom rate, this would have heat and lights included. That is below the average market rent in Aroostook County. Using HUD FMR chart if the tenant pays for either lights or heat there is anywhere from $50 to $175 taken off of the rent as a utility allowance.

    • Anonymous

      Section 8 follows the market in the area, most of the time.
      If you really want to triple your money with that type of housing try
      building some “low income housing”.
      You can get $250,000 for a2bedroom apartment and the blessing of every
      crying “equal opportunity group” around.
      A dozen different agencies all involved , each getting a check.
      Check out Milbridge and ” Mano a Mano” for some tips on skinning
      the taxpayers.

  • Anonymous

    Why does this headline say “Caribou councilor” when the article and story are all about something that happened in PRESQUE ISLE??
    Geez.

  • Anonymous

    Thank heavens the corruption of Gov’t begins in the towns and cities for groom some people for further political appointments. Kudos on asking the questions Bruce Sargent

    • Anonymous

      I have no issue with any of this, Sargent seemed to be asking questions because his buddy didn’t get a chance to build it. They found a realitor, had an asking price which Sargent agreed to, then had an offer and they took it.

      • Anonymous

        I was thinking about this …. Why did Sargent’s buddy just not buy it through the realty listing as did the purchaser. If he had the money and was ready to go he got the same opportunity as did anyone else and could have made his bid and purchased. Seems that is the answer here not all this he said she said garbage. All I see this doing for Mr. Sargent is showing he can be underhanded apparently and I wonder maybe the citizens of PI think about this man on their council. Sounds to me like a guy that is willing to turn a blind eye and make back door deals for not necessarily the good oh his community as stated in his oath. One just need to sit back, listen and watch a man to learn of his true character because eventually something like this comes out of their very words. We all need to pay attention from the city to federal level of what is going on as that is 98% of the problem we are into with today’s financial problems we all face.

  • Anonymous

    inside sale to the wrong insider?

  • Anonymous

    The municipality has about three things they can do with surplus property. Retain it, put it out to bid or sell it through a Realtor which they must factor in their commission. The tholught that this may have been done incorrectly just doesn’t fit here. in the future if you want to make sure everyone has an opportunity extend the period for the public to bid. As far as someone having an interest and wanting to talk to the city manager about it they should have. If you snooze you lose.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for correcting headline.

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