Greenville selectmen approve one-year trial for new ATV route

Posted Dec. 17, 2012, at 4:44 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — All the selectmen expressed some concern that a new all-terrain vehicle trail would create a flood of unlicensed and uninsured ATV traffic in town.

But the board voted 3-1 on Dec. 5, with one abstention, to approve a new route from the Moosehead Riders clubhouse on Scammon Road to the Wilson Stream Bridge on a one-year trial basis.

Despite the uncertainty of how the additional ATV traffic would affect road traffic, Selectmen Bruce Wyman, Craig Watt and Richard Peat voted in favor of the proposal while Bonnie DuBien voted against it and Bruce Hanson abstained.

“They all had concerns about the additional ATV traffic, but it did pass. So we’ll see how it works for one year,” Town Manager Gary Lamb said of the board’s decision.

Lamb expects the new trail to open later than other trails will in Greenville next spring. The other trails open May 15, but Lamb believes the new trail’s ground won’t be ready for use until later that month.

In other action, the board received an update from Recreational Director Sally Tornquist about a volunteer group’s successful effort to open the skating rink this winter. The group has received enough financial commitments to operate the rink. Members have raised $300 and have another $769 in commitments to purchase water, propane gas and electricity.

The town didn’t budget any funds for the ice rink in this year’s budget. In past years, the town has operated the rink for less than a $1,000 per year. The fire department plans on delivering the water as part of a training exercise for new firefighters. Lamb expects this will save about $200 in the volunteer group’s expenses.

The selectmen also authorized Fire Chief John Simko to enter into a mutual aid agreement with Rockwood. Simko plans on meeting with his Rockwood counterpart, John Cobb, to complete the agreement.

“Rockwood came to us about mutual aid, and we really didn’t find any concerns about entering into an agreement,” Lamb said.

The selectmen also approved a one-year snowmobile trail-grooming contract with Greenville ITS Grooming. The business is operated by summer residents John and Lauri Waitkus, who have groomed the nearly 76 miles of trails for several years. The firm will receive $75,000 to perform the task.

The selectmen also began a brief discussion about changing the town meeting date. The town has typically held the town meeting on the first Monday and Tuesday in June. The board is considering moving it to a Saturday in an attempt to complete its business in one day.

The selectmen will meet next at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the municipal building.

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