February 25, 2020
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Brewer council hears opinions on possible future thoroughfare

BREWER, Maine — Eight residents who live on Century Street let councilors know that they are opposed to connecting their dead-end street to Parkway South.

Two other residents sent letters to the panel supporting the possible future thoroughfare.

Councilors did not take action on the item, and only held the public hearing to get comments from residents. Access to public safety vehicles is one reason listed for the proposed change.

Tim MacKay, who lives on the street with his wife and three children, said changing the street would change the entire neighborhood.

“It’s a dead-end street and a lot of kids play in the street,” he said. “It greatly impacts the neighborhood. It’s one of the reasons why we, and others here, bought homes on that dead-end street.”

Next to speak was longtime resident Cecil Morrill.

“I’m the old lady on Century Street,” she said. “I’ve been there 56 years and we’ve never needed a firetruck. We do enjoy the quiet of the dead-end street.”

All six others voiced similar sentiments, except for Steve Overlock, who lives at the end of the street. Overlock said he just wants an ongoing standing water problem near his home solved.

City Engineer Frank Higgins said the discussion about extending the roadway has been going on for many years, but added, “This was never intended to be a thoroughfare. [It was] never intended to be a through street.”

Residents said they worry about residents using the street to avoid traffic created when the new elementary-middle school opens, which is scheduled for mid-2011.

Councilors told residents that no decision would be made with a lot more future public discussion.

During the meeting, the board also:

ä Recognized Scott Fraser for his contributions to Brewer Youth Sports, and eight city board members who have stepped down for various reasons for their years of service to the city. The list included Ron Harriman, Floyd Landry, Gary Briggs, James Triplett, Don Lewis, Lawrence Lyford, Mary Ellen Camire and Kenneth Roy.

— Awarded the street painting contract to L&D Safety Marking of Barre, Vt., for $25,477, and the winter sand contract to Sargent Corp. of Stillwater for $19,875 for 2009 and $20,875 for 2010.

— Changed the City Council meeting dates for May and June and scheduled a special April meeting for April 28 to hold a public hearing on amusement licenses. The regular May meeting is now May 26 and the June meeting is June 2.

— Increased the General Assistance funds covering food allocation to the needy by $24 a month for one person, and up to $134 extra for a household of eight.

— Changed the date the annual operating budget has to be presented to council from March to May 31.

— Filed a proposed repeal of the methadone moratorium, which was scheduled to end in August, so that the council can enact it and related new ordinances in May. The new ordinances will cover where future drug treatment clinics may locate, what size they can be, and their licensing requirements.

— Heard a presentation by Tim Pease, who represented Husson Park, about possibly using federal earmark funds acquired by the city to improve Route 15 to make city-required traffic changes at the end of Abbot Street. Councilors asked their attorney to gather additional information and place the item on a future agenda.

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