June 16, 2019
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Livermore gets $44,490 from logger who cut town forest

LIVERMORE, Maine — The town has received $44,490 for payment for a timber harvest trespass settlement. The figure includes timber valuation and legal fees, town administrator assistant Kurt Schaub said Wednesday.

The town had requested logger John Korhonen of Jay pay $40,690 without factoring in legal fees after he cut about 10 acres of the town’s Memorial Forest without permission in 2012.

Selectpersons agreed to accept the settlement earlier this month.

Korhonen’s insurance company, Acadia Insurance of Readfield, made the payment.

There will also be one more moderate expense: the cost of Kachnovich Land Surveying Inc. of Jay working with Acadia, Schaub said.

“The revenue and expenses have been applied to our legal account, but, on the advice of our auditors, I will isolate them on a budgetary line of their own and include the state Veterans Exemption revenue as approved at town meeting,” he said. “It will ultimately be up to the voters to determine the use of those funds.”

Residents voted in June to put the Veterans Exemption of $1,800 toward the cost of the land survey. That money is usually used to offset the tax commitment, he said.

The amount voters would be considering what to do with in June at town meeting is about $36,615, which was the wood’s value.

Selectpersons and the Budget Committee will decide how they want to present the matter to voters, Schaub said.

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