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Easement, property line at issue
MEXICO -- At the selectmen's meeting on Sept. 27, Town Manager John Madigan reported on easement and property lines for the end of Backkingdom Road, where construction has been ongoing for the dead-end portion of the road, including building a new turnaround for town plows and school buses.
The concern is where the town road ended and property belonging to Albert Aniel began. For years, the town had been using Aniel's property as a turnaround and plowing up into his driveway in the winter.
Madigan said he learned the town's property actually stopped 200 feet before Aniel's driveway.
"With research, we learned that in 1992 the selectmen had reached an agreement with Dr. Aniel. He agreed to waive any liability to the town for driving on his land and using it as a turnaround and the town would continue to plow his property."
With the new road construction and turnaround, the town no longer needs to use the Aniel property.
Aniel approached Madigan with concerns that his driveway would no longer be plowed, even though it had been past practice before he owned it.
Selectman George Byam noted that, according to state regulations, towns were not allowed to plow private driveways. "I'm worried we are opening ourselves up to a huge mess if we continue this. By doing this we are taking business away from private contractors who plow."
The issue was to be placed on the agenda for the Oct. 11 meeting.
In other business, Tammy Schmeral, a member of the town's recreation board, reported on the department's activities, including the new River Valley Rec soccer program, which has more than 100 participants. She noted the new recreation director, Wayne Sevigney, informed her that community support from parents and volunteers was outstanding.
Schmersal said they also have a new Facebook page strictly for the Recreation Department called River Valley Recreation Center. It will have schedules and information about what they're doing.
The Recreation Department has also contacted Jack Gibson of Marshall L. and Ruth-Anne Gibson Municipal Charitable Program in hopes of a one-time $10,000 grant. Gibson, who is retired, is offering grants to 60 towns which were customers of his business, Commerical Paving of Portland,
Schmersal also requested a workshop between the rec committee and selectmen to "make sure everyone is on the same page."
Selectmen approved the lowest of three bids to supply 3,000 cubic yards of half-inch screened winter sand, delivered. The winner was Archie's, Inc. of Mexico, with a bid of $7.61 a cubic yard.
The board selected Chairman Richie Philbrick to serve as a voting delegate for the town at the Maine Municipal Association's annual business meeting, with Byam as the alternate.
Selectmen agreed with the recommendation of Police Chief Jim Theriault to hire Paul Garrido of Rumford as a reserve police officer.
The board set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 regarding new regulations for the General Assistance program.