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Former school facility sold for $100K
MEXICO -- The former SAD 43 superintendent's building has been sold by the town for $100,000.
The Board of Selectmen agreed to a purchase and sale for the 60x98-foot facility at their meeting on July 23. The new owner will be contractor Daniel Pfaff of Massachusetts, who is originally from Rangeley.
Town Manager John Madigan indicated there are of couple of issues with the land that need to be worked out.
He showed board members a map with two parcels. "Parcel B is what they gave us when they gave us the high school (old Mexico High School). Parcel A is what they kept. In the deed, back then, Recreation Drive goes through parcel A and parcel B. In the deed, it says we have the right of way to go through parcel A and they have the right of way to go through parcel B. So as long as it's been the school and us, it's never been an issue."
"That parcel A represents more land than what we talked about giving to them. Initially, we wanted to take just the land under the building because all the rest of it was due to be public parking. When we talked to the owner, we walked about the eight parking spaces, right up against the building, probably 18 to 20 feet away from the building, should go with that parking so that he'd be able to have parking for any tenants he leases to," said Madigan.
The town sold the property through Roger Whitehouse of Riverside Realty. Whitehouse said the owner wants to use that parking space to add onto the building, and use that for a new facility for the police department.
Madigan said Pfaff wants to keep the lease with the Lutheran Church and continue to have the police department in there (the town has budgeted $8,000 for that). He said if he could eventually rent out all the other spaces, eventually he could lower what he charges for the police.
"Now he's talking about building a new station for the police and closing (the sale). That's something, on his part, I think that will require some kind of longterm commitment from the selectmen because how could any contractor build a building specifically for the police without any kind of longterm commitment from the town? That's an issue that I think you've got to think about," he noted.
Madigan said, "We can't just give them parcel A like the school gave us. We have to split that and have a surveyor to find the space, write a new deed and in that deed has to be the language that the school gave committing that tower space for the next couple of years."
Selectmen voted unanimously to accept the purchase and sale, with the plans for the future addition to first be presented to the Planning Board before committing to the addition.
Waterhouse said Pfaff wants to close by Aug. 30. Madigan said that will give them enough time to get it surveyed and a deed written.
Madigan indicated that a town meeting had been held earlier accepting the building from the school and a year later, citizens voted to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell it.
"We've been trying (to sell it) ever since," he said, adding that it's been about three years now.
In other business, the board voted 3-1 to ratify a liquor license for Clarence Tompkins, doing business as Tommyguns Pit Stop. The reason the license was not issued earlier was because the business owed taxes, a reason which Town Manager John Madigan found to be illegal.
Philbrick asked if Tompkins had paid his taxes and was told he hadn't. However, Town Clerk Penny Duguay said Tompkins told her that he would.
Madigan said the town would be receiving $25,204 in funding from the Local Roads Assistance Program (LRAP). This is state monies that have to be used for road improvement project for these state aid roads.
He said the amount is down from the $27,372 the town had received from the state since 1999. That money was distributed in four quarterly statements. "Now we have to wait until Dec. 1 to get the money in one payment."
Madigan said the state is now paying a flat $600 per mile. "For our money, we have spent $2.298 million (on these roa