Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, November 27, 2013
Deer Isle selectmen consider warrant article for old elementary building repair
by Jessica Brophy
At their November 21 meeting, the Deer Isle selectmen considered a request from a citizen to be placed on the Town Meeting warrant in early March.
Tom Colwell requested a warrant article raising money to paint or replace siding with vinyl siding on the former Deer Isle Elementary School building, currently used by the Deer Isle Fire Department.
Second Selectman Twyla Weed said it had been several years since the town had spent any money on maintenance of the building. “The front needs some work,” she agreed. One side of the building has vinyl siding.
First Selectman Neville Hardy asked whether Colwell would be at town meeting to make the request. Third Selectman Lewis Ellis said Colwell would not be in town in March.
The board of selectmen briefly discussed how tax liens would be handled. “It’s that time of year,” said Ellis. The board agreed that a date would be set by which time back taxes would need to be paid or a payment plan arranged. Tax liens are issued to those residents who owe three years of back property taxes.
The board also discussed and then signed a letter supporting the Hancock County Planning Commission’s petition to the USDA for funding to continue their environmental and solid waste planning services. The letter noted the town’s lack of staff and resources to address solid waste planning and management, citing HCPC’s support as critical for the town. Weed said the more support HCPC gets from towns, the more likely they are to receive grants and funding from the federal government.
The board meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at the town hall.