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Brownville voters OK purchase of tractor, trailer

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Wednesday, September 06, 2006

By Stuart Hedstrom
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE — Town selectmen authorized Town Manager Sophie Wilson to purchase a new zero-turn John Deere tractor, and a 14-foot trail­er to haul the tractor in, during a bi-monthly meeting on August 30. The tractor will be used to mow cemeteries and town lots.

At a special town meeting in July, residents voted to appropri­ate $9,500 from surplus to pay for the trailer and tractor. Approximately $7,000 of the appropriated sum will be ear­marked for the tractor, and the rest will be for purchasing the trailer.

Brownville currently has a 2000 John Deere tractor, that has needed repair work in recent years. The town plans to keep the 2000 model, which will be able to fit in the trailer with the new unit.

In other business, Wilson informed the board that the Atlantic Salmon Federation would like to give the town prop­erty along the Pleasant River near the site of the organiza­tion's old dam.

Wilson added that the Atlantic Salmon Federation said the land could be converted into a park, and the only requirement for Brownville would be that the deed needs to include a restric­tion on dams being built next to the land.

Wilson said gifts of land to the town must be approved by voters at town meeting, and an article on the property will be included in the March 2007 town meeting warrant.

Wilson said that if Brownville residents decline to accept the land, the Atlantic Salmon Federation will look to donate the property to a non-profit organization.

Wilson also gave selectmen a new draft of the town's mass gathering ordinance to review, and take action on in the future. At a public hearing in July, resi­dents voiced their displeasure with the first draft that would have established guidelines for town officials to grant permits allowing outdoor events of 500 people or more.

Resident concerns with the first draft stemmed from docu­ment wording, as they wondered how a section reading "adequate portable water must be provid­ed" would be interpreted when new town officials are in office. Residents wondered if adequate would be seen as a set amount, and, if so, how this figure would be established.

Another concern with the mass ordinance draft came from the summer concert session for The Junction, an outdoor music venue on Route 11, still being in session. Residents felt an ordi­nance should be established after the season ended in mid-August, in order to gain a better sense of what should be required in granting permits for mass gath­erings.

Selectmen also met with Brownville Police Chief Todd Lyford about a request from the town of Milo for an agreement on mutual aid. The agreement would have Brownville being the first town Milo calls on for aid.

"I don't want to be their first responding unit, or have them be our first responding unit," said Lyford, favoring Brownville's current non-exclusive policy of mutual service when emergen­cies arise in neighboring towns.

Brownville officials also were hesitant to enter into an agree­ment, for fear of town personnel being called upon in non-emer­gency situations. "Mutual aid is not to help respond when some­one is writing a traffic ticket," said Wilson.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.