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Orneville woman gets reprieve on cleanup

Article from Bangor Daily News, Wednesday, October 06, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Lyda Kouslouski of Orneville got a reprieve Tuesday when Piscataquis County commissioners agreed to give her more time to clean her property before court action was taken. The commissioners had served notice on Kouslouski that the condition of her property would be court-bound if she failed to make improvements.

The move was seen as necessary after Milo Town Manager Jane Jones said her town's firefighters would not respond to another fire at Kouslouski's residence for their safety. Firefighters who responded to a fire on her property earlier this year were confronted with discarded tanks, demolition debris and junked cars.

"In my opinion, a cleanup has been done to a certain degree," Commissioner Eben DeWitt said Tuesday. But, he added, "There is still a substantial amount left that should be hauled off."

DeWitt's statements were the result of a visit last week that he and County Manager Mike Henderson made to Kouslouski's home. DeWitt said Kouslouski's efforts this fall are focused on getting a mobile home settled onto her property for living quarters. He said the woman made it clear that was her priority.

The commissioners agreed to send Kouslouski a letter advising her that they expect her to continue to make improvements and that another inspection would be conducted later this year.

For the first time since 1922, the county road in Chesuncook Village has been surveyed. The commissioners agreed Tuesday to install a granite marker at the end of the road to match the one now in place at the start of the road and to place pins along the road to identify the boundary lines.

The commissioners plan to visit the village on Oct. 22 leaving Greenville by boat.

Greenville industrial arts students will be lending the county a hand by constructing two 8-by-16-foot buildings at the school to be used for the collection of universal waste at Lily Bay and Orneville transfer stations.

Commissioner Tony Bartley said he would provide transportation for the buildings from the school to the two locations.

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