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Unsafe-site cleanup heads to court

Article from Bangor Daily News, Wednesday, September 08, 2004

By Diana Bowley
of the NEWS Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT - Piscataquis County commissioners agreed Tuesday to start court proceedings against an Orneville woman whose property is considered hazardous.The condition of Lydia Koslouski's property became known when Milo firefighters went to fight a fire at her home in July.

The unsafe conditions of the property prompted Milo Town Manager Jane Jones to advise commissioners that local firefighters would not respond to reports of any further fires at Koslouski's home because of the hazards they faced.

The county contracts with Milo to provide fire protection services in Orneville.

As a result, the commissioners sent a certified letter to Koslouski in July giving her 60 days to clean up her property.

During the 60 days, Koslouski filled a 20-yard roll-off container provided by the county with rubbish and materials, but much debris still remains on the property, according to Commissioner Eben DeWitt.

He said about nine junked vehicles are stored around Koslouski's mobile home, along with piles of burned lumber.

DeWitt said the county provided the container for Koslouski because the material would have ended up at the Orneville Transfer Station and would have required more handling.

As voted Tuesday, a certified letter will be sent to Koslouski informing her that the matter will be turned over for action in Piscataquis County Superior Court.

In other business, commissioners adopted a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase for all union, nonunion, elected and appointed employees for 2005.

The increase, which was included in the county budget, is in addition to a 5 percent increase for elected and appointed officials and a step increase for nonunion employees.

Despite a lower bid, the commissioners awarded the winter road maintenance contract for Katahdin Iron Works, Ebeemee, Orneville and Williamsburg to William "Billy" London of Brownville.

London provided a three-year bid of $3,975 per mile for 2004-05, $4,150 in 2005-06 and $4,275 for 2006-2007. Michael Dulac of Dover-Foxcroft submitted a bid of $3,075 per mile for each year.

The commissioners said Dulac did not have the requested equipment and the certificate of insurance, although Dulac did tell them he would comply with their wishes if he were awarded the contract.

In the end, it was London's track record and the fact that he had the necessary equipment and the certificate of insurance that swayed the decision.

Deputy Chief Sgt. David Roberts announced the county had received a $41,106 Homeland Security grant to purchase radio equipment and a new repeater for Charleston hill. The repeater will be used only for emergencies.

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