Eastbrook voters discuss bidding process

EASTBROOK — Voters gathered at the Charles L. Yeo Community Center Tuesday for the town’s annual meeting and approved all 26 articles on the warrant within about 40 minutes.

One article on the warrant that prompted discussion from those in attendance authorized the selectmen to sell certain property through a real estate agent rather than the traditional sealed bid process. The town’s request is not intended to be a recurring event and includes selling a specific property on the Macomber Mill Road.

“It’s probably the last vacant lot on Molasses Pond,” said First Selectman Julie Curtis.

Curtis said it is difficult to be in the position of receiving sealed bids in a town where many people know one another and using a real estate agent would help mitigate that.

One voter asked what stipulations would be placed on potential buyers.

Curtis said that town officials would like the property to be sold to a taxpayer and not go into conservation easement so as to generate income for the town.

“Selling this property will actually generate tax dollars,” she said.

Curtis noted the article would also authorize the selectmen to sell two lots that would only have value to abutters because they do not have any right of way to them. The article would allow the selectmen to approach abutters rather than go through the traditional bidding process.

Voters were largely in agreement on the article, with one voter requesting that if the town were to continue using a Realtor to sell properties, to switch the Realtor so as not to favor one agent.

Another article that garnered discussion from the crowd authorized the selectmen to form a committee to research different ordinances regarding noise, nuisances and eyesores and report back to the selectmen whether enacting such ordinances would be useful to the town. If ordinances would be developed, they would be presented to voters for final approval.

In other business, Curtis was re-elected as first selectman, David DeWitt was re-elected as second selectman and Craig DuBois was re-elected as third selectman. No other residents were nominated to the positions. Voters made a motion to increase the selectmen’s yearly salaries by $1,000 each to $10,500 for the first selectman and $6,000 each for the second selectman and third selectman.

The town’s annual report outlined a project underway in Eastbrook, scheduled to be done by the end of the year, that would provide residents with fiber optic internet through Consolidated Communications. Funding for the project was made possible by a grant from the ConnectMaine Authority and monies from tax increment financing (TIF) obtained through the Weaver Wind turbine project.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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