Meeting tonight

Hope Selectmen take up marijuana conversation, property disposal

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 10:45am

    Hope selectmen meet this evening, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., to address of variety of agenda items, including an update about the status of the Union Chemical superfund site in South Hope, a tentative proposal by a Hope resident to open a retail business selling marijuana items, and the acceptance of 16 acres on Bull Hill.

    The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Hope Town Office.

    The resident inquiring about opening a pot store has not submitted an application, and all such proposals remain contingent on whether Question 1, legalizing use, growth and sale of recreational marijuana, passes in the ongoing recount of Nov. 8 ballots by the Maine Secretary of State’s office.

    That recount is not expected to be finished for another four to six weeks. After that, there is an anticipated nine-month rulemaking process for the state and municipalities.

    In other town business, Hope acquired 16.6 acres of land on Bull Hill for nonpayment of taxes. The town must now decide whether to dispose of the land by sealed bid or retain an realtor to help. Bull Hill is off of Route 105, just northwest of Hope Corner.

    The selectmen will also talk about reshingling a portion of the town office roof.

     Call to Order
     Public Comment
     Minutes from previous meeting
     Town Administrator Report
     Old Business:

    Salt/Shed Survey Bids o Town Office roof repair needed (Bids available)

    Disposal proposals for Bull Hill property

    Update about status of Union Chemical
     New Business:

    Taxpayer: Discussion about opening a Retail Business w/ marijuana products

    Road Commissioner Report

    What is the budget preparation calendar for the FY17-18 going to be?

    Appointment of Registrar of Voters (required prior to 1/1/2017)

    Appointment of Bobbi Oxton as Town Motor Vehicle Agent

    Appointment to Budget Committee Request o Appointment of Representative to MCSW

    Vote to elect Jim Guerra to MRC Board of Directors o Handle delinquent personal property tax

    Taxpayer: Letter expressing concern about property being unknowingly placed in a subdivision

    Selectmen: Discussion/Response to passage of Question 1 “Recreational Marijuana”

    Upgrade Computer Program TRIO to include Payport & CEO/LPI

    Dave: Discussion about more uniform and accessible assessment procedures
     Other Business: o   Future Agenda Items: o Dec. 27th Auditor’s Report – Bill Brewer
    o   Review & Sign Warrants:
     Adjourn