Baileyville Town Council Holds 2nd Reading of ATV Ordinance


By Kaileigh Deacon


Baileyville held their regular town meeting on Monday June 26 at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers. Members present were Carl Ripley, Craig Croman, Acacia Emery, Tim Call and Town Manager Richard Bronson. 

The council unanimously approved the minutes, the five warrants before them, as well as the previous meeting’s minutes from June 12, 2017. They then opened the floor to public comment on the second reading of the proposed changes to the ATV ordinance to which there was no comment.

 While there was no public or council input under old business,  Chief Fitzsimmons restated the changes which would change the time ATVs could not ride the trails from six months to four months and allow ATVs to travel from sunrise until 10:00 p.m. so long as they’re equipped with proper head lamps and tail lamps. The council approved the second reading and set the third reading and possible adoption for the next meeting. 

Also under old business was the discussion of possible special town meetings regarding the Fiber Communications Project as well as a building plan for the school. Manager Bronson stated that the school committee was looking to have their building committee meet and then come to the council with options. The council decided they wanted these to be two separate town meetings to be scheduled when the parties are ready. 

Under new business, the council first appointed a replacement Trustee for the Baileyville Utilities District. The council selected John Gallant Jr. who had expressed interest in the position and was one of two names presented to the council at the meeting. The council also approved for the American Legion Auxiliary WT Wren Post #23 to operate Beano and pull tabs from July 1 through December 31, 2017 as well as approving their application for a license. 

The council wrote-off the outstanding tax and sewer bills for 10 town-owned properties. And in the final matter of new business, they awarded the bid of installation of new fencing on the Main Street athletic field to ADA Fence of Palmyra in the amount of $4,622.17. 

Under his Town Manager report, Bronson let the council know that code enforcer Andy Snowman is now 80K certified. This certification allows Snowman to go before the courts as representation of the town in lieu of a lawyer on matters of code enforcement and property. 

Bronson also advised the council that the sewer project scheduled will start on time on July 10 and also that the demolition of the Lee Cross house will begin soon, likely in July. The school board also approved the auditor of Davis, Gates, and Alwood that the council approved at the last meeting. 

Code enforcer Snowman has asked to look at better defining Home Occupation in the Land Use Ordinance. The council asked that they look at this in the next meeting so that Snowman could come to explain what the issue with the language was. The council also approved Jamie McLaughlin to go out and seek bids on what it would cost to repair the current bulldozer owned by the town which is need of a new undercarriage. 

The town offices as of now will be closed on both July 3 and July 4 in recognition of the holiday. The council then broke into executive session. 

The next Town Council meeting will be held on July 10, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Town office.