2013-03-06 / Front Page

Business eyes MRRA land in Topsham

BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

The town wants to help a longtime abutting business buy land in the former Navy annex.

John Shattuck, economic and community development director for the town and a Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board member, said Precast of Maine wants to purchase one-third of an acre in Topsham Commerce Park.

Selectmen on Thursday will consider sending a letter to the Authority supporting such a sale.

“This small addition to Precast’s property would enable the company to seek permitting for an entrance onto Canam Drive, which (would) allow Precast to move their products more efficiently and directly from their production line,” Shattuck writes.

A draft letter to MRRA says selectmen are taking no position regarding future use of the acquired property.

Precast of Maine has been located at 139 Main St. since 1974, providing a range of concrete products for residential and commercial construction.

Topsham Commerce Park — formerly the Navy annex — is owned by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the entity created to guide civilian reuse of the Brunswick Naval Air Station and its Topsham annex after the installation closed in May 2011.

Also Thursday, selectmen may:

— Review bids for monitoring services at the town’s capped landfill on Townsend Road.

According to Town Manager Cornell Knight, Wright- Pierce Engineers, the town’s current engineering firm, no longer offers environmental monitoring, so the town has asked for proposals from qualified engineering firms.

Twenty companies requested bid information on the annual monitoring of the landfill, which closed in 1994.

The town is looking at a three-year contract; work is expected to begin in April.

— Consider awarding bids for the Lower Village Riverfront Trail Feasibility Study looking at siting a riverfront trail from the old fire station on Main Street to the area of the Riverview Cemetery on Elm Street.

The project would cost $13,000, funded largely through a Maine Coastal Program Shore and Harbor Grant.

— Consider adopting a memorandum of understanding establishing that the town will handle library building maintenance as the building owner, and the library trustees will handle operating and basic tenant maintenance.

— Weigh reappointing Town Clerk Ruth Lyons as registrar of voters.

— Review proposed ordinance changes to the General Department Facility Ordinance that adds the Head of Tide Park and changes the Solid Waste Facility pond hours of operation;

— Act on proposed adjustments to the building permit fee schedule. The board is also slated to decide what to do with four tax-acquired properties.

Updates are also scheduled near the start of the meeting on Topsham Development Inc., and economic and community development activity in town; and on the Midcoast Council of Government’s ongoing Route 24 Corridor Management Plan, encompassing Harpswell, Brunswick,

Topsham, Bowdoinham and Richmond.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the municipal building located at 100 Main St.


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