So. Berwick OKs land taking for police station

June 13th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — The Town Council Tuesday unanimously approved the taking of land from the Farmgate Condominium Association for the recently voter-approved new police station.

Legally termed an “order of condemnation,” the taking includes 2.5 acres on Farmgate Lane adjacent Route 236. The council will now need to wait 30 days for public comment before the condemnation becomes legally binding. Town Manager Perry Ellsworth emphasized this was a “friendly and negotiated taking” worked out with the Farmgate association.

“We give them back 1.5 acres and we are taking 2.5 acres,” he said.

In addition to the land swap, the town will assume up to $20,000 in legal and deed registration costs involved in the condemnation process, as well as taking ownership of a fire hydrant on the property. Other costs to be absorbed by the town include $50,000 for the paving of a parking lot cul de sac and $5,000 for tree removal.

In other business

Ellsworth told councilors he has had preliminary meetings with the state Department of Transportation regarding the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of routes 91 and 236.

“Once we get finalized plans from the state, I would like to have a public hearing in council chambers about this project,” Ellsworth said. The project is slated to begin in 2019.

He also updated councilors on state plans to remove the condemned Vine Street bridge. Ellsworth said the DOT is considering an alternative process that would avoid violating town ordinances against using

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