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Ripley Bicentennial panel tells trustees it’s raised $7,200

April 21, 2016
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - The Bicentennial committee told trustees that they have raised $7,200 from fund-raising activities, and they anticipate an additional $9,000 from the town to fund the town's 200th birthday celebration.

Bicentennial committee member Laurel Adams told the board that local musical artists have been retained for the event, and they are accepting registration forms for the parade on July 9.

Adams said that the committee can hire American Amusement Rentals from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday for the celebration's midway experience at the cost of $6,000; the Machias amusement company will make their equipment available for four hours on Sunday for an additional $800.

Adams also told board members that Neon Entertainment offers a climb wall and a machine with two spinning boom arms which try to knock contestants off their podiums, for slightly more than $5000. Also, the committee has planned a fireworks display which will cost $3,000, she said.

In addition to these expenses, $750 has been slated for prize money for the parade, she said. Bowen mentioned that the committee "should probably put in a monetary amount for promoting the event."

In other business, the board passed a resolution to authorize Supervisor Doug Bowen and the town attorney to seek a qualified attorney to serve as a Speical Bond Cousel regarding the town's water and sewer project.

Board members also gave Bowen the authority to sign the contracts for the purchase of the Corner Bar property. The town will be responsible for paying the county and town taxes, which total $624 if paid by the end of April.

The board listened to concerns from two residents regarding properties adjacent to their own. Richard Eimers told the board that every windstorm scatters shingles and other debris from a neighboring derelict structure. Eimers said he sought assistance but was told that if the debris fell on his property, it was his problem.

Bowen responded that the town did not have a law regarding debris blown onto one's property by the wind, but he would inquire at the county planning meeting to see if there were any municipalities that did. "It's an issue that every community faces and it's tough to resolve it," he said.

The board also heard from Robert D'Anthony, who said that nothing has been resolved regarding a property on West Main Street, which had received many complaints and citations regarding rubbish and derelict vehicles. D'Anthony said there are hundreds of tires on the property which are causing a mosquito infestation.

"He bulldozed the stuff out back and now the front yard is filling up again," D"Anthony said. "My kids can't go out in back because of all the mosquitos."

D'Anthony said there are also many semi trailers and old cars on the property and people are working on them at all hours. "If you take away the guys working on the cars, maybe the problem would go down," he said.

In another matter, Town clerk Rebecca Rowe informed that board that she has balanced and turned over unpaid taxes to the county. She also told trustees that the town's beautification committee has suggested the addition of a small gazebo on the former Corner Bar property.

Rowe said that some residents have offered to donate trees, shrubs, perennials, and a pine tree for decorating at Christmas. She noted that a load of dirt is needed and the area needs to be leveled before grass can be planted.

Bowen raised the issue of obtaining one or two loads of sifted dirt. With the approval of the board, Bowen authorized Darwin Rowe to spend up to $1,000 for soil for the lot.

Bowen also told the board that he has received a retirement letter from Bruce Utegg; his last day of work will be October 31, 2016. The board voted to accept Utegg's resignation with regrets.

Board members approved the motion to post for Utegg's position, accepting applications for a water/sewer laborer through June 1, with interviews to be conducted between June 1 and July 1. Bowen noted that recommendations for Utegg's replacement can then be made at the July board meeting, and the new water/sewer laborer will have at least three months to train under Utegg.

Bowen asked board members for feedback on the presentation given by Jim Jerge of New Wave Energy at the March meeting. Councilman Hamels said he has contacted the school and they are interested learning about potential savings with New Wave Energy. "If we can save even, a few hundred dollars, it's worth pursuing," said Hamels the board approved a motion to take no further action until further research has been done regarding this matter.



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