Prospect OKs sale of Eames house, elects school board rep in absentia

By Ethan Andrews | Apr 11, 2017

Prospect — Voters here reinstated several town officials and made quick work of a mostly boilerplate warrant at their annual elections and town meeting.

In elections April 7, voters re-elected Selectman Heather Boynton and Road Commissioner Elwin Boynton. Sheila Enochs was elected as a write-in to serve on the Regional School Unit 25 board on a ballot with no declared candidates. Enochs was not in attendance, Selectman Bill Sneed said, but ultimately she accepted.

"We called her and she was interested," he said.

At the annual town meeting the next day, selectmen got the go-ahead from voters to put the so-called Eames house on the market. The building, located next to the fire station, had been used for storage in recent years but was no longer needed, town officials said.

Sneed said the town will advertise the building in hopes of finding someone willing to either haul away the complete structure or dismantle it for salvage.

"It's too expensive in the long run to turn it into a publicly acceptable and accessible building," he said.

Residents made official a town policy on tax-acquired property that has been in effect for the last several years. Under the new ordinance, the town automatically forecloses on properties with three years of unpaid taxes. In previous years, Sneed said residents at town meeting had to authorize selectmen to foreclose.

Outside organizations and social services got the amounts they requested. Waldo Community Action Partners programs got a total of $1,325. Eight other groups, including Senior Spectrum, Maine Youth Alliance (The Game Loft), New Hope for Women, Broadreach Family & Community Services, Midcoast Maine Community Action, Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, American Red Cross and Child and Family Opportunities, got a total of $2,869.

Voters approved the state's shoreland zoning policy along with the rest of a 54-article town meeting warrant without amendments.

"Including a 15-minute break, we were done in less than two hours," Sneed said.

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