Freedom News

By Nathan McCann | Feb 14, 2020

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Several roads around town have been posted with a 29,000-pound gross vehicle weight limit "when the temperature is above 33 degrees and/or there is liquid water on the road." This is an effort by the Board of Selectmen to preserve tax dollars and, just as pressingly for many of our neighbors, an effort to preserve our town's unpaved roads.

The authority to post roads was granted to the selectmen by a vote of attendees at a special town meeting that took place in late 2019. Please consider minimizing travel on unpaved roads as we approach our fifth season. Excessive use of dirt roads in the early spring can quickly ruin valuable public property. It can also lead to hard feelings among neighbors, which, in the long run, is far more destructive to our town.

We had our smart meter removed in December and were shocked to see our power bill this month compared to our bill in January 2019. Having the meter switched was a simple process that took less than a week and incurs a small monthly surcharge. Considering that our billed power consumption went from 1,200 kWh to 500 kWh per month, the surcharge seems worth it, but at the same time the giant drop in usage doesn't really make any sense to me, because it does not correlate to a significant drop in use that I can explain.

At the Planning Board meeting Feb. 11, we accepted a completed application from Maine Woods & Waters LLC to create a subdivision on the corner of Greeley Road and Beaver Ridge Road. We will either approve, deny or ask for more information at our next meeting. The Planning Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and meetings are open to the public.

The Freedom Community Historical Society generally meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Election Hall at 6:30 p.m. I have only been to a handful of meetings, but there seem to be some exciting ideas going forward, including the restoration of Keen Hall, which is currently the largest project.

Other plans include the continued organization of and participation in community events, and possibly setting up smaller events throughout the year featuring local experts in various fields relating to the history and the future of Freedom.

The Board of Selectmen meets every Monday except for holidays. If you are unsure if a meeting is taking place, you can call the Town Office at 382-6177 and find out. Its hours are Monday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and the first Saturday of each month (except holidays), 9 a.m. to noon.

Drink water and read books.

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