Pittston will hold a special town meeting Wednesday to set aside money to allow residents to use a different transfer station, to create an ordinance for selling tax-acquired property and to pay for repairs to the town’s sand and salt shed.
Voters at the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the town office will also be asked to allow the town to accept money for unpaid ambulance bills and to close inactive accounts.
The biggest item on the special town meeting warrant is to allow the town to use $32,000 from its capital improvements account to pay for repairs to its sand and salt shed. It will leave about $1,800 left in the fund, according to Jane Hubert, chairwoman of the select board. Jewett Builders, Inc., of Pittston, won the contract to do the repairs.
The town is also requesting to use up to $5,000 raised last year to allow residents to use the transfer station in Richmond.
The Board of Selectmen ended the town’s contract with the city of Augusta’s Hatch Hill Solid Waste Disposal Facility last year, saving about $40,000 a year. But the alternative waste site identified as a replacement for residents, Pine Tree Waste in West Bath, isn’t open on weekends.
The town raised the $5,000 at last year’s annual Town Meeting to hold cleanup days for residents to dispose of bulky waste, such as old couches and mattresses, since they couldn’t do it on weekends anymore. Instead, the town is now asking residents to use that money to reimburse the town of Richmond for extra workers to handle Pittston residents using its facility, which is open Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Hubert said the actual cost will likely be around $2,000. The town is proposing to do a trial year using the Richmond transfer station, but it hasn’t been finalized, she said.
Pittston residents will have to buy a permit to use the Richmond dump, as they did with Hatch Hill.
Residents at the special town meeting will also be asked to approve an ordinance governing how the town disposes of property it acquires because of unpaid taxes. Hubert said the Maine Municipal Association advised the town to either adopt an ordinance or add an article at the annual Town Meeting for selling tax-acquired property.
The town is currently accepting bids for four properties.
Another warrant question asks for approval to accept money from people with unpaid ambulance bills.
The town is part of a seven-municipality partnership using the city of Gardiner’s ambulance and rescue service. All towns pay an annual fee for the service, but they’re also responsible for unpaid bills incurred within their borders that a collection agency can’t recover. Pittston paid $7,867 for unpaid bills this year, the majority of which came from Pittston residents, Hubert said.
In an effort to recoup some of that money, the town sent letters in April to people who didn’t pay their bills, but it needs permission to accept the money. So far, the town hasn’t received any responses to the letters.