VASSALBORO — Selectmen fully support Ray Breton’s attempt to gain ownership of the former Carl’s Quick Stop in North Vassalboro.

“We’re all in favor. Go for it,” board Chairman Philip Haines told Breton at a meeting Thursday night.

No one else seems to want the closed market and gas station on Main Street.

Breton, a contractor, said former owner Carl McCaslin thinks he no longer has rightsto the property. But if he has, he will surrender them to Breton for a token $1.

Through its lawyer, the bank that foreclosed has said it doesn’t want the property either, according to Town Manager Mary Sabins.

When enough back taxes accumulated so the town could have foreclosed, selectmen unanimously declined to do so, seeing no value in acquiring the land or building.

Board members think the property is an eyesore and a potential hazard. Town officials are in the early stages of applying for a brownfields grant to have underground fuel tanks removed there. The state’s brownfields program is aimed at eliminating real or perceived contaminants from downtown commercial properties so the land can be re-used.

If he acquires the property, Breton said he will remove the dilapidated building. He plans to ask if town firefighters want to burn the building down as a part of a training exercise; if not, he can demolish it.

Selectmen are willing to consider waiving back taxes and perhaps the legal fees the property has generated to save Breton some money.

Breton was appreciative.

“I’ve got a lot of energy,” he said. “I don’t have a lot of money.”

In other business Thursday evening:

* Sabins said she contacted a businessman who might remove an old mobile home from a small tax-acquired lot on Cushnoc Road that selectmen are considering selling. She also reported on progress with the recycling building at the transfer station. Most of the available money has been spent, and most of the work is done, but plumbing fixtures still need to be bought, she said.

* Resident Tom Richards said the Town Office flagpole needs to be replaced. Sabins said she will know whether there is money available later next year.

* Sabins received guidance from selectmen on employee job descriptions and evaluations now that the board has adopted a personnel handbook. A key issue is whether to offer employees annual cost-of-living increases, merit raises, or both. Sabins thinks evaluations are pointless unless merit raises are a possibility. Selectmen agreed, but they also agreed that any kind of raise would have to be weighed against other needs in the 2012-13 budget.

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