BELGRADE — The owner of property next to the community center on Great Pond has accepted the town’s $138,500 offer to buy his two homes on the 1.3-acre parcel.

The property owned by the Dalton Family has a 25-foot right of way that runs directly through the center’s property from Route 27 to Great Pond. The town owns the land on all three sides of the property, which has two two-bedroom houses. One of the houses has a three-car garage.

Town Manger Gregory Gill said Mark Dalton, who lives in Virginia and inherited the property after his mother died, has until June 29 to deliver to the town a lien-free warranty deed.

“Once he gives us that, we will pay him in full and the renters will have to be out of the (apartment) over the garage,” he said. “That gives them 85 days. If they stayed, they would have to sign a different contract; but we don’t want to be in the rental business. We’ll hire a real estate company to do that.”

Money for the property will come from town’s undesignated fund balance.

In other business, Board of Selectpersons members agreed at their meeting Tuesday to lower the fee charged at the transfer station to dispose of Freon.

Gill said it has cost the town $15 to get rid of Freon, but that price has been reduced to $7.

“Whatever it costs to get rid of something, that’s what we’re going to charge,” Gill said. “They’re still looking at fees for demolition wood and brush. We’re not trying to make a profit down there with what we charge. We just want to break even. We’re trying to help out the taxpayer as much as we can.”

He said the town will schedule two free days at the transfer station this year for residents to dispose of trash and bulky items. One will be in May and the other in the fall.

“We handled around $3,000 of the stuff last year,” he said. “It’s a good chance to get rid of the bulky stuff, especially couches, chairs and beds. The only thing with a limit is tires. We’re only going to take four tires.”

Board members also discussed project requests submitted to the Maine Department of Transportation. Gill said the town asked the department to reconstruct Route 8 through North Belgrade and Route 11, which runs between Belgrade and Oakland. The department repaired Route 8 last year, he said.

“They re-did Route 8, and now we’re trying to get them to do Route 11,” he said. “It’s in very bad shape. We constantly get complaints about it. We submitted a request several years ago, and we keep contacting them and asking when they’re going to do 11.”

Gill said the board hopes a proposed natural gas line will prompt the state to do the work the same time the pipeline is installed. Kennebec Valley Gas Co. officials are eyeing a route through Belgrade via routes 27 and 11.

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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