CHELSEA — Selectmen will ask voters at their annual Town Meeting June 21 to use $90,000 from the wood lot account and raise $45,000 from taxes to pay for a townwide revaluation.

Town Manager Scott Tilton said the wood lot account would be paid back over the next two years.

Three appraisal firms have bid on the project: KRT Appraisal of Haverhill, Mass., William Van Tuinen of Madison and John O’Donnell Associates of New Gloucester.

Selectmen haven’t decided which firm to hire yet, Tilton said Thursday, but the money requested at Town Meeting should cover whichever bid is accepted.

Tilton said once the town-wide revaluation project is completed, there will be an increase for about one third of the property in Chelsea, one third will remain the same and one third will be reduced in value.

At a meeting on Tuesday, selectmen also accepted a bid from Preti, Flaherity, Beliveau of Augusta to continue as the town solicitor.

The town will be charged $200 an hour for work done by the firm’s attorney in charge, $150 an hour for the service of an associate and $125 an hour for a paralegal.

In other business, selectmen agreed to a four-year contract with Constellation Energy to supply electricity to town property.

“We’re going to reduce our electricity bill the first year by about $422,” Tilton said. “It’s almost 2 cents less per kilowatt hour, which makes a big difference because we use about 38,000 kilowatt hours a year.”

The board also discussed a new position, road foreman.

“This person would oversee some of the town’s roadwork,” Tilton said. “If contractors are hired, this person would actually be on the job site and make sure the town gets its money’s worth. They’ll also do some work for the town, patching roads and that kind of thing.”

Selectmen also entered into a $15,755 one-year agreement with Maine Public Safety dispatch for services, the same amount as last year, agreed to renew the town’s contract with the city of Gardiner for ambulance service for $6,665 and asked residents to help pick up trash along the side of the road to honor Earth Day on April 22.

Mechele Cooper — 621-5663

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