Residents overwhelmingly approved all requests at Pittston’s special town meeting Wednesday night, including emptying the capital improvements account to fund repairs to the sand and salt shed.

Around 40 residents attended the meeting at the town office, according to Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Jane Hubert.

None of the warrant articles included requests to raise additional money through taxes.

Residents approved the request to use $32,000 from the town’s capital improvements account to pay for repairs to the sand and salt shed. It will leave about $1,800 left in the fund, according to Hubert.

The article with the most discussion was the request to use up to $5,000 for residents to use the town of Richmond’s transfer station to dispose of bulky waste, such as old couches and mattresses.

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.

Residents originally raised the $5,000 at last year’s annual Town Meeting to hold cleanup days to get rid the bulky waste items, but Pittston is instead proposing to use the money to reimburse Richmond for extra workers to handle Pittston residents who use 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.

Hubert said one objection to the proposal Wednesday was from a couple who had previously brought their household trash to Hatch Hill. The Richmond transfer station doesn’t accept household trash, but most residents use private haulers for household trash, Hubert said.

Residents also approved a new ordinance governing how the town disposes of property it acquires because of unpaid taxes, and approved allowing the town to accept money from people with outstanding ambulance bills.

The Maine Municipal Association had 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 accepting bids for four properties.

Pittston has to pay for outstanding ambulance bills from incidents that happened in the town, so town officials sent out letters in April to people who didn’t pay their bills. Pittston paid $7,867 for unpaid bills this year, the majority of which came from Pittston residents, Hubert said.

The special town meeting request was needed for the town to accept the money. So far, it town hasn’t received any responses to the letters.

Paul Koenig — 621-5663

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Twitter: @paul_koenig


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