AUGUSTA — City councilors are scheduled to meet Thursday to consider selling three properties acquired by the city for nonpayment of taxes and approving night work by a natural gas company.

The city recently sought bidders for three tax-acquired properties, and on Thursday councilors are scheduled to consider approving the sale of each of them.

The properties and highest bids for each are:

• 14 Oxford St., a one-and-a-half-story former residence on a 0.08-acre lot built in 1856, according to city records, and assessed at $82,800 for tax purposes, to bidder David Barnard, of Augusta, who bid $111;

• A 6.8-acre Buckwood Road vacant lot, with no listed street address, assessed at $21,900, to bidders Catherine Cobb and Julie Bernier, of Augusta, who bid $6,750;

• 11 High St., a two-story former residence built in 1906 and assessed at $106,200, to bidder Keiko Watanabe-Paul, of Augusta, who bid $32,500.

The proceeds from each sale would go into a city reserve account to pay for the cost of demolishing unsafe structures in the city.

Councilors are also scheduled to consider authorizing City Manager William Bridgeo to approve night construction work by Summit Natural Gas of Maine, which plans to install natural gas pipeline in the area of Commercial and Water streets. Night construction work in the city requires council approval, and several similar requests have been made and granted by the city for Summit Natural Gas of Maine and competitor Maine Natural Gas. Bridgeo has noted he will approve night work for such projects only when it is beneficial to public safety to minimize the disruption of daytime traffic.

Councilors meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Augusta City Center. Councilors are also scheduled to:

• hold a public hearing and consider granting a liquor license to Frank Berenyi for Shenanigans, a Water Street bar;

• read a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 to be U.S. Constitution Week in Augusta;

• consider authorizing Bridgeo to sign an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for an easement to allow construction crews to use city land to access the Mount Vernon Avenue bridge over Bond Brook for a project meant to stabilize the banking along the brook.

Keith Edwards — 621-5647

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Twitter: @kedwardskj

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