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SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

Public hearing set for Oct. 6 on town office petition question

LINCOLN – A public hearing on the petition to overturn the town council’s Aug. 25 vote to have a local businessman build a new town office on Fleming Street will take place on Oct. 6. During a special town council meeting held Sept. 18, councilors unanimously voted to set the public hearing for that date at 6 p.m. in the town council chambers, located in the current town office at 63 Main Street. The public hearing is required after 11 citizens gathered 776 valid signatures of registered voters to overturn the council’s Aug. 25 vote to sign a memorandum of understanding with Lincoln businessman Sterling Osgood.


Town budget, TIF funds discussed at Lincoln town council meeting

LINCOLN – While Lincoln Paper and Tissue reopened this week after a shutdown for building and order maintenance, town officials noted last week that tax increment finance payments and the town’s budget should be in reasonable shape. The topic dominated the “open forum” portion of the council’s Sept. 18 meeting, which was originally called to discuss the town office project and to sign a memorandum of understanding with Lincoln developer Sterling Osgood for a new town office building on Fleming Street.


Burlington firefighters to participate in fire safety awareness event

BURLINGTON – Members of the town’s fire department will visit residents on Oct. 11 to introduce themselves and ensure that all homes have working smoke detectors. According to Chief John Smith, members of the Burlington Municipal Fire Department will spend Oct. 11 visiting homes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to both introduce themselves and provide safety information. The goal, according to Smith, is to make sure that all Burlington homes have a working smoke detector, he wrote in an email message about the event.


Howland leaders examine options for salt shed work

HOWLAND – Town leaders have been trying to fine tune figures provided to build a foundation for a salt shed in recent days, but that effort has hit a snag. Residents gave the board permission to spend up to $25,000 for a new salt shed, replacing a building that was in rough shape and that has been taken down. Quotes on the foundation for the building, though, came in much higher than expected. Even with recent discussions with other companies, estimates for the new foundation have ranged from about $19,300 to $24,490, eating up nearly all of the budget.


Great Northern Paper files Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition earlier this week

KATAHDIN REGION—The future of papermaking in the Katahdin Region has been cast into great uncertainty following a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing earlier this week by GNP Maine Holdings, LLC, which operates Great Northern Paper Company. The bankruptcy petition was filed shortly after 10 p.m. Monday in United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware by GNP’s attorney, Mark D. Olivere of the Wilmington, Del. firm of Chipman Brown Cicero & Cole, LLP. The voluntary bankruptcy petition is filed under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which governs the process of liquidating a debtor’s assets. The petition lists an estimated number of creditors between 200 and 999, and the estimated assets and liabilities of GNP Maine Holdings, LLC are both listed as between $50 million and $100 million.


FAA, NTSB investigates airplane crash on Friday

TOWNSHIP 10 RANGE 15—Federal aviation and transportation officials are investigating a single-engine float plane crash that occurred Friday night in remote northwest Piscataquis County and injured one man. Jim Peters of the Public Affairs Office for the New England Region of the Federal Aviation Administration said the incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. when a Cessna C-180 float aircraft made a “forced landing” in a wooded area near Ross Lake, which is also known as Chemquasabamticook Lake located northwest of Millinocket in extreme northwest Piscataquis County near the boundaries of Somerset and Aroostook counties approximately 20 miles from the Maine-Quebec border. Peters said the aircraft was “substantially damaged” in the forced landing, which was reported to the Maine State Police by the plane’s pilot, whose name was not released. He said the incident remains under investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.


Board holds off on lien for now

EAST MILLINOCKET – Still no lien, at least not yet. That was the message delivered to the public after a lengthy executive session held by the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen with attorneys Dean Beaupain, Rob Crawford, Town Treasurer Beverly MacLeod, Administrative Assistant Angela Cote and Town Clerk Erica Ingalls. Selectmen have been questioned by citizens at every board meeting for the last several months as to whether or not they would lien the mill campus and the personal property. Citizens said they want to be protected in case the mill is dismantled and moved out piece by piece as they have seen happen in Millinocket.


Creditor seeking auction of GNP East Mill facility; real estate lien looming from town

EAST MILLINOCKET—A Bangor area construction company that in May secured a court judgment against GNP Maine Holdings, LLC and GNP East, Inc. for an unpaid debt of more than $242,000 is now seeking to auction Great Northern Paper’s East Millinocket mill to recoup the money it is owed. Northern Construction Services, Inc. of Glenburn was granted the judgment for the enforcement of a mechanic’s lien in Penobscot County Superior Court by Justice Ann Murray, who found the company satisfied the requirements of Maine law for perfecting a lien on the property of GNP Maine Holdings and GNP East because Northern Construction Services has not been paid for services it provided under a contact with the defendants.