October 20, 2021

Missing records turn up> Minutes show Levant residents voted to close road in ’77

LEVANT — Selectmen’s decision last spring to accept four affidavits from residents as evidence that a portion of Ross Road was closed 20 years ago has turned out to be the right one after all.

Town Manager Derik Goodine said recently that 10 years of missing records have turned up, including the minutes from a Sept. 30, 1977, special town meeting. Those documents prove that a majority of residents did indeed vote at that time to permanently close Ross Road from the Randall-Orr property line to the H.W. Brann line.

Goodine said the records were found when a relative of now-deceased Town Clerk Marilyn Mullen was sorting through Mullen’s belongings.

According to Goodine, Mullen operated out of her house before the construction of the town office in 1991. When town documents were moved to the office, those records apparently became separated.

Since the records heretofore had been misplaced, selectmen had decided to use affidavits to determine whether the 1,200 feet on Ross Road should be maintained by the town, and whether their recommendation at last year’s town meeting to spend $4,000 to construct ditches there was proper.

Based on the affidavits, officials decided the road was a public easement which could be subject to town maintenance. Although the town is under no obligation to maintain a public easement, residents can choose to work on the area anyway.

Goodine said he was “ecstatic” to see the records.

“They’ll help out greatly with any future problems. I feel almost as good as did about their $1.8 million,” he added, referring to the money which a Brewer city employee found in the city’s reserve account.

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