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Limestone holding second public hearing on RSU 39 withdrawal

LIMESTONE, Maine — The Select Board will host a public hearing regarding Limestone’s withdrawal from RSU 39, which serves the communities of Caribou, Limestone, and Stockholm, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Limestone Community School Auditorium. 

Another hearing on the same matter was held on Sept. 11 in the same location, however, it was hosted by members of the withdrawal committee. The Select Board is statutorily required to hold its own public hearing on this issue at least 10 days prior to the Nov. 6 election, according to Interim Town Manager Tom Stevens.

Stevens asked the selectmen during their Oct. 3 meeting when and where they would like to host the event.

Officials decided it would be best to hold the hearing at the school auditorium instead of at the town office in case there is a large turnout.

“Logistically,” Stevens said, “it’s kind of hard to move a meeting, so we were looking at the auditorium.”

He then suggested holding the hearing at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, the date of the Select Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting.

“At the conclusion of the hearing you could have your regular agenda items,” Stevens said.

Since a meeting on the same topic had already been held, the town manager also suggested providing handouts to guests and then hosting a question and answer segment with selectmen, as well as with Withdrawal Committee Chair Kathie Beaulieu.

Two board members were absent because they are working the potato harvest, but the remaining three selectmen voted unanimously on the suggested time, date and location for the meeting.

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