Downtown design project in Skowhegan rejected amid concerns by board, business owner

SKOWHEGAN — A proposal make improvements in an area downtown drew sharp concerns this week from a selectman and a nearby business owner who accused officials of not being transparent enough with the details.

Selectmen Paul York said during a special Board of Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday that discussions up to this point are premature as “we don’t even know what we’re arguing yet, because we don’t even have a design to look at.”

The agenda item asked for the select board’s approval to use $18,500 to pay an engineer for the project, which had been postponed from the previous meeting. Agenda documents reflect that the board was to discuss and decide whether to award $18,5000 to Haley Ward for the Jewett Street Engineering Proposal and expending that amount from the Highway Department Reserve Account, Roads and Sidewalks Resurfacing Designation.

The board ultimately rejected the request 3-1; York was the lone board member in support of…

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