Falmouth council eases limits on easements, manager

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FALMOUTH — The Town Council on Monday gave waterfront property owners permission to set seasonal docks over town-owned land. 

Councilors were also introduced to an amendment that would allow the town manager to dispose of surplus property valued up to $50,000, and heard an update about renovation plans for the Falmouth Memorial Library.

The council voted unanimously to give two property owners a license for an easement over a 50-foot strip of town-owned land that separates their property from the water along Carroll and Brown streets. The agreement will serve as a template for the other five properties the town land crosses.

The license requires the land owners to keep the premises clean, only use the property for a boat dock and launch, permit reasonable inspections by the town, and pay all costs and expenses incurred in the event they breach the agreement.

Town Manager Nathan Poore introduced the amendment to the council that would allow him to dispose of $50,000 in surplus property. Currently, he has the authority for $10,000.

The surplus increase is necessary, Poore said, because vehicle trades that are part of the capital improvement plan, such as a recent fire truck and dump truck, often exceed the $10,000 limit.

The property is required to be part of the CIP and cannot come “out of the blue sky,” Councilor Karen Farber said. Items not part of the CIP would still need to come before the council for approval.

The amendment would also give the manager the authority to dispose of items valued at $20 or less.

Poore said council approval for an amount is required to be established for situations in which the town needs to dispose of low-value items like tables and chairs.

An instance where this can be put to use is for items left over from the renovations of Falmouth Middle School, he said, adding that this will allow him to either sell the items or throw them out.

The library, meanwhile, is moving forward with preliminary renovation plans after hiring an architect in July, Library Director Andi Jackson-Darling told the council.

Jackson-Darling said the current space needs to be increased to adequately serve the community’s needs.

The library board will host a public forum Sept. 10 at the library to unveil the architect drawings and receive feedback from the community, she said.

About 75 percent of the library’s budget is taxpayer-funded. The remainder is raised through donations.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.