Calais Looks at Future of Milltown Gas Station

By Kaileigh Deacon

Where Baring and North Street meet at the Milltown Border crossing sits a gas station that has been idle for a number of years. As the year comes to a close, foreclosures are starting to happen, and the former Citgo/Shell station is set to automatically foreclose at the end of the year. 

The property has three years of outstanding taxes with the City of Calais. Should the foreclosure go through, the town would own the property including the gas tanks in the ground. If the city proceeds with the foreclosure and obtains the property, they would then have the option to put the property out to bid. The city has the option of waiving the automatic foreclosure that would take place later in December to prevent the property reverting back to city ownership. 

The City Council decided to authorize city clerk Theresa Porter to waive the foreclosure. This action does not limit the city from taking future actions to foreclose on the property, rather, it gives the city more time to consider options on how to proceed with the property and make a decision at a later date. 

The council also looked at the property on 53 Carson Road. The council had before them a proposal to purchase the property with the condition that it be by payment arrangement. The debt owed on the property is roughly $4,000. The city council opted not to accept the proposed payment plan for the property; instead, they authorized Theresa Porter to send a thirty-day letter to the family members. 

Porter was also authorized by the council to send redemption letters to owners for tax and sewer acquired properties. The automatic foreclosure date would be December 28. The council voted to go ahead with the letters. 

Unanimously, the council voted to write off the remainder of the outstanding debt for the Davis Loan. The property was sold for $6,000 which didn’t cover the cost of the debt owed. The city will write off the difference between the two.

The Chamber of Commerce approached the city about the possibility of again running an ad for the city in the chamber magazine. Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism reported that the city of Calais would on average receive about 50 inquiries regarding the city every two weeks. Since the city’s full-page ad in last year’s magazine, the city has received 750 inquiries. The Chamber distributed 7,500 copies of the magazines last year all over the Acadia area and the State of Maine. The city had previously purchased a full-page ad just inside the cover of the magazine for $1,200. The council unanimously voted this year to do the same with money from the Economic Development Fund. 

In closing remarks, the councilors all took their chance to thank Jim Porter for his service to the city over his time with them and wished him the best in his retirement. Porter’s last council meeting as City Manager was Thursday. The council authorized new City Manager Mike Ellis to be added as an authorized signer on all bank accounts and trusts and welcomed him to the position. 

 

The City Council will meet again in the New Year.