1. "A HISTORY OF MAINE ROADS 1600 -1970" published online by permission of the Maine Department of Transportation; Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruling on undeveloped parcelsGoudreau v Pine Springs Road and Water, LLC
Oak Hill Road Wars, video; Betsy Connor Bowen, Writer and Producer. This film documents the Manters' thirty-year struggle with municipal and state government over the concept of "public easement", a road the public is free to use but does not have to maintain.
2. MAINE PRIVATE WAYS STATUTE, TITLE 23, §§3101-3106
Primary (read carefully):
2A. Final version of LD 461, An Act Regarding Private Ways and Private Roads, going into effect October 25, 2023Maine 131 - SP 215 - LD 461 item 3.pdf
3. FORMING AND RUNNING ROAD ASSOCIATIONS
DEFINING A "PARCEL OF LAND" in the MAINE PRIVATE WAYS STATUTE, §3101 (4) Voting, is crucial for each private road association because it determines the number of votes per owner and may determine each owner’s share of the annual assessment. Attorney Cliff Goodall, now retired, called a parcel of land "the operative ownership piece for this statute" at the MARA Road Association Conference 2014 (See # 7 below). We have transcribed a portion of Cliff's presentation on this subject and have asked Attorney Mary Denison for her opinion of Cliff's conclusions.
The following "Samples" are meant to be altered to fit your use:SAMPLE RA BYLAWS 2.rev2.docx
The following WORD.docx "TEMPLATES", based on the Agenda TEMPLT, are designed to facilitate absentee voting and save time:PROPERTY VALUATION FOR ROAD ASSOCIATION ASSESSMENTS.Cliff Goodall.pdf
4. GRAVEL ROAD MAINTENANCE
5. DELINQUENT CLAIMS
Collections Worksheet.docx (Contains links to Date and Simple Interest calculators)Simple Interest Calculator
6. USEFUL LINKS:
HOW TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY:
DEP DOCUMENTS AND GUIDANCE:
Maine ROADWays Website (Residents & Owners on Abandoned & Discontinued Ways):
THE TOWN OF WINDHAM has more than 60 % of property owners living on private ways or private roads for which the town has provided winter maintenance (plowing and sanding) for over 20 years. This agreement has ended. Windham is currently working on a process to continue plowing "private ways" with public easement, to include having owners on private roads form statutory road associations. Here are 2 links to Windham's process:
7. HANDOUT MATERIALS: Past MARA Conferences
CLIFF GOODALL'S TALK (up-loaded May 14, 2014) on defining a "PARCEL" and determining assessments for each parcel : (YOU WILL NEED A MEDIA PLAYER ON YOUR COMPUTER!)
a. Mary Denison: "I am providing a full version of the law and templates for start-up and collection activities." Private Ways Act.pdf ; Application to Notary Public.pdf ; Warrant 1st Meeting.pdf ; Proxy Voting Form.pdf ; Sample Bylaws for Statutory Road Association.pdf ; Sample 30-day Claim Notice.pdf ; Notice of Claim for Non Payment.pdf ; Notice of Non Payment and Extension.pdf ; Registry Notice of Statutory Road Association2.pdf .
c. Roberta Manter: "Based on your responses at the Conference, I have expanded my outline to make it a reference for the topic." Encouraging Member Participation.Expanded Notes.pdf