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Nov 11, 2019
Cover letter to Court regarding the Public Notice. Lawyer claims "No defendant came forward to challenge the taking..." and that any other defendants are "...unknown and believed to be ficticious". This is strange talk. There is a deed for this land registered with the Penobscot Register of Deeds in Book 682, Pages 184,185, and 186. A map to accompany it is in Plan Book 6, Page 30. Union Land Company heirs are entitled to be recognized and not called "fictitious." Counsel should have recommended to the City Council that a process of claiming this land should have followed the rules regarding non payment of taxes. Using the tactic of condemnation without even extending the courtesy of a prior notification to parties that had appeared numerous times before the City Council was not an example of good faith. Then claiming that a publication in a town email to a private list in the form of a proposed agenda was sufficient public notification for this action is simply an egregious twisting of logic.

April 17, 2017
Local homeowners petition to City Council to support transfer of land to landowner Mitchell.

March 30, 2017
Article in Penobscot Times.

March 15, 2017
Offer from City to Mitchell for letter to allow use of land.

The Secretary of State informs us that the last deeded owner of the property, Union Land Company, ceased activity in Maine in 1930. Presumably, they were a victim of the financial upheaval of the Great Depression. The land that now makes up Lot 189 was never sold.

Union Land Company was active in selling off plots of the southern part of French Island. This index from Pebobscot Registry shows Union Land Company sold eight lots between 1903 and 1907. Eventually, all the lots were sold before Union Land Company ceased operations.