Bath appoints ex-judge to probe sale
A former Maine Superior Court judge will investigate the disputed sale of a city-owned property.
Retired Justice Robert Crowley will conduct the study of the sale of the Mid Coast Center for Higher Education at a cost not to exceed $7,500 after a vote Wednesday by the City Council.
In a letter to the council, Crowley said he would serve as an investigator on condition that he be authorized to determine how the investigation would be conducted, and would follow the evidence where it leads.
The city sold told old Bath Memorial Hospitsl building at 9 Parkm St., in May, to Robert Smith of Phippsburg for $799,000. The council on April 17 unanimously approved the sale. The building is assessed for tax purposes at $6.5 million, which officials have said is irrelevant since the building is nontaxable.
Some residents criticized the sale, claiming the city failed to practice due diligence in setting a price, and did not sell the building in an appropriate way.