Brewer City Council Reviews Controversial Land Deal 

Brewer city councilors have decided to forward a report to the Attorney General’s office over a controversial land deal. The investigative report says former Housing Authority Chairman Calvin Bubar broke state law when he sold his property to the Housing Authority. Bubar and his attorney attended a meeting of the Brewer City Council last night to refute that report. Bubar resigned as Housing Authority Chairman last summer, the day before a purchase and sale agreement for his property on Chamberlain Street in Brewer was signed.Councilors became concerned about a possible conflict of interest after learning the housing authority planned to pay Bubar three times more than the land was valued. Earlier this month, a lawyer from a Portland firm hired by the city found that Bubar’s conduct could merit further investigation or prosecution. Bubar’s attorney, Laurence Willey, says there were holes in that report related to how Bubar developed the property.Laurence Willey, Calvin Bubar’s Attorney said, “What we tried to do this evening is provide a timeline which included all information which was not included in the Verrill Dana report, so the Brewer City Council would have a complete understanding of what occurred before Mr. Bubar was ever a member of the Brewer Housing Authority. So that they know he was well, well down in the process of the project on his own, with engineers, contractors, architects, spent a huge amount of money on his own on it.”Councilors decided to include the timeline from Bubar’s attorney with the report being sent to the Attorney General’s office.