Board hears request to move portion of road
Lincolnville — The Board of Selectmen heard a proposal to move part of Fernald's Neck Road at its meeting Monday, Jan. 13.
Resident Alex Kuli came before the Board to request that the last 600 feet of the unpaved section of the road be moved farther from his house. He said cars going to Fernald's Neck Preserve in the summer raise a lot of dust that gets into his home. Also, because of a rise in the road just before his house, there is a blind spot at the end of his driveway.
Kuli gave selectmen copies of a plan to redirect the road through property he owns. He said the new section of road would be about 1,100 feet. He told selectmen he would pay for construction of the new road, and offered to add a turnaround at the end for snowplows and other road maintenance vehicles.
Kuli also noted that the previous owner of his house, Dyke Messler, had told him he also had proposed to move the road in 2007, and had received approval from the Board of Selectmen. Board Chairman Ladleah Dunn told Kuli the town had no record of such an approval.
Selectman Rosey Gerry reminded Kuli that the new road would have to meet town standards, which would probably mean it would be better than the existing road.
Selectman Julia Libby asked Town Administrator David Kinney whether the change would have to be approved by town meeting voters. Kinney said it would, because the final 600 feet of the current road would have to be discontinued and the gift of the land on which the new road would be built would have to be accepted, both actions requiring a town meeting vote.
Selectman Jason Trundy suggested that if Kuli could get the other two homeowners on his part of the road to agree, along with Coastal Mountains Land Trust, which owns the preserve, they could request the town to discontinue the road, making it a private road. Then the interested parties would take responsibility for maintaining the road and could re-route it as they chose. Town meeting voters would still have to approve any proposal to discontinue the road. Property owners on the discontinued portion would be asked to waive their right to damages before the town would propose it, Trundy suggested.
The Board asked Kuli to work with the other interested parties on Fernald's Neck Road and with Kinney to come up with a proposal to discontinue the road. If he is unable to get the other parties to agree to a discontinuance, they said he was welcome to approach them again about moving the road.
In other business, Richard Lenfest of Belmont reported to the Board that he is taking over responsibility for organizing the Lincolnville Farmer's Market, under the name Center Farmer's Market. Lenfest has been the only vendor at the market, held at 6 Heal Road, since the end of October. He said he has permission from building owner Jeremy Howard to use the space until March 1, when Randy Fein will lease it. Lenfest is also in talks with Fein -- who plans to use the space as a ceramics collaborative -- about continuing to hold the farmer's market at that location after her lease begins. He said he hopes to attract new vendors.
Kinney reported that resident Peter Gabriel would like to donate a bench at the Beach in memory of his wife. The bench would be similar to benches that are already at the Beach, he said. The Board voted unanimously to accept the gift.
Kinney also reported to the Board on his research regarding web streaming and archiving of meetings. He showed them the websites of the town of Camden, which uses Town Hall Streams, and the city of Biddeford, which uses Earth Channel, and said he would have a recommendation about what service to use and which services should be included by the time the budget was being drawn up.
Finally, the Board considered a request to sign onto a letter from the Waldo County Municipal Association to the state legislators for Waldo County regarding state revenue-sharing. Selectmen decided to ask Kinney to write a separate letter on their behalf instead of signing the Waldo County letter.
Trundy expressed feelings shared by other board members when he said, “There is no place that government is more responsive to the citizens than right here [at the municipal level].”
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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