Board hires new ACO, discusses road closureMore residents sound off about fireworks
Lincolnville — Selectmen filled a vacancy left by the departure of former Police Chief Ron Young when they hired Heidi Blood of Searsmont as the town’s animal control officer at their Monday, Aug. 26, meeting; she will have a six-month probationary period and her contract will end in June 2014.
As part of a discussion about maintenance on Martin’s Corner Road, Selectman Rosey Gerry said thought the board should present a warrant to the town to close the entire road permanently. Currently the end of Martin’s Corner closest to Moody Mountain Road is closed to maintenance in the winter. Gerry said he was concerned about the risk of lawsuits because of the poor condition of the road. He added the town should consider closing a number of other roads that are “basically private driveways,” with just one residence.
The board also heard more testimony from residents regarding the use of fireworks in the town. Whitney Oppersdorff of Coleman Pond Association, who is also on the town’s Lakes and Ponds Committee, submitted information about water pollution from fireworks and other adverse environmental effects of the explosives. A resident of the Coleman Pond area, she said there have been no nesting loons on the pond this year and suggested the fact could be related to the frequent setting-off of fireworks this summer.
She was followed by Annette and Gary Henkin, who also live on the pond. They said they were very concerned about the danger of fire, as well as pollution of pond and noise. Describing the noise and duration of the fireworks, Gary Henkin said “the display is second only to the Washington Monument display.” He added the board should be “ultra-concerned” about the fireworks.
In discussion, board members said they would like to find a compromise short of banning all fireworks in the town. After Town Administrator David Kinney informed board members the town could legally require a permit for fireworks, Gerry exclaimed, “I hate ordinances.” He said rather than add another ordinance that would be difficult to enforce, he would like to have the fire chief issue a ban on fireworks on Class 4 and 5 fire danger days.
Kinney was tasked to prepare a sample charge to a yet-to-be-named ad hoc committee that would study the issue and propose a course of action. The vote was four to one, with Gerry opposed.
Northeast Mobile Health Rockport Division Commander Dennis Simmons made a report and said the transition from Camden First Aid Association went “very, very well.” He said from July 1 to Aug. 25 there had been 32 incidents in Lincolnville, of which six were intercepts from Islesboro, and the average response time was 14 minutes. Of the approximately 300 calls received in July, about half were transports, he said.
Simmons said July had been “very busy,” and August was shaping up to be even busier.
Kinney reported paving bids had come in low enough to allow for the restoration of Stan Cilley Road to the town’s paving plan, and he recommended doing so. The board voted to restore the road, provided the cost to do so didn’t exceed the existing budget.
In his report, Kinney said bids on the town’s police cruisers are due Sept. 4 at noon.
He also reported the town has received a new vote tabulating machine from the state, which he and his staff are learning to use.
He said the town office renovations are “coming along,” with heat and ventilating systems now being installed. Kinney said staff expects to move into the expanded office early in November.
He added tax bills have been mailed, with the first payment due in October.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.
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