Committee to address fireworks useSpecial town meeting warrant approved
Lincolnville — The Board of Selectmen approved formation of a Consumer Fireworks Committee to address what has become a contentious issue in town.
At its Monday, Sept. 23, meeting, Lincolville selectmen adopted a charge, qualifications for committee membership and other town bodies to be represented on the committee. The action was in response to numerous complaints from permanent and seasonal residents of the town about noise and other concerns relating to fireworks and concerns from fireworks users about personal liberty and over-regulation, according to the charge document.
The committee will consist of the fire chief, or other representative of the fire department, a member of the Lakes & Ponds Committee, a member of the Land Use Committee or the Planning Board, and two Lincolnville residents or property owners. The charge document says committee members should have an interest in the stated purpose of the committee, should be either a permanent or seasonal resident of the town or a property owner, should be willing to put aside personal opinions in the interest of the whole community and must be appointed by selectmen.
All of the committee’s meetings will be open to the public, and it is expected to present a draft fireworks ordinance that restricts the use of fireworks more than state law currently does, but stops short of banning them, to the selectmen by Jan. 31, 2014.
In other business, selectmen approved the warrant for a special town meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Lincolnville Central School. The articles on the warrant include authorization of the Board of Selectmen to accept a gift of $45,000 from the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. for the purchase of about three acres of vacant land on Beach Road owned by Robert and Joyce Collemer to be used for a future fire station.
During the meeting Monday, selectmen also entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the Collemers, pending town meeting approval.
Additionally, the warrant seeks approval of a proposed amendment to the school budget to allow the school to spend $32,985.03 in supplemental state funds to pay teacher retirement costs the state transferred to the towns.
Selectmen also approved a referendum question for the Nov. 5 ballot seeking approval for the school budget amendment.
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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