Concerns of abutters to a site on Beach Road intended for a future fire station took up the bulk of the selectmen's meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The issues stemmed from the fact that voters at a special town meeting and in the Nov. 5 election authorized the Board of Selectmen to accept a gift of $45,000 from Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. to purchase about three acres of vacant land on Beach Road owned by Robert and Joyce Collemer to be used for a future fire station.

Selectmen previously entered into a purchase and sale agreement with the Collemers, pending town meeting approval.

No proposal for a structure on the Beach Road parcel has yet been commissioned.

At Tuesday's meeting, resident Crystal Coombs first read a letter to the Board of Selectmen from Will Brown expressing concern about the fact that the fire station would be in a residential area of town. The existing Beach Fire Station is located just off Route 1 in Lincolnville beach near the post office.

Resident Sandy Layman said she was worried the fire station would bring increased traffic to Beach Road, and any outdoor lighting on the building could cause light pollution that would interfere with night viewing of the sky.

Most of the comments on behalf of concerned residents were delivered by Coombs. She said abutters and others who live near the planned fire station site were unhappy with the way they had been treated at the special town meeting Oct. 28 where the purchase of the parcel had been approved.

“We kind of feel like we're being put in the back seat and our opinion doesn't matter.”

Like Coombs, Layman said she felt those who had questioned the land purchase at the special town meeting were treated disrespectfully. She asked for assurance the town board would accept her comments.

Coombs expressed concern about the possibility that the town, or someone acting on the town's behalf, might cut trees on the lot without neighbors' having a say. Coombs asked that selectmen establish an ad hoc committee, with residents of the neighborhood and representatives of the fire department among the members, to oversee what happens with the parcel.

There followed a long exchange between Coombs and members of the Board regarding Coombs' desire to make sure neighbors have a say, not only in how any fire station project is carried out, but also in whatever happens with the town-owned parcel before anything is built.

At one point, Selectman Rosey Gerry said to Coombs, “I feel you're saying 'We don't trust you'.”

He told Coombs before any timber harvesting could take place on the Beach Road property, an Intent to Harvest form would have to be filed with the state, and with the town code enforcement officer; therefore, there would be opportunity to notify abutters before any cutting took place.

Board Chairman Ladleah Dunn thanked Coombs and other residents who came to the meeting to express their feelings. She, too, asked Coombs to give town officials a chance. “There has to be a little bit of faith and trust” in the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board, she said.

Dunn and other selectmen said the committee Coombs requested would duplicate the function of the Planning Board. She urged Coombs to give the Planning Board process — which she said would include ample opportunity for residents to weight in — a chance to work. She also encouraged Coombs and others present to “be proactive” about seeking information from the town, given that the Town Office staff is small.

Coombs asked that notification of meetings of town committees be posted on an online bulletin board for the town that many residents already belong to.

Resident Tracy Colby suggested neighborhood projects, such as tree trimming and road work, be posted on the town website, along with draft minutes of selectmen's meetings, so residents would not have to wait for the final minutes.

Selectman Julia Libby replied, “It's still your responsibility to go and look” at the website.

In other matters, the Board heard a report from Will Brown, the town's representative to the Gateway 1 Corridor Coalition. He said the state Department of Transportation is no longer involved in the Gateway 1 project, and the group is now seeking nonprofit status. He said local towns including Belfast, Camden, Rockland and Rockport are participating in the project to maintain and improve the movement of people and goods efficiently and safely along Route 1. In addition, he said, Damariscotta, Edgecomb and Newcastle are involved, and the coalition hopes to get all the Route 1 towns between Brunswick and Stockton Springs to take part in the project.

Brown asked the Board to appoint Chris Osgood as an alternate representative to the coalition, which it did.

Selectmen also voted to extend the deadline for sale of town-owned properties near the Ducktrap River to the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife until Feb. 24, 2014. The sale was approved at the town meeting in June.