Sandy Delano, Jon Fishman and Josh Gerritsen are competing for two available three-year seats on the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen.

Each candidate was asked about priorities as well as views on Lincolnville Harbor, the new wastewater plant and sewer district at Lincolnville Beach, town spending and property taxes, and marijuana retail and social clubs in Lincolnville.

Sandy Delano

Sandy Delano sees fiscal responsibility, town infrastructure and potential new technologies for town government as areas in need of attention.

He said he recognizes the importance of input from others in the community and would "rely on fellow members of the Board of Selectmen, associated board members, town administrative staff, and members of the community for their advice and opinions."

Running for the Board of Selectmen is something he has thought about for some time, he said. "Much of my career has been involved in customer service and I view the position of selectman as a customer service team member."

Delano is on the board of directors of Lincolnville Historical Society, and is a recent past board member of Camden/Rockport Historical Society, as well as a member of several additional local historical societies. He volunteers at the Camden Library History Center, is a member and past officer of the American Legion Post 30 in Camden, and served on the committee for Lincolnville Veterans Park and Honor Roll.

Local history and genealogy are two of his passions and he can claim a family relationship to many early settlers of the Midcoast region. His father Buster was from Rockland, and his mother Doris from Lincolnville.

"Growing up, my brother John and I enjoyed the best of both communities," he said. "School and sports in Rockland and summers on my grandparents farm on Youngtown Road in Lincolnville."

Delano graduated from Rockland High School in 1961, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician. After receiving an honorable discharge, he joined IBM, then Digital Equipment Corp. He also worked in the used computer market and surplus electronics business.

Following retirement in 2010, he returned to Lincolnville to look after his late mother, Doris Carver Delano, in the home where she was born and ultimately died. He now lives with his daughter Kimberly Delano. On June 1, he and his wife Kathleen celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.

His retirement was short-lived, and Delano joined The Free Press newspaper as a contract salesman in Waldo County. "My role as a sales representative in our community provides me considerable insight into local issues and concerns," he said. "Some of these are the need for qualified and willing workers, the illegal drug market and its impact on our community, the availability of cost efficient health care and the over-reliance on tourists to sustain our communities."

Delano said he believes progress has been made resolving major issues with Lincolnville Harbor, including creation of job descriptions.

The trustees of the Lincolnville Sewer District have done an outstanding job seeking grants and additional funding, he said, which will, if approved by the town, provide long-term ecological safety for the harbor and beaches and benefit other similar town projects. He said he fully supports funding a wastewater capital reserve account.

Marijuana distribution and sales was favored by the majority of voters in the last election. "After the state sorts things out, we have to figure out how that applies to our town," Delano said with respect to evaluating retail shops and social clubs. He said he has long believed that if legalized, marijuana, like alcohol, should be licensed and possibly taxed.

Delano said he understands there's no magic to keeping town expenses under control and generating sufficient revenue, just hard work and due diligence.

The town has started an effort to inventory town assets, which he said he fully supports. Culverts under roads, floats in the harbor, and other items are a major expense, which, if controlled, will allow the board to forecast use and make better buys, saving taxpayers money, he said. New technology may be another source of savings, Delano said.

Josh Gerritsen

Josh Gerritsen sees the use and maintenance of Lincolnville's harbor facilities, recycling and trash disposal, and support for a new wastewater treatment facility at Lincolnville Beach as important areas of focus.

An "enthusiastic supporter” of the proposed 2017-2018 budget developed by the current Board of Selectmen, he said he wants to make it easier for residents to get involved in town government and to look into ways to attract more young people and new businesses to town.

“I bring a new perspective to the board and excitement about participating in municipal government," Gerritsen said. "I bring sound judgment and the ability to listen to all sides carefully and make decisions thoughtfully with the good of our town in mind.”

He said he is not afraid to stand up for what is right, even when it's unpopular.

Gerritsen grew up in the Midcoast, earned a degree in environmental studies from Skidmore College, and worked as a photographer in New York. After a decade away from Maine, he said he realized Lincolnville was where he wanted to settle down. He started Donkey Universe Farm, and is currently working as a filmmaker full-time, making documentary and narrative films.

He has served on Lincolnville's Lakes and Ponds Committee, county and state committees for the Maine Democratic Party, and has played an active role shaping how Lincolnville will handle its trash for the next 20 years.

Gerritsen said he supports increased recreational use of Lincolnville's harbor facilities, while maintaining its commercial use by fishermen. He said the town spends $50,000 a year maintaining the facilities. “To spend that money but not have equitable use is an imbalance that has to be addressed,” Gerritsen said.

He favors implementing many suggestions from a recent study of Lincolnville Harbor commissioned by the town. He also praised the board's handling of a request from Islesboro for a wider gangway to transport patients in emergencies. Gerritsen said the board, which also heard from professional and recreational users, showed “a fantastic display of leadership and listening.”

Gerritsen is interested in serving as one of Lincolnville's appointed representatives on the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Board.

"The operating budget of the transfer station is over $2 million, which is close to the Lincolnville town budget,” he said. “Trash is not a sexy issue, most people don't care about it, but it's so important that its handled responsibly and by people who are well informed."

He was appointed a member of Mid-Coast Waste Watch, a citizen group. The group's recent four-town survey shows "a majority of our citizens visit the transfer station,” he said. “They use it at a higher rate than they use a local library.”

As an MCSW board member, he would work to increase recycling, handle solid waste responsibly and economically and improve efficiency at the transfer station. In the coming year the board will focus on a plan to redesign the transfer station and he said changes should be made "with our citizens in mind.”

Gerritsen favors single-sort recycling because he believes it will increase the recycling rate. He would like to see a larger Swap Shop with more staffing, so that more usable items can be collected and distributed, including picking usable items from the landfill.

Gerritsen supports construction of Lincolnville Sewer District's new wastewater treatment plant at Lincolnville Beach, and the district's request for annual financial support from the town. He said potential buyers of a commercial property in the beach area backed out because of the state of the sewer system.

“It's so important that we have a robust sewer system at Lincolnville Beach to foster a better environment for economic growth,” he said. In June, the town will vote on a wastewater treatment fund, which he favors; it could be used to support the new sewer district.

Gerritsen would like to broadcast Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee meetings live on the internet, and archive the meetings online to be watched at a later time. In the past, he voted against spending $2,000 to live-stream meetings but said he changed his mind after viewing meetings of the MCSWC board and of other towns' boards.

He would also like selectmen's information packets to be made available online, as is done in neighboring towns. He believes wireless internet can be provided at the Town Office inexpensively, and can be used to view documents being discussed at meetings.

To help entice young people and small businesses to Lincolnville, Gerritsen suggests expanding high-speed internet and finding ways to make it more affordable. In addition, he supports establishing low-cost office or incubator space for new businesses.

A fan of Lincolnville Telephone's fiber-optic service, O.P.E.N. (Optical Premises Ethernet Network), he said, "If it was more affordable and spread out more widely, that will allow more businesses to operate.”

Jon Fishman

Jon Fishman said his priority is to be an effective participant in handling issues that come before the board.

“I think that process involves listening carefully to all sides of the issue presented, seeking as much perspective and advice as possible from people who have experience and expertise in the topic being addressed, finding solutions which address the immediate needs of all involved as respectfully as possible, and setting policy which might aid in dealing with topics of a similar nature down the road," Fishman said.

He said he will not come to the board with specific issues or an agenda.

His decision to run for the Board of Selectmen came out of an awakening of civic responsibility while working on the Bernie Sanders campaign last year. As co-founder of the rock band Phish, he was asked to speak at the Maine Democratic Convention as a surrogate for Sanders.

“I was shaking in my boots,” he said. But, he said, he learned “that to stand up for one's beliefs, to speak up for what you believe in and to understand what you believe enough to be able to articulate it effectively,” is the “entry level for political and community involvement.” However, running for Select Board has nothing to do with his personal political leanings, he said, and he has no ambitions for any higher office.

Being middle-aged, married with five children, and planning to open a store in town have all drawn Fishman to “learn more about the community I live in, and to be involved in a positive and effective way.” He and his wife Briar came to the Midcoast from Burlington, Vermont, after Phish broke up in 2004, to take “a long-needed break.”

They already had “a couple of kids, wanted to have more, and to do some small family farming.” They bought a farm in Lincolnville in 2006 and the Lincolnville General Store in 2008. Then Phish got back together in 2009, and the family moved back and forth between Vermont and Maine.

"We found we loved Lincolnvile, the farm, the school. The community was best for our family,” he said. A major renovation of the store is ongoing, with an opening planned for fall.

Fishman said he was encouraged to run for selectman by community members and by his own observations of his wife's school board service. “Her biggest comment was, there's a lot to learn here,” he said, adding he expects to have a lot to learn as well.

As performing with Phish is now his full-time job, Fishman said, “There might be people who would wonder, this guy's in a rock band, how's he going to make all the meetings? How effective would he be?” He might miss two meetings this year, he said, and has enough schedule flexibility to keep up with local issues.

Impressed with the discourse he has observed at Select Board meetings, Fishman he said he saw how, in coming up with a replacement ramp and float at the town pier, the board, fishermen and people from Islesboro "all put in their 2 cents about what it should look like and what it needs to do. At the end of the day, the ramp that will be there will serve all the parties' needs. There was compromise on all sides; they're going to end up with the best of all worlds, rather than someone not getting what is needed."

"I'd be happy to be on that team, and live up to the jobs of the person I would be replacing," he said.

He sees fiscal responsibility as a balancing act, considering how anything added to the budget affects people who may be having problems meeting property tax obligations, and at the same time constantly considering what is best for the whole. As an example, he spoke about the need for a new sewage treatment plant and clean water at Lincolnville Beach.

Signs around town explain that the cost of helping out with the sewer treatment plant payment this year is $6 per $100,000 of property valuation. "Some people say that's a cup of coffee," Fishman said. "I understand that there are others who aren't out buying their coffee. They're buying coffee in bulk and making it at home."

He said he is not going to assume that cost is not significant. At the same time, "it's really important for the beach to have clean water, and prevent the water from being fouled due to an old sewage system."

"Over the long haul, if we do nothing as community, that's only going to get worse. … You don't want to be the one beach no one wants to stop at. If you pull up on a hot day, and you smell sewage, you will pull away. I don't think anyone in Lincolnville wants that," he said.

"If the beach is a great place that everyone wants to go to that generates more money for the town, it can become a resource. In the short term, the taxes might go up, but hopefully that generates more revenue, which will alleviate the tax burden in the future."

He has a vision for Lincolnville Harbor that includes "having a good infrastructure, well-maintained by competent people, for the short term; three good, working floats and ramps, and overall clean water and as pristine a waterfront and beach as we can." Fishman also supports a vote coming up at town meeting to add $25,000 to a new Wastewater Capital Reserve fund.

On the other hand, as a board member, he said he "would go to every length available to keep someone in their home, and be able to retain their property. I would exhaust every option of assistance before burdening someone with a hardship they aren't able to handle."

Fishman said if recreational marijuana is going to be legal in Maine, it should be regulated with laws similar to those governing alcohol. He said because of second-hand smoke, he would not want marijuana to be smoked in restaurants or bars where alcohol is served, but understands that in a marijuana social club, customers would be agreeing to the atmosphere of a smoking club. Overall, the rules should be considerate of people who don't want to engage with marijuana, he said.

The election is Tuesday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lincolnville Central School.