Editor's note: The correct time of the meeting is 6 p.m. The story published in The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal listed an incorrect time.

A special town meeting will be held Sept. 24 in Lincolnville regarding a 180-day moratorium on the placement of moorings on inland waterways.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Walsh Common of Lincolnville Central School.

The Board of Selectmen voted Sept. 10 to send the moratorium issue to voters, following two discussions about moorings in an area of boat launches on Megunticook Lake in Camden.

Concern about moorings crowding the area around boat launches on inland waterways was brought to the board Aug. 27 by Lincolnville resident Aaron Boetsch. He talked about the number of private moorings in Megunticook Lake near the Route 52 boat launch in Camden, according to meeting minutes, and expressed concern that the same situation might eventually take place in Lincolnville, on all of its ponds.

Lincolnville is home to numerous ponds, including Norton and Coleman ponds. Other lakes and ponds that cross town lines are shared with the towns of Camden, Hope, Searsmont and Northport, including Megunticook Lake, Levenseller Pond and Pitcher Pond.

Lincolnville does not regulate moorings on inland waterways, Town Administrator David Kinney said Sept. 18.

Kinney said he presented several options to selectmen, including a moratorium that would give board members more time to think about whether there is a need for mooring regulations on inland waterways, and if there is, how to regulate them effectively.

The topic of a moratorium for inland waterway moorings also was on the Sept. 18 agenda for Camden Select Board.

Ducktrap beach

In another water-related issue, Lincolnville's Board of Selectmen will walk the ocean beach area at the mouth of Ducktrap River, which the town of Lincolnville leases from the state Department of Conservation.

A citizen concern about vehicles parking at the low water line, in the intertidal zone during low tide, has been conveyed to Kinney by Marine Patrol Sgt. Matthew Talbot.

Talbot attended the Sept. 10 board meeting, and said it was brought to his attention this spring that a person harvesting clams parked a pickup truck near the low water line. The citizen was concerned that the older truck might drip engine oil and gasoline into the water.

During routine patrols of the area, Talbot said one of his officers saw two pickup trucks parked near the low tide line in August. He does not have authority to take any actions, and is not making recommendations, he said, adding that officers had not seen any other vehicles parked in the intertidal zone during regular patrols beginning in the spring.

Kinney said Sept. 10 the town has no tools to prevent vehicles from driving down the beach in the intertidal zone. He said the town could adopt an ordinance, set up a physical barrier or erect signs.

A member of the Marine Patrol for 17 years, Talbot said the beach at Ducktrap is regularly used by many people for multiple purposes, including those who hand-harvest clams at low tide.

He occasionally has observed an all-terrain vehicle there, which is prohibited by state law and has been addressed.

However, there is no state law that forbids vehicular traffic in the intertidal zones, Talbot said, and there is little he can do. He contacted the Department of Conservation, which informed him the town has the authority to regulate activity there.

Talbot also thought it "prudent to point out that the road going down to Ducktrap is a fairly short, dead-end road with no barrier at the end. There have been several occasions of vehicles driving into the water in the past 10 years in other locations in the state."

He cited the most recent incident in Belfast, where a vehicle drove past the harbormaster's office into the bay. A few years ago, he said, a couple of people became disoriented while driving in fog at night in Tremont, drove down a dead-end road ending in a boat ramp into the water, and perished.

Talbot pointed out that while that issue differed from the original citizen concern, the road at Ducktrap is another place where a vehicle could drive straight into the water.

Board members discussed the options of placing boulders as barriers at the end of the road, or erecting signs, but wanted to walk the area before making any decision.