Town proposes Elm Street as "no thruway"

Recent discussion among members of the Town Council has sparked the possibility of declaring Elm Street a no thruway for large trucks. The debate started back in late July when the council was reviewing changes to the yearly paving projects. Elm Street is in poor condition and is on the docket to be paved this year.

One of the contributing factors to the road's substandard shape is the high volume of commercial tractor-trailers that use the roadway. Contractors travel down Elm Street to access Route 1A as it offers better visibility, and a more subtle decline, compared to the abutting byways.

Elm Street, along with most downtown roads, was originally a carriage road. It doesn't have the underlying construction that larger, state-aid roads do.

Councilor Maggie English-Flanagan, who lives on the road in question, stated that there was no need for trucks to operate on — and consequently damage — the street. She implied that Lebanon Road or Whig Street would be far better alternatives, given their sturdier integrity.

One resident at the meeting, a local business owner, expressed concern with the council’s plan. “These companies pay thousands of dollars in excise tax to the town every year,” he said. “They should be allowed to use any road they want.”

A public hearing is to be held Tuesday night, Sept. 8, to receive comment on the proposed amendment to the traffic ordinance. Following the public hearing, the council was expected to act on the amendment.

Assuming no further protests were raised by members of the community, and if the amendment is passed by the Town Council, no thruway signs will be erected this fall following completion of paving the street.

Church to hold yard sale

Winterport’s westernmost house of worship, Ellingwood’s Corner UMC, will be holding a neighborhood yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the parking lot of the church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Individuals may rent a 10-foot-by-10-foot space for a donation of $10. Renters are encouraged to bring their own table and may choose to bring a canopy. For more information, and to reserve a space, contact 223-4006.