STOCKTON SPRINGS — The Select Board heard a request Aug. 19 to enact an ordinance permitting medical marijuana dispensaries in the town. Laura Salisbury said she grew up in nearby Verona Island and now lives in Stockton Springs. She wants to open a dispensary to provide medical marijuana treatment.

Board member Betsy Bradley asked what allowing dispensaries would cost the town and what effects having such businesses might have. She also said she would want to hold some community input sessions to gather public opinion.

Salisbury said, “My heart is in Stockton,” and that she would not open a dispensary if it were not wanted. She noted that while Searsport has passed regulations allowing a single such business in the town, the area where it is allowed does not get enough traffic to allow a business to succeed.

She added that while she was not very interested in selling to adult-use customers, opening a separate adult-use shop might become an economic necessity in time.

Town Manager Mac Smith said he would collect information on this subject for consideration at the Sept. 2 meeting.

The board also discussed the plan to install three heat pumps at the Town Office, one downstairs and two upstairs. The town had received bids from Sundog Solar in Searsport and Valley Home Services in Hermon, but both were now out of date, according to Public Works Director George Russell. In the meantime, a third bid had been received from Dave’s World in Ellsworth. Russell said he would meet with Sundog and Valley before the board meets again Sept. 2.

In other business, the board heard a presentation about The Front Porch Project, a program that aims to train community members to help families experiencing stress in order to prevent child abuse. Members discussed hosting a training for families with child care provided, but did not set a date.

Smith announced that the town will receive $20,000 in American Rescue Plan funds from the county. He will look into how the money may be used.

The board authorized Ambulance Director Ken Folette to obtain an estimate for the repair of the town’s second ambulance from Bangor Auto and Truck.

Finally, Russell said he put a Ford F-550 truck up for sale for $1,000, but got no offers. He asked permission to take the truck to a junkyard and sell it for scrap, which he thought would bring several hundred dollars. The board approved the action.

The next Select Board meeting is Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. at the Town Office.