STOCKTON SPRINGS — Select Board members met with two of their counterparts from Prospect — Diane Terry and Calivin Cooper — for a second time Nov. 4 to discuss an agreement for the town to provide ambulance service to its neighbor to the north.

Town Manager Mac Smith passed out copies of a draft contract, along with two documents he had used as models. The draft agreement called for Prospect to pay $38,575 for a year of ambulance service. Smith explained how the number was derived. Former Ambulance Director Ken Folette Jr. determined that 27% of the department’s 2020 calls were to Prospect. He then figured 27% of 2020’s ambulance revenues ($102,814) and also calculated 27% of the 2021 ambulance budget ($245,683). Lastly, he subtracted Prospect’s share of last year’s revenue from its share of this year’s expenses to get the final figure.

Cooper said rather than a fee-for-service arrangement, he would prefer the two towns to work toward a vision of a shared service, with costs allocated on the basis of population and relative property valuation.

Smith replied that he would talk with Ambulance Director Amy Drinkwater and would await a counterproposal from Prospect. Cooper said if the two towns could find a mutually beneficial way to deal with EMS, it might become a model for cooperation in other areas. The two boards will meet again on this matter at a time to be decided.

Also on the agenda was a request from the Stockton Springs Yacht Club to store its floats in the overflow parking area at the harbor. Smith had contacted the club about the fact that it had stored the floats on town property without permission and the club had replied by email requesting to rent the storage space from the town.

Smith strongly advised board members not to set such a precedent, as he felt it would result in many similar requests that would take up an undue amount of his time.

Upon learning from Jim Davis, club commodore, that the Yacht Club is a nonprofit, like the Stockton Harbor Sailing Center, Smith said, “that changes things.” The board voted to allow the Yacht Club to store its floats in the overflow parking area at the harbor this winter, on the condition that the floats are removed within two weeks of the first section of town dock going in the water next spring. At that time, the board will also review its policy on nonprofits using town property.

As a result of the conversation, Davis and Select Board member Betsy Bradley, who is involved in the Sailing Center, agreed to work together on a youth sailing program the Yacht Club would like to start.

The board again discussed selling certain tax-acquired property, and formally requested Smith to put four properties up for sale, including a 1-acre parcel on Harris Road, a half-acre parcel on Bangor Road, a half-acre parcel at Bangor Road and Church Street and a 4-acre parcel on Cape Jellison Road that has water frontage.

During the public comment period, Matt Bolduc of From Above, a nonprofit affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast, addressed the board for the second time about creating what he called a “trash ordinance.” As he had last July, Bolduc said his group is very involved in clearing junk and debris from the yards of people who could not otherwise afford to have it removed. From Above does not charge residents for the work, which is performed mostly by volunteers, in partnership with Pinkerton’s Disposal, which also donates its services.

Bolduc said having an ordinance on the books would help him persuade property owners who are reluctant to allow From Above in to clean up their lots. He offered to send Smith a model ordinance, which Smith said he would welcome, adding that he would pass it along to Code Enforcement Officer John Larsen, as well as the Select Board.

In other business, the board appointed Steve Clark and Shari Clark as alternates to the Harbor Committee and heard briefly about a Small Harbor Improvement Program grant the committee is planning to apply for from the Department of Transportation. Harbor Committee Chairman Mike Donohue told The Republican Journal Nov. 8 that funds would be used to put in a floating breakwater, replace the oldest town docks, and possibly add new docks and pilings. He explained that the floating breakwater, made up of sections of precast concrete with Styrofoam inside for buoyancy, would be a critical element to protect the new docks from excessive damage from large waves. He said Prock Marine is preparing an estimate for the project, and at least one other estimate will be sought before the project is brought to the Select Board. Because no estimates have been received yet, Donohue said he could not comment on what the project might cost.

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