LINCOLNVILLE — The Select Board had a full agenda Feb. 28, hearing from two committees, a community organization and members of the public on a variety of issues.

Perhaps of most general concern was the discussion of gravel roads in the town, which brought several residents to the podium to address the board. First up was Vanessa Thoman, a resident of Calderwood Lane, who said she wanted to know when her road would be fixed. She spoke of how, whenever the weather warms, the road becomes so rutted and soft as to be virtually impassible to traffic. She said she was worried the road was unsafe for older residents living on the road and that emergency vehicles might not be able to get down it.

Asked if she wanted the road paved, she said she just wanted it to be stable.

Jay Foster of South Chester Dean Road noted that the region now gets not one, but multiple mud seasons every year. He added that roadbeds would need structural improvement before paving would be worthwhile.

Board members said there is money in the budget currently being developed for the next fiscal year for a survey and study of Calderwood Road, with a view to more permanent repairs than simply adding gravel. Chair Ladleah Dunn added, “The town has been trying to keep its good roads good.”

Public Facilities Director Dave Roundy said he has looked at some of the town’s 7.5 miles of gravel roads recently, noting that repeated addition of gravel just makes the road softer. Ditching is also important, he said, and is planned for Tanglewood and Chester Dean roads.

Noting that roadwork is expensive, Dunn stressed the importance of making a well thought-out plan first. “We’re going to try to get a real good start and go from there,” she said.

In a similar vein, the board also discussed the plan for a 6-foot-wide sidewalk along Main Street from Breezemere Park to the crosswalk between the Lincolnville Boat Club and the library. It was noted that money was  included in the current year’s budget for the sidewalk, but the various interested groups — including the boat club, the library and the organizers of the Veterans Park — have yet to agree on a design for the sidewalk.

Foster, who worked on the planning for the Veterans Park, asked the board to take into account the fact that future sidewalks might be built extending further down Main Street, and they should be of similar design and materials.

Town Manager Dave Kinney observed that the primary concern is for the safety of people, some of whom are children attending boat club programs, who currently walk in the street. While it would be nice to have all the sidewalks in Lincolnville Center have a consistent design and appearance, some would be publicly owned, some privately owned, he said, which would make having an overarching plan difficult.

He suggested that it would be better to go ahead with a plan for this sidewalk now, rather than “wait for a grander vision.”

Board member Jordan Barnett-Parker said he wanted the crosswalk between the boat club and library to be brought up to Department of Transportation requirements.

The board approved a motion asking town staff to prepare a preliminary sidewalk plan and directing board member Mike Ray to convene a meeting of stakeholders to see if they could reach agreement about how to proceed. Ray will then report to the board.

Shane Laprade of the Harbor Committee reported on several harbor-related matters. He said the town’s Harbor Ordinance requires that moorings must be labeled, and the committee is working with mooring owners on compliance. The ordinance also requires an annual inspection for moorings, and some owners have not complied with that requirement, he said.

The committee would like to impose a one-time late fee of $250 for owners who neglect the inspection requirement, and if the fee is not paid promptly and the mooring inspected, the mooring would be forfeit.

Laprade also talked about how winter weather damages the town’s incline ramps at the harbor. He said the committee would like to investigate and engineer an option to add another boom and valve to the existing winch in order to hoist the ramp before anticipated heavy weather.

Lastly, he said the committee wanted to set a limit of five bait boxes per harbor user, because there are more people who want bait box space than there are available boxes. Kinney said to establish a limit on the number of bait boxes allowed per user the Harbor Ordinance would have to be amended by voters. The same would be true of requiring mooring owners to forfeit their moorings if they fail to have them inspected in a timely way.

Dunn suggested the board call for a workshop with the Harbor Committee to discuss the use of space on the town pier and the other issues brought forth by Laprade. The board agreed; however, no date was discussed.

The board also heard from Doug Grant of the Recreation Committee, who said the wooden wall known as the “green monster” at the town baseball field needs repair and the committee has approached local businesses about donating materials toward the work. In fact, he said, one business offered to contribute all the needed materials — worth about $2,200 — in exchange for a 2-foot-by-4-foot sign on the wall acknowledging the donation.

Grant asked the board to approve the sign, which it did. He also said the committee wants to be able to sell banner space on the ballfield fence to raise money for the upkeep of the field.

Board member Keryn Laite recalled that there was a previous policy allowing the selling of advertising on the fence, and said he thought it was a good idea. With the board’s encouragement, Grant said the committee would develop a policy for the fence ads to present to the board.

The board also heard from Waldo County Woodshed representative Bob MacGregor, whom it had requested to come to the meeting to talk about security at the nonprofit’s location in town. The town allows the group to use space at its salt and sand lot to store its wood, and recently some people have taken wood without arranging a pickup first. Ray asked if the group would mind the town’s putting “some type of security system” around the wood, and MacGregor said no. He said the group has recently posted signs warning people not to take wood without calling to arrange a pickup first and has added cameras.

MacGregor added that he was not too concerned about security at the site, but that if the town wanted to do more than the group had already done, it was OK with him.

Dunn mentioned that the town’s agreement with the Woodshed was due for renewal, and Kinney said he would update it and send it to MacGregor.

In other business, the board accepted with regret the resignation of Scott Harrison from the Planning Board, because Harrison has moved out of town.

Kinney announced that nomination papers for the town’s June 14 election will be available as of March 7 and must be returned to the Town Office by April 15. Up for election will be one three-year Select Board seat, five seats on the Budget Committee with three three-year seats, one for a two-year term and one for a one-year term, one three-year seat on the Five Town CSD board and one three-year seat on the Lincolnville School Board.

The next meeting will be March 14 at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.

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