LINCOLNVILLE — In a meeting that was brief and generally conflict-free, discussion of the town meeting warrant generated the most notable discussion April 11.

The ostensible matter for discussion under the agenda item regarding the warrant was the nonbinding question asking if residents want to implement term limits for Select Board members. Town attorney Sally Daggett had advised the board in a letter to withdraw the question from the warrant because, she said, nonbinding articles “don’t provide real answers to the issue presented and … it can be a slippery slope. …” Still, most board members said they wanted to give townspeople the chance to weigh in on the question of term limits, and the board ultimately approved the warrant with the nonbinding question included.

Board members Jordan Barnett-Parker and Josh Gerritsen both expressed concern about another warrant article that proposes using the $117,550 in American Rescue Plan Act funds “for replacement of lost public sector revenue in order to provide eligible government services.” Although the Select Board had voted to recommend passage of the article, Gerritsen said he was uncomfortable with using the money to do what he regarded as basically reducing taxes, rather than spending this one-time grant for a one-time expense. Barnett-Parker felt similarly. Vice Chair Keryn Laite disagreed, saying the article would direct the funds to their intended purpose. Board Chair Ladleah Dunn said she felt the board had put together a good, transparent budget that the voters would be able to understand and could make their decision about. After some more discussion, Gerritsen came around, saying he would argue for a different use of the second portion of ARPA money, but would support using this first allocation to replace lost revenue.

Town Administrator Dave Kinney and Select Board member Mike Ray spoke briefly about Maine Department of Transportation’s Community Planning Initiatives, having each attended an online presentation about the programs. Kinney said it appears the newly created Village Planning Initiative could be suitable for the town, especially Lincolnville Center. He said DOT intends for it to be an ongoing program to make village centers walkable, bicycle-friendly and business-friendly and provide traffic calming, improved pedestrian facilities and ADA-compliance.

The program allocates $5 million in matching funds, which will be combined, Ray said, with federal funds and will also require a 10% municipal match.

The board directed Kinney to invite DOT regional representative Stephen Cole to a future meeting to explain the program.

In other business, the board approved Cellar Door Winery’s application to renew its liquor license, appointed a total of 49 election clerks for a term of two years, and accepted with regret Dorothy Lanphear’s resignation from the Recreation Committee.

Kinney reminded those present that nomination papers for the June 14 town election are due by the end of the day April 15. So far, Jordan Barnet-Parker and Stephen Hand have returned papers for the three-year term on the Select Board. Robin Tarantino and Emily Flaherty have taken out papers for the Budget Committee, but neither had returned them as of April 11.

It also met in Executive Session to discuss the possible disposition of real estate. Kinney told The Republican Journal no action was taken relative to the Executive Session.

The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Town Office.

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