LINCOLNVILLE — At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Lincolnville Select Board listened to a presentation from a regional economic development organization before setting harbor fees and several meeting dates.

Select Board members approved the annual town meeting dates for June 2023. Ballot voting will take place on Tuesday, June 13, with the open meeting occurring at the Town Office on June 15.

Select Board Chair Ladleah Dunn advocated for the inclusion of the separate open meeting.

“I like the open portion of town meeting,” Dunn said. “I like the discourse that comes up around the budget. People can ask questions.”

The Select Board will conduct its annual budget review process at the Town Office on Feb. 15 and 16.

Setting the date for an upcoming special town meeting proved a bit of a moving target.

Included in the special town meeting will be several projects outside the current budget.

The town is hoping to get voters to approve funding for plumbing and heating repairs and upgrades at the Town Office, repairing floats at Breezemere Park, resurfacing town-owned tennis courts at the Lincolnville Central School, and installing two electric vehicle charging stations at Lincolnville Beach.

Town Administrator David Kinney presented a draft proposal of the special town meeting warrant, noting that projected costs for several articles had not been finalized. Kinney was confident those missing costs would be added soon. Kinney also told the Select Board that the quotes attached to the tennis court resurfacing and EV charging stations were time-sensitive.

“We’d need to have the special town meeting by Jan. 17,” Kinney said. “I have to post the warrant seven days prior.”

Before Kinney can post the warrant, the draft must be completed with the projected costs of each article included. The final draft must also be approved by the Budget Committee and Select Board.

Kinney expressed confidence that all those steps would be taken in time to meet the Jan. 17 deadline. “It’s a team effort here.”

Once the final draft of the special town meeting warrant is approved, Kinney will sign it and post it. Kinney said he expects the special town meeting to occur sometime during the first half of January 2023.

The Select Board also approved the fee structure recommended by the Harbor Committee, including a $250 fee for non-inspection of moorings. Resident moorings, both commercial and non-commercial, were set at $147. Non-resident moorings, both commercial and non-commercial, are priced at $283.

Much of the Dec. 12 meeting was spent listening to a presentation by Midcoast Council of Governments Executive Director Matthew Eddy.

MCOG is an economic development organization that offers a host of services for businesses, towns, municipalities and counties. They are currently involved in projects from Brunswick to Ellsworth. Land use, planning, grant writing, cooperative purchasing, and consultation services are offered to MCOG members.

Knox and Sagadahoc counties have full memberships and Eddy is on a barnstorming tour of Waldo County towns and municipalities in the hope they will partner with MCOG. Eddy noted to the board that Lincolnville’s neighbors to the south are taking advantage of the memberships purchased by Knox County.

“We’re doing three projects in Camden, two in Rockport, and a major Community Development Block Grant survey in Rockland,” Eddy said. “We’re also working with the town of Thomaston on their Thomaston Green project.”

Eddy acknowledged that getting Waldo County to participate in MCOG membership has been more challenging, pointing to the different needs of communities along the coast from those inland communities in Waldo County. He remains hopeful.

“That’s what I’m doing here,” Eddy told the Select Board. “I’m visiting all of these communities to inform them of the range of services we provide.”

In other business, Kinney announced the Town Office would be closed on Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas. The next meeting of the Lincolnville Select Board will be Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m.