LINCOLNVILLE — At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Lincolnville Select Board discussed and approved a proposal by the Midcoast Council of Governments aimed at helping the town comply with state land use and housing requirements.

The MCOG proposal came a month after MCOG Executive Director Mathew Eddy made a presentation to the Select Board, encouraging the board to become a full member of the organization.

The Jan. 10 proposal was for specific consulting services for non-member communities. Under terms of the agreement, MCOG would provide services designed to bring the town’s zoning ordinances into compliance with Maine’s land use regulations. The contract specifies that MCOG will perform ordinance review, ordinance drafts, committee review and final ordinance draft services in the amount of $832.

“This is a trial run in the relationship with (MCOG),” said Select Board Chair Ladleah Dunn. “If we are to consider entering into a membership with this group, this is a really excellent opportunity for us to see if they can deliver on what we’re asking them to do.”

The board gave unanimous approval to the MCOG proposal.

The Select Board also authorized Town Administrator David Kinney to seek proposals for road maintenance for the next five years. The winter road maintenance contract expires this year. This led to a brief discussion about dangerous road conditions and how to report them to the contractor responsible for road maintenance.

“If you see a dangerous condition or situation,” Kinney said, “you should report it to the Waldo County Dispatch Center at 338-2040. They will be able to get in touch with the contractor (providing road maintenance).”

During public participation, the Select Board heard from Lincolnville Heart & Soul representative Cindy Dunham. Dunham announced the Heart and Soul initiative would be rolled out on Sunday, Feb. 5 at the Lincolnville Central School from 1 to 3 p.m. Dunham was at the meeting to request that a member of the Select Board serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

Lincolnville Heart & Soul is a subcommittee of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee. That committee has partnered with Community Heart & Soul, a national organization, to engage a wide cross section of the community in gathering information for the upcoming Comprehensive Plan.

“The goals for that day are to create awareness and let people know a little bit more about the project,” Dunham told the board. “It will also deepen (the Heart & Soul Committee’s) understanding of who lives in our community and broaden the number of voices.”

Heart & Soul uses events as a mechanism for community engagement and as a means of gathering data from residents for the upcoming Comprehensive Plan.

“We’re going to have some interactive activities,” Dunham said about the Feb. 5 rollout. “These will help answer two questions, what to you appreciate about Lincolnville and what do you wish for the future. We’re going to have food, child care and even transportation for those who might not be able to make it on their own.”

The Lincolnville Heart & Soul rollout will take place in the Lincolnville Central School cafeteria.

In his administrator’s report, Kinney reminded residents that dog licenses expired Dec. 31 and that the grace period for licensing ends on Jan. 31.

Kinney also reminded residents of the special town meeting on Jan. 12 at the Town Office. The special town meeting was called to ask residents for funds that are outside of the current budget for repairs to town mechanical systems and to floats at Breezemere Park, and to resurface the town tennis courts located at LCS.

In other business, the Select Board approved a liquor license for the Lincolnville General Store.

The next regular meeting of the Select Board will be Jan. 23 at the Town Office.