Town meeting 2014

Grant funds hinge on whether voters will open Saturday Cove to public

Hearing on proposed ordinance changes set for May 22
By Tanya Mitchell | May 10, 2014
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Northport — Voters at Northport's annual town meeting, set for Monday night, June 2, will decide whether to open Saturday Cove to the general public or lose out on federal funds the town needs to make improvements to the piers, floats and shoreline.

Town Administrator Barbara Ashey said an affirmative vote on the article, which will ask if voters would approve making Saturday Cove a public area, will make it possible for the town to accept funds from a Small Harbor Improvement Program grant. Ashey said the grant, which does require the town to provide matching funds, would be used to stabilize the shoreline at the cove where there has been some issues with erosion in recent years, as well as improvements to the existing pier and floats.

Ashey said Saturday Cove has traditionally been open to Northport residents, but not to the general public.

"These are federal funds, so it has to be open to the public," said Ashey.

If residents vote in favor of the article, Ashey said the town can proceed with securing the grant, and the very next article would seek approval of proposed revisions in the Harbor Ordinance that would bring the language up to date and better reflect the way the town operates with respect to the harbor.

"It hinges on what the people in town want to do," she said.

Residents will also be asked to approve proposed changes to the Site Plan Review Ordinance, which Ashey said represented relatively minor changes that clarify the existing language, as well as changes to the town's Dog Control Ordinance, which will address "continuously barking dogs."

"That's been a problem in Northport," said Ashey.

Town Clerk Jeanine Tucker said the municipal elections will be Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Office.

Tucker said incumbent Selectman Denise Lindahl is running for re-election as a write-in candidate, and that as of Wednesday, April 30, Lindahl was running unopposed.

The town has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed ordinance changes Thursday, May 22. The hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Drinkwater School. The town meeting will take place Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m., also at the school.


Comments (2)
Posted by: Amy Bowen | May 12, 2014 13:26

If it was a better dock other boater could use it dummy.If the fed want to pay for it why not???Rec boats have no where to go down there . Let the feds fix it for us we pay taxes too.  Lets get some of it back!

Posted by: wellington dunbar | May 11, 2014 20:29

Why the need for federal funding? Does the cost of "improvements" require additional money? Currently, three lobstermen utilize the accommodations provided by the taxpayers of Northport for their commercial enterprises in the cove. If you were to go down as a taxpayer for other purposes you would encounter traps, fish entrails and an attitude. Can Northport find the means to solve the issues in the Cove without the handout?

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