Letters, Oct. 3, 2019

Oct 03, 2019

Vote Fuller

I am writing because I feel strongly about Ridgely Fuller’s bid for Belfast City Council.

I’ve been riding with her while she’s been out knocking on doors around town, meeting folks and listening. This gal, who has who has spent her life working in community social services, shares with me her impressions as she takes notes once back in the car. She is hearing important messages from folks who feel their issues are not always being heard.

Ridgely loves Belfast — the mix of people, the friendliness, the level of volunteerism, and the arts and culture here. What makes her stand out is her deep, caring commitment and desire to represent all voices on the City Council, her willingness to collaborate, and her determination to find real solutions for people whose concerns are not being addressed.

To do this, Ridgely has put forth a platform based on building collaboration between people and city government that is meaningful and productive. For example, she sees the need to address the unaffordability — for many — of food, housing, and reliable internet. She sees the need to address the imbalance of high taxes and real, everyday services.

Ridgely’s lifelong work in social justice and environmental causes means that finding solutions to income inequality and the climate crisis are high on her list. To her that means expanding the local economy to include and benefit all the people who live here — out of town as well as downtown. It means Belfast transitioning to energy independence by 2030 in a way that addresses economic as well as environmental concerns.

I urge all to vote for Ridgely for City Council (Ward 3) for an inclusive and environmentally sustainable Belfast.

Alison Gilchrist

Belfast

All about the money

In a recent news item in the Bangor Daily News about a lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace in defense of the ownership of their property being threatened by Nordic Aquafarms, it was claimed by the opposing attorney that the lawsuit was "All about the money." In support of Jeffrey Mabee and Judith Grace I would reply as follows:

Yes! It is about the money! And every landowner in Maine should take an immediate and intense interest in this important lawsuit, for the underlying issue is whether a large business entity (Nordic Aquafarms Inc.) can bully its way across land that has a covenant against commercial development, property it does not own and an established conservation area to boot. Every valid deed and survey attest to the covenant, the ownership and the existence of the conservation area.

Furthermore, the consequences of the usurpation of what Dr. Harriet L. Hartley intended and the ownership of the intertidal zone ("mudflat") by Mabee and Grace include: First, the construction of a discharge pipe from Nordic resulting in a constant 100-million-gallon plume of warm effluent in 35 feet of water (mean low tide) just off the intertidal zone that threatens the ecology and economic value of the northeastern part of Penobscot Bay.

Second, the five years of noise, dust and heavy truck traffic for the expected deep excavation followed by intensive construction of 25 acres of concrete structures will lead to a substantial reduction in the value of not only the Mabee/Grace property but of all the other local properties and potentially Bayside Village and Islesboro. (This has already begun to occur.) Every property owner in the state should be concerned and should come to the aid of Mabee and Grace.

Sidney R. Block, President

The Friends of The Dr. Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area

Scholarship raffle

The local Waldo County Retired Teachers' Association (WCEA-R) is currently holding a basket raffle for the purpose of raising funds for our scholarship efforts. Each year the group tries to give scholarships to several deserving students from high schools in Waldo County.

We are most appreciative of all the businesses in the Belfast area that have donated generously to out gift certificate baskets. The two hand-crafted baskets contain a few gifts from local businesses and many gift certificates. The following businesses have kindly made this raffle possible:

Colburn Shoe Store, Rollie's, Delvino's, Nautilus, Darby's, The Good Table, Hannaford, Fiddleheads, Out on a Whimsey, Heavenly Yarns, MM Julz, Home Supply, Mainely Pottery, Renys, Bell the Cat, Lucky Skidgell Lobster, Eat More Cheese, Coyote Moon, Dianne Horton painting, Nancy Sticht photograph, Vinolio, Waldo County YMCA and Marnee's Salon.

We will be selling tickets for the raffle at the following times and locations: Friday, Oct. 4, at Fraternity Village Store in Searsmont from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5, at Fling into Fall craft and car show at the Searsport schools parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 11, at The Belfast Co-op from 3 to 6 p.m. and the same day at Renys from 9 a.m. to noon; and Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bell the Cat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Without the support of our business community we would not have such plentiful baskets to raffle. Many thanks to the generosity of these Belfast businesses.

Constance McCarthy

President, WCEA-R

USE ONLY IF WE HAVE SPACE:

Stay tuned

There is a civil action seeking several categories of relief, among them relief to declare that the waterside boundary of the defendant Eckrotes' lot is “along (the) high water mark of Penobscot Bay.” All deeds in the Eckrote chain of title that were reviewed by the Eckrotes’ surveyor, Good Deeds, including the deed that created the original parcel in 1946 and the survey by Good Deeds in 2012, show this is the true boundary line. All other involved expert surveyors agree with this, including Nordic's surveyors.

There also is a covenant that outlines "no business for profit, residential use only" — just like a condominium deed, the “rights” that Fred Poor received when this parcel was created were limited to residential only, with no factories or pieces of factories allowed, ever. This is real court, real property law — not the "sufficient," good enough, colored-titles, Gerry-Reid-and-Lauren-Parker-type of administrative law with a little L that doesn’t care about the details of real law and other peoples' rights but only Nordic's factory rights-to-apply-for-permits kind of “rights.”

Nordic's 7.2 acres of “partial rights” are in the tidal flats that the Eckrotes don’t own. Again, sufficient and good enough got us here — thanks to Reid, lawyer for the state of Maine, former assistant AG and now commissioner of the DEP.

First, remember the “release deeds?" Yes, those with blanked-out names and addresses, no certification and not registered deeds. Followed by the famous “We have a genealogist" statement by William Kelly to the Belfast Planning Board.

The Maine DEP, Kelly, the Planning Board, the people who actually have the registered and surveyed ownership of this 7.2 acres, the holders of the conservation easement and their attorneys, the public, the Waldo County Registrar of Deeds, Nordic's surveyor James Dorsky and the Waldo County Sheriff have not seen these so-called release deeds with names and identifying addresses intact. Perhaps even Erik Heim has not seen these deeds with names intact.

The judge will want to see these registered, certified copies, as all lawful property transfers must be, as all evidence before a court of law must be — not “sufficient," good enough, colored.

The federal lawsuit filed against the Eckrotes, according to the the Eckrotes' attorney, is a dirty trick, mean and unfair, just about “the money.” If so, then just what is the “wet sand letter” signed by the Eckrotes and Heim that releases to Nordic imagined rights to property the Eckrotes don’t own?

Stay tuned for chapter two — much, much more about the life and death and probate law of the Philadelphia Hargrave family than Nordic, the city, the public and the press would ever want to know.

Paul Bernacki, Vice President

The Friends of The Dr. Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area

 

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