UPDATE: Phish co-founder, filmmaker elected in Lincolnville

By Susan Mustapich | Jun 14, 2017

LINCOLNVILLE — Jonathan Fishman, co-founder of the band Phish, and Josh Gerritsen, a filmmaker, won two seats on the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen in a contested race.

Voters also approved the creation of a new fund for wastewater treatment and changes to harbor ordinances.

Fishman received 356 votes and Gerritsen received 370 votes, securing the three-year positions on the board. Sandy Delano received 227 votes.

Fishman is the drummer for the band Phish and owner of the soon-to-be open Lincolnville General Store with his wife Briar. Gerritsen is a filmmaker, and this is his second run for the Lincolnville board. The two new selectmen also are owners of small, working farms in Lincolnville.

In a recent interview, Fishman talked about why he ran for a position on the local, nonpartisan town board and lessons he has learned during 30 years with Phish that apply to working together with other board members.

His decision to run for local office came out of an awakening of civic responsibility and duty while working on the Bernie Sanders campaign, and Sanders' call for his supporters to become involved in their communities, schools and local government. When as co-founder of the rock band Phish, Fishman was asked to speak at the Maine Democratic Convention as a surrogate for Sanders, he learned “that to stand up for one's beliefs, to speak up for what you believe in and to understand what you believe enough to be able to articulate it effectively,” is the “entry level for political and community involvement.”

During his years with Phish, he has learned much from being part of a team that could apply to working with a select board.

"Being in Phish is the big listening lesson. Being a musician in the same band for 30 years, it's been about learning to listen. The whole thing depends on everybody having wide open ears," Fishman said.

He added, "I have a lot of experience trying to make the whole a lot more than its parts. In Phish, my job is to cater to the music and with the four of us hopefully we make better music. The goal is the same with boards, charged with being responsible for things in the community. Hopefully as a group they come up with better decisions then would be made individually."

Gerritsen is a filmmaker, with a passion for recycling and reusing trash, and improving waste disposal efficiency and environmental impacts.

As a filmmaker living on a farm in a rural area, his work is made possible by fiber optic service through the local internet provider. He supports an effort to foster a better environment in Lincolnville to bring more young people to the town and support small businesses. To meet these goals, there is a need to expand high speed internet across the town and find ways to make it more affordable, he said.

“Being able to make a feature film in Lincolnville was made possible by this service. If it was more affordable and spread out more widely, that will allow more businesses to operate.”

Gerritsen's run for Board of Selectmen came out of a year-long quest to assist the Mid-Coast Solid Waste Corporation member towns of Camden, Rockport, Hope and Lincolnville with choosing a new processor for waste disposal. He researched options, attended and presented before MCSW board meetings and Lincolnville's 2016 town meeting. While Gerritsen did not convince the majority of Lincolnville voters to try a new technology and a yet-to-be built solid waste processing plant called Fiberight, he did not give up. He was recently appointed a member of Mid-Coast Waste Watch, a citizen group appointed to advise the MCSW board. As Lincolnville selectman he is interested in representing the town on the board.

"The operating budget of the transfer station is over $2 million, which is close to the Lincolnville town budget,” he said. “Trash is not a sexy issue, most people don't care about it, but it's so important that its handled responsibly and by people who are well informed."

Wastewater fund, school board and budget, harbor

Voters approved raising $25,000 for a new Wastewater Capital Reserve Account by a vote of 414 to 132.

Jill Feeney and Rebecca Stephens were elected to two open three-year positions on the Lincolnville Central School Board. Feeney received 269 votes, Stephens received 293 votes and incumbent Michael Johnson received 252 votes.

Voters approved a $3.15 million Lincolnville Central School budget, by a vote of 459 to 82.

Garry Schwall was elected to a three-year term on the Budget Committee.

Changes to Linconville's harbor ordinances were approved 459 to 82. The changes include giving the Board of Selectmen authority over annual plans for usage of the town's fish pier and floats, and for repair, maintenance and improvements to the fish pier, floats, boat launch ramp and other facilities; giving the town administrator supervisory authority over the harbormaster and deputy harbormaster in regard to repair, maintenance and improvement of town-owned facilities in the harbor, and decision-making over their mooring site applications and locations; and hiring a qualified inspector to inspect moorings annually. The full text of the amendments are available at the Town Office.

Voters approved raising $25,000 for a new Wastewater Capital Reserve Account by a vote of 414 to 132. The fund came about when the trustees of the new Lincolnville Sewer District asked the Board of Selectmen for around $19,000 annually to help with repayment of a 40-year bond on a new $3.3 million wastewater treatment plant to be constructed at Lincolnville Beach. The Board of Selectmen decided to create the Wastewater Capital Reserve Account, and seed it with more than the amount asked for by the trustees. The trustees may request funds annually, to be approved by the Board of Selectmen. Funds over and above what is approved for the Sewer District can be used to seed the reserve for future water quality and treatment projects in other areas of Lincolnville.

The results received at press time from the Lincolnville town office were unofficial, according to Town Clerk and Town Administrator David Kinney.

Comments (4)
Posted by: from the kitchen | Jun 15, 2017 04:43

So the Gutsache gave up Hope?



Posted by: Kim Lincoln |

Hi guys! Hope was the first one we posted about last night but because we posted so many Election stories, it has gone off the front page already. Here's the link. http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/pelletier-smith-elected-to-hope-board-of-selectmen/1660788?cid=159476

Thanks! Kim Lincoln-The Camden Herald editor.



Posted by: Cynthia S. DellaPenna |

I agree with Sarah Smith; I am a faithful subscriber from the town of Hope and would appreciate better coverage.

 



Posted by: Paul Smith |

A little sad.  Village Soup has covered the local election and results in Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Lincolnville, Thomaston, Waldoboro....but not Hope.  I realize Hope is a very small town but we are definitely in Knox County which I believe is within the "Knox" area covered by the Camden Herald unless the county lines have somehow changed overnight.  Yes, the Selectman seats were uncontested--two vacancies, two votes--but it would be nice if the local paper acknowledged that we exist.   Even on the Watchdog list you didn't list the voting (yesterday) or Town Meeting (tomorrow, Thursday June 15) in the news. At least PenBay Pilot had the results.   Sarah Smith.



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Susan Mustapich is assistant editor of The Camden Herald. She has lived in Knox County since 1995 and worked as a reporter at both The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette in the past, covering Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, Appleton, SAD28/Five Town CSD, Knox County government and the courts . She returned to the Herald in March 2016.

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