Board sends fireworks ordinance to voters
Lincolnville — Selectmen approved adding a consumer fireworks ordinance to the June town meeting warrant Monday, Feb. 10.
The draft ordinance was presented by Don Heald, chairman of the Consumer Fireworks Ordinance Committee, at the Jan. 27 meeting. At that time, the Board asked Town Administrator David Kinney to look into the suitability of the penalties prescribed in the ordinance, and also how it could be enforced.
Kinney reported Monday that Waldo County Sheriff Scott Storey was not interested in entering into a contract with the town to enforce the fireworks ordinance. The Board could charge a current town official to enforce it -- for example, the inland harbor master -- or it could appoint a constable.
In discussion, Selectman Rosey Gerry said the lake and pond associations were working with their members to put a ban on the use of fireworks in their rental contracts.
“I think a lot of the problem is rentals,” he said.
Because of questions about enforcement, Gerry opposed putting the ordinance before the voters. The motion to add it to the town meeting warrant passed by a vote of 4 to 1.
In other business, Kinney asked the Board authorize Code Enforcement Officer Frank Therio to pursue legal action if necessary against Jared Cook and Dawn Douglas, residents of Heal Road, who have been notified to remove unregistered vehicles from their property. As of early December, the pair had six unregistered vehicles, Kinney said; two have since been removed. They have repeatedly promised to remove at least two more – two unregistered vehicles are permitted under local ordinance – but so far have not done so, he said.
Selectmen approved giving Therio the necessary authority by a vote of 4 to 1, with Gerry opposed.
The Board also heard several reports, including one from Jim Dunham of the Lincolnville Community Alliance. He said tap water at the new library has passed a potability test, and he asked for guidance on future testing. Dunham said the Maine Department of Environmental Protection had asked for quarterly water tests, at a cost of $700 per test. Since the Alliance is a nonprofit, the cost could become unmanageable, he said.
Dunham also reported that the Alliance is looking into having a crosswalk put in across Route 52 between the library and the Lincolnville Boat Club, as well as a streetlight outside the library that would illuminate the parking lots of both organizations. The Alliance has talked with a representative of the state Department of Transportation about both items, Dunham said. It has also talked to DOT about putting up four signs in various locations on Route 52 and Route 235 saying “Entering Lincolnville Center.” The signs, which would be modeled on the ones welcoming people to Ducktrap Village, would be paid for by the Alliance, and would be meant to encourage drivers to slow down, he said.
Paul Lippman, a trustee of the quasi-municipal Lincolnville Sewer District, also came before the Board. He explained that the district must raise $35,000 for a preliminary engineering study, and plans to seek $7,850 of that amount in the form of a grant from the Maine Community Foundation. However, since the foundation prefers to make grants to municipalities rather than quasi-municipal entities, he was asking the town to apply for the grant and pass the money on to the district. Selectmen approved authorizing Kinney to apply for the grant.
Leslie Devoe of the Recreation Committee said her committee wants to clear a skating area on Norton Pond using volunteers for the clearing. She said the committee also would like to improve the drainage in the ditch between the small baseball field and the soccer field at Lincolnville Central School and wants to remove weeds from the swimming area at Norton Pond. She was not sure whether DEP approval was required for the latter. Devoe also mentioned that the committee had proposed starting a seniors softball team, and the idea had received some initial enthusiasm from residents. She did not ask selectmen to take any action.
Finally, the Board approved, and authorized Chairman Ladleah Dunn to sign, the necessary paperwork with DOT for the Small Harbor Improvement Program grant the town received recently to pay for repairs to the wave screen at Lincolnville Beach.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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