Lincolnville names fireworks committee, revisits cemetery access
Lincolnville — The Board of Selectmen appointed five people to a newly created Consumer Fireworks Committee at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The committee was formed as a result of numerous complaints over the summer by permanent and seasonal residents concerning the indiscriminate use of fireworks.
The five are Fire Chief Ben Hazen, Whitney Oppersdorff representing the Lakes and Ponds Committee, Scott Crockett representing the Land Use Committee, and Karen Good and Donny Heald as residents of the town.
The board also appointed Shey Conover to the Harbor Committee, Betty Johnson to the Wage and Personnel Policy Board and Karen Good to the Lakes and Ponds Committee, and accepted the resignation of William Briggs from the Board of Appeals.
In other business, the board heard from Cecil Dennison, chairman of the Cemetery Trustees regarding access to Kendall Cemetery off North Cobbtown Road.
The cemetery, no longer used, is what is known as an "ancient burying ground," meaning it was established prior to 1880. It is surrounded by private property owned by David Pattullo, who has denied the town access to maintain the cemetery. Dennison noted the board had discussed the access problem before.
Because of recent changes in state law placing new responsibilities on the town for the cemetery's maintenance, the board requested Town Administrator David Kinney to send a letter to Pattullo, making him aware of the new requirements, and stating the town's willingness to resume responsibility for caring for the cemetery. Pattullo is now maintaining it himself, Kinney said.
The board approved the warrant for a special town meeting to consider a supplemental school budget, which has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at the school. It had been originally scheduled for Oct. 15, but was not publicized in time.
Kinney reported that dog licenses for 2014 are now available online or at the town office, and a late fee will be imposed after Jan. 31, 2014. Absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election may also be obtained at the town office.
He also announced property taxes can now be paid online via InforME.gov. A fee of 2.5 percent will be assessed for credit card payments.
Finally, the board considered how to dispose of surplus town property from the former police department, as well as items no longer needed by the town office.
Kinney was directed to approach local gun dealer Donny Heald to get estimates on firearms formerly owned by the police department. He and Selectman Jason Trundy, a lieutenant with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, were authorized to review other police equipment and decide how to dispose of it.
Kinney was also requested to talk to local auction houses about selling the remaining items no longer needed by the town.
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Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
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