Selectmen raise harbor fees, approve grant applicationTown meeting date set
Lincolnville — Selectmen agreed to apply for a state matching grant to fund harbor improvements and raised harbor fees by 10 percent for 2014 when they met Monday, Dec. 9.
The Board directed Town Administrator David Kinney to apply for a Small Harbor Improvement Grant from the Maine Department of Transportation to replace two of the three sections of the wooden wave screen in the harbor at Lincolnville Beach, Kinney said. The outermost screen was replaced in 2010. The wave screen, Kinney explained, acts like a breakwater, calming the water in the harbor. The grant would pay up to half the $212,000 cost of the project, he said.
The town's share of the money would come from the Public Works and/or the Harbor Savings Account, Kinney said.
Harbormaster Mike Hutchings recommended raising only the mooring fees by 10 percent, but, in the interest of fairness, selectmen decided to raise harbor fees by 10 percent across the board, Kinney said.
In other business, the Board approved spending about $200 a year for a streetlight at the corner of Youngtown and Beach roads to make the intersection safer, Kinney said.
And, at the recommendation of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, selectmen agreed to have Maine Valuation Co. appraise the Sprague-Hastings Lot and the Thomas Lot, both of which border the Ducktrap River. At the last town meeting, residents voted to sell the two lots to MDIFW for conservation purposes.
Finally, the Board set the 2014 town meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12.
Sarah E. Reynolds is a reporter for the Camden Herald.
Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, hike and play word games.
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