Town forms committee to draft proposal for new veterans' memorial
Lincolnville — The Board of Selectmen gave their support to a proposal for a new veterans' memorial on land owned by the town Monday, June 2.
Selectman Rosey Gerry, who is also on the Memorial Day Parade Committee, spoke to the Board for the second time about the proposal, which includes moving the existing honor roll memorials on Main Street to a site next to the library on the former Millington property. He reiterated that the memorial would not cost the town any money, as funds for it will be raised privately.
In support of the idea, the Board established a Veterans' Memorial Committee to develop a formal proposal. Because he had presented the proposal, Gerry abstained from the vote to set up the committee. The new committee will have members from a variety of stakeholder groups, including the Conservation Commission, Recreation Commission, the boat club, library, historical society, Board of Selectmen and Memorial Day Parade Committee.
In other business, Town Administrator David Kinney reported he had received an estimate of $34,000 for appraisal of homes on roads the Board has proposed to discontinue. Since this exceeded the $20,000 the Board had available for this purpose, selectmen decided to take no action until after the town meeting June 12, where money for this purpose could be appropriated for the next fiscal year.
In his report, Kinney noted it was the last meeting for Selectmen Julia Libby and Dave Barrows, whose terms are expiring, and thanked them for their service. He also announced that absentee ballots are available at the Town Office for the June 10 election.
The Board also heard from Paul Lippman of the Lincolnville Sewer District, who said the district was interested in property bordering Route 1 opposite Ducktrap Road that is leased by the town from the state for a “weeping bed” or leach field. He said the district expected to receive a $35,000 grant soon for a preliminary environmental study on its proposed wastewater treatment facility. Selectmen voted to authorize the district to explore using the town-leased land for a leach field. Kinney said in order to actually use the land the district would have to approach the state about acquiring it.
The Board's next meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, June 23.
Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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