Waldoboro selectmen voted Feb. 9 to award the management plan contract for the town-owned Quarry Hill property to Mid Maine Forestry, contingent on funding for the project. The vote by Selectmen Rebecca Maxwell, Theodore Wooster and Robert Butler was unanimous.

 

Local forester Barrie Brusilla and ecologist Janet McMahon will inventory the 320-acre property off Depot Street. They will note the type and number of trees, identify natural communities and important wildlife habitat, and look for rare and unique natural features.

 

Using the inventory, the consultants along with the town, residents, the Conservation Commission and the Medomak Valley Land Trust can determine how best to use the property and steward its natural resources. Possible uses include forestry, agriculture, hunting and recreation. People already use the property for swimming, snowmobiling, hunting, hiking and harvesting blueberries, and youths fish in the quarry. The town owns the land and the land trust holds an easement on the property.

 

Mid Maine Forestry bid $9,800 for the management plan contract, and the town is looking for grants to pay for the project. In their vote, the selectmen endorsed a grant application through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. The Conservation Commission is pursuing the grant, and commission Chairman Edward Fisher attended the Board of Selectmen meeting. The town also plans to submit a grant through the state’s Project Canopy in the summer when funds become available again.

 

In other business

 

Town Manager William Post announced that the town has for sale compost bins, rain barrels and kitchen scrap buckets. The compost bin has a 10-year warranty and is approximately 35 inches high and 33 inches wide. It costs $38.50. The 55-gallon rain barrel costs $55. The kitchen waste pails cost $8. The products are available through the Maine Resource Recovery Association. To purchase one, visit the Waldoboro Town Office or contact Mike Ducharme at admin@waldoboromaine.org or 832-5369.

 

Post said he expects to soon have a recommendation for a consultant for the Community Visioning Project, which will include a town-wide gathering as well as neighborhood meetings. The visioning project will ask Waldoboro residents what they want their town to look like in the year 2030.

 

“It’s a big question, and a large number of stakeholders,” Post said.