Lincolnville selectmen gathered with the community April 12 to ceremoniously break ground at the site of the new Lincolnville Fire Station.

The 5:30 p.m. groundbreaking took place on Route 52, near the intersection of Route 173, where the new fire station will be constructed. The selectmen then moved to Lincolnville Central School for a 6 p.m. start to their regularly scheduled meeting.

On April 12, the selectmen signed a $745,727 fire station construction contract with Catalano’s Construction of Thomaston. The fire station project is funded almost entirely through a bequest made years ago to the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department.

In other business, the selectmen:

  • Considered an updated charge for the Municipal Buildings Committee to revisit the future of the Lincolnville Town Office.
  • Reviewed a letter sent by the Lincolnville Conservation Commission to Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Director Will Harris concerning trail work at Camden Hills State Park. The letter requests an onsite meeting of stakeholders. Residents are concerned about recent trail work on Cameron Mountain at the state park and through an old abandoned settlement. The project is to include rebuilding the Zeke’s Lookout Trail. The selectmen agreed that the commission should pursue scheduling a meeting with the park agency.
  • Reviewed proposed land use ordinance amendments that include new language governing change of use for facilities, building permit exemptions, and additional areas to be included in the resource protection district. The Land Use Committee was to hold a public information meeting on the change of use for facilities on Wednesday, April 14.
  • Considered the need for a cemetery ordinance and reviewed the role of a sexton. The selectmen will hold a workshop on the matter; a date has yet to be scheduled.
  • Discussed the sale of town owned properties for possible inclusion of three of them on the town’s warrant this June. The properties lie on Greenacre, Hope and Sand Hill roads.
  • Renewed a liquor license for the Inn at Sunrise Point LLC.
  • Appointed Paul Crowley to the Land Use Committee. The committee currently has an alternate position vacancy through June 2010, which Crowley will fill.
  • Decided to demolish a structure at 276 Greenacre Road, which is tax-acquired property. The building had been offered to the Lincolnville Fire Department for a training exercise. According to Town Administrator David Kinney, the fire chief had considered it might be useful for training; however, its proximity to neighbors and the condition of the structure dictated otherwise. Kinney is recommending the building be demolished and the job be put out for bid.
  • Convened as the Board of Assessors and denied a property tax abatement for Ducktrap Properties LLC. Because the application for the abatement was received after the deadline of March 3, the assessors’ agent is recommending denial of the request.