Hope selectmen met May 11 and approved a paving bid, discussed speeding on Barnestown Road, and addressed improving deed filing for the Oak Grove Cemetery.

They also talked with Christopher Hardy, representing the Ordinance Review Committee, about committee work on amending the current shoreline zoning and land use ordinances. The Ordinance Review Committee is making progress on updating both ordinances, and the selectmen said May 11 that they hope amendments will encourage new business growth.

Selectmen accepted the paving bid that Marriner’s Paving of Rockport had submitted. Lee Andrews, general manager of Marriner’s, was at the meeting. The bid price per ton of D mix asphalt, which is used for road paving, was $70.

Barnestown Road resident Kristi Bagnall submitted a petition at the meeting that had been signed by neighbors advocating for a lower speed limit to be posted on the road. The speed limit in effect is now 40 mph.

Even though Barnestown is a commuting road, said Town Administrator Jon Duke, it has grown into a neighborhood where it connects with Hatchet Mountain Road. The process to reduce the speed limit is more involved than just a meeting with the selectmen, said Selectman Ray Sisk. The Maine Department of Transportation would have to deploy  engineers to assess the need for a reduced speed limit. Duke agreed to submit a letter to the DOT on behalf of Bagnall. The process can be a lengthy one, said Sisk.

In other business, the selectmen addressed the issue of establishing a better system for filing deeds for the Oak Grove Cemetery. This resulted after a plot was sold twice to different individuals. The lot was sold in 2001 and re-sold in 2004 and subsequently used. It was agreed to sell the original owner another plot for zero dollars.

The board also agreed to allow Janice Campbell to serve on the Cemetery Committee.

Absentee ballots for the June election are available at the town office.