The Camden Select Board will discuss two requests regarding the town-owned former Apollo Tannery property when it meets Tuesday, May 17.

Leonard Lookner has asked that the board place a citizen referendum before voters to take the property off the market and restrict its uses to community and municipal functions only. The request is a first step to initiating a petition process for a future vote on the matter.

Bob Gassett has requested the board reconsider its May 3 decision to add language to Article 6 of the June town meeting warrant.

The additional article would authorize the board to dispose of tax-acquired property, including the tannery property. Currently, any proposed sale of the tannery parcel on Washington Street goes to the voters.

Article 6A asks voters whether to authorize the Select Board to dispose of all tax-acquired property in any manner that it deems to be the best interest of the town but states that the Apollo Tannery property “shall be disposed of subject to the requirements of Article 10 of the town warrant from the annual town meeting held on June 10, 2008.”

If that article fails, another article would then be considered. Article 6B reads as follows:

“In the event that the voters fail to approve Article 6A immediately preceding this article, shall the town vote to authorize the Select Board to dispose of tax acquired property, excluding the former Apollo Tannery property, in any manner which the Select Board deems in the best interest of the Town of Camden.”

Assistant fire chief, Bayview Cinema also on agenda

The board will also reconsider a request from Fire Chief Chris Farley to add a new classification of career assistant fire chief to the town’s personnel policy. A new job description would define the position as responsible for administrative tasks in specific areas of departmental operations, as well as having supervisory responsibilities.

Development Director Brian Hodges has asked the board to approve a letter of intent for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Communities for Maine’s Future grant program.

Hodges has been working with Stuart Smith regarding efforts to restore and improve the Bayview Cinema building in order to reopen the downtown movie theater.

The May 17 meeting of the Camden Select Board will begin at 7 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room and be broadcast on Channel 22.

For more information, call the Camden Town Office at 236-3353.

The Herald Gazette reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

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