Robert Plausse is no stranger to serving on the Lincolnville Board of Selectmen: For much of the first decade of the 21st century, he has help shape budgets and guide policy for the town.

“I love public service,” said the Ducktrap area resident. “I’ve been on the board nine years. There is a lot to be said for experience, continuity and planning for the future.”

For the sixth time, he has been campaigning door-to-door throughout Lincolnville.

“I want to meet people and see what’s on their minds,” he said.

Plausse lives with his wife, Janet, in the Whitney Road home they have owned since 1988. They moved to Maine from Massachusetts permanently in 1993, following Plausse’s retirement from nursing and hospital administration. He was also a police commissioner in Pembroke, Mass., where he was also a selectman. Their eight children are grown.

“I think it is important we plan well, and are financially responsible,” he said.

He wants to continue working on several municipal issues, including the resolution of how to dispose of a tax-acquired property on Coleman Pond. There has been some citizen interest in retaining it for public access to the pond.

“I want to keep it, sell it as a lot, and get tax revenue from it,” he said. “I don’t believe a 30-foot-wide lot worth $150,000 is appropriate for a public right of way.”

Plausse also wants to ensure the town pursues building a new town office, and put the money from the Coleman Pond land sale toward such a project.

The idea of expanding, and possibly building, a new town office has been percolating for several years. The existing building is too small and unable to meet building and compliance codes, according to a Municipal Buildings Committee report. Expansion of the town office, on Route 235, had been discussed in depth in 2008, but with a recession and skeptical town sentiment, the selectmen voted not to place a town office expansion proposal before voters. The project in 2008 was estimated to cost $522,188, and the selectmen opposed placing more fiscal strain on taxpayers.

In March 2010, the selectmen agreed to ask the committee to turn attention back to the town office, given lower interest rates and construction costs.

“We’ve outgrown this town office,” he said. “I’m not looking to build a Taj Mahal but we do need the space. If we were to sell all town-owned properties we could easily raise $200,000 to $250,000 for a building fund. In the meantime, we have to do our part and raise all the money we can to help build it.”

Plausse favors leasing the old Center Fire Station to the Lincolnville Community Alliance. The fire station has been vacated by the Lincolnville Fire Department, which relocated to the new station on Route 52. The former fire station and old school house are part of a proposal by the Alliance to lease the space for a variety of entrepreneurial and community purposes.

In 2008, voters granted the selectmen authority to sell the property. In 2010, residents initiated talks about the future of the old school, which educated students from the early 19th century through 1947. The fire station and school house sit side by side in Lincolnville Center, across from the vacant lot that was once the Dean and Eugley store and garage. In March, Alliance members, including farmers, business owners, writers and artists, introduced ideas, all designed to revitalize Lincolnville Center.

“Let’s lease it and see what happens in six months,” he said.

Plausse said he is: “an absolute hawk for public safety. I’m really impressed with our fire, police and public works departments.”

He supports recreation and is committed to funding education.

“Besides keeping kids and seniors safe, we need to educate these kids.”

The police department has lent stability to the town, he said. “We should never question it again.”

He cited the configuration of the department — one full time police chief and part-time officers, many employed in nearby sheriff or police departments — as successful.

“These guys are already trained,” he said. “We are paying less for the entire department than some cities pay for their chiefs.”

Plausse does have an initiative, and that is to keep Lincolnville seniors living in town.

“There is no place in town for our seniors to live,” he said. “We see people leaving. Senior housing has to become a priority. They don’t want to leave Lincolnville.”

He also wants to see selectmen represent different areas of town, and recognizes that he is the only one from the Beach.

“People want a local neighborhood person to represent them,” he said.