In an effort to address some issues relating to the Knox County Regional Airport, the Owls Head Board of Selectmen has requested a meeting with the Airport Advisory Committee and Knox County Commissioners.

In a letter dated Jan. 16, the board stated, "It has come to our attention on multiple occasions that the county's Airport Subcommittees may not be functioning as well as the commissioners may think."

Of specific concern is the lack of timely response from airport management regarding a reported "significant pilot deviation by a Cape Air crew in September" in an incident involving a low-flying aircraft.

The letter explains the unique position of the town of Owls Head deriving a benefit from the Knox County Regional Airport, as well as bearing "the majority of the ancillary costs associated with hosting the large footprint."

"As the select board, we have a direct and special responsibility to our residents, particularly with respect to safety, environment, noise, and other 'diseconomies' associated with the airport's presence in our community," the letter states.

Selectman Wayne Meserve said at the board's Jan. 16 meeting the letter was meant to serve as a reminder that the selectmen are ready, willing and able to assist all entities in any way they can.

The meeting will take place Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. in the hearing room (basement/back end) of the Knox County Court House.

In other business

The board decided to wait until it hears from legal counsel on the issue of plowing Cooper's Beach Road.

It said it had received a letter from the Owls Head Fire Department stating it would not be responding to any emergencies at the four residences in question until the posts in front of Lewis Edwards' home are removed to allow for proper plowing.

The town had also received a letter from Regional School Unit 13 seeking a resident of Owls Head to serve on its Strategic Plan Committee. Anyone interested should contact the superintendent's office at 596-6620. The deadline is Jan. 30.

And at a special town meeting following the regular selectmen's meeting, about 14 residents were in present and approved the amendments to the Owls Head, South Thomaston, Thomaston Transfer Station's Interlocal Agreement, as well as the acceptance of a parcel of land in Ash Point Cemetery being given to the town.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at