The new waterfront park that will be adjacent to the town dock will be named after the man who spearheaded the project.

The Owls Head Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its April 21 meeting to name the new park the Richard Carver Harbor Park.

Board Chair Tom Von Malder praised Carver for his work on the project.

"This is the result of all your hard work. You've led it all the way," Von Malder said.

Robert Hirsch of the town budget committee said that it was also for all that Carver has done for the community over the years.

Carver has served on various town committees including the committee that developed plans for the new town dock and park. He also served 10 years on the Board of Selectmen.

Carver told selectmen the honor was not necessary but the board said it was.

On Wednesday, Carver praised the committee that has been working on the project. He said that the committee was made of fishermen but it made sure the project would be something that would serve the entire community.

"It should be great," Carver said.

The town began discussions for a dock of its own as far back as 2006.

A 210-foot-long, 5-foot-wide aluminum dock with an 80-foot gangway that is handicapped accessible is expected to be completed by Prock Marine by September.

There is a foot path from the upper parking lot off the Lighthouse Road to the dock. Large rocks have been placed between the lower parking lot by the dock and the foot path.

There will also be walking trails from the beach to a field.

Landscaping will also be completed this year.

At a special town meeting in April 2016, residents approved the purchase of a 1.69-acre harbor property to ensure public and commercial use for residents. That property is adjacent to land the town already owned, which was used for parking.

The dock will serve commercial and recreational boats.

The overall park and pier project cost about $370,000.

The town currently has a lease agreement through December 2021 with Ship to Shore Lobster LLC for public access to the harbor. The town has used this pier for public access since 1966 when it acquired a 50-year easement from Peter Reed Jr.

Selectmen approve purchase of new fire truck

Selectmen also voted Tuesday afternoon to approve purchasing a new tanker pumper truck for the fire department, replacing one destroyed in a crash last fall.

The Board voted 3-0 to purchase the 2020 pumper truck that has a tank with a capacity of 3,000 gallons. The purchase is from K&T Fire Equipment in Island Falls for $289,718.

Selectman Gordon Page had recommended a town meeting be held but the other selectmen — Chair Von Malder and Linda Post — said they saw no need to hold a town meeting since the Maine Municipal Association insurance was paying for the entire cost of the truck. MMA's insurance agreed to repay up to $324,000 for the 1990 pumper tanker truck totaled in an Oct. 17 crash on the Clark Island Road in St. George, Fire Chief Frank Ross said.

Post said the town is not paying out any additional money. In addition, because of the prohibition on holding in-person meetings because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the town might have to wait a long time before it could schedule a meeting, which would delay getting the new truck.

Ross said Monday that it will take about nine months to get the truck.

The town's attorney had recommended a town meeting but Ross said the Maine Municipal Association said it saw no need for such a process and that selectmen could make the vote.

Selectmen also discussed how to sell acquired properties on Dublin Road and 20 Owls Head Lane.