LINCOLNVILLE —  The town is likely to hold a traditional, in-person annual town meeting in June.

On Dec. 14, Select Board members spoke in favor of holding an in-person town meeting, whether outdoors at the Lincolnville Central School or inside the cafeteria. The municipal budget and other issues are decided on at annual town meeting.

Town Administrator David Kinney asked board members about their preference for holding a traditional town meeting or voting on all items, including the town budget, by paper ballot. Kinney oversees the budget review process, which begins in January. He said the process has to be accelerated if the vote is by paper ballot.

Due to Covid-19 emergency legislation, voting was by paper ballot in 2020 and 2021.

In February, board members will hear presentations on budget requests from municipal department heads and committee chairs. By the end of March, the board members are expected to finalize their budget recommendations. Budget committee recommendations are finalized in mid-April, followed by public hearings on municipal and school budgets.

Board members were asked to reconsider holding meetings using a hybrid meeting that would allow some people to attend meetings in person, while others attend remotely via videoconferencing technology, such as Zoom.

In September, the board opted not to move forward with hybrid meetings. On Dec. 13, members voted 3 to 2 against moving forward with a hybrid meeting and holding a public hearing on the issue. Chair Ladleah Dunn, vice chair Keryn Laite and Mike Ray voted against the proposal.

Dunn wants any proposal for hybrid meetings to go through budget review that considers staffing and costs. Those same reasons were cited in September, when the majority of the board opted not to move forward with hybrid meetings.

Josh Gerritsen and Jordan Barnett-Parker voted to at least hold a hearing on hybrid meeting to assess public opinion. Gerritsen pointed out that members of town committees are asking the Select Board to help them by allowing hybrid meetings. He said the technology is not complicated, and committee heads could learn how to operate it, and to assist with making meeting information available online.

Barnett-Parker said hybrid meetings increase the number of people who can participate in meetings and addresses the full range of concerns raised on both sides of the issue. People who are not technologically savvy can chose to attend live meetings in the town office, while simultaneously the meetings are broadcast and any members not attending in person are on a screen and can be heard.

The discussion of hybrid meetings was held at the request of Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton, a member of the Broadband Committee, who raised health and safety concerns in light of increasing cases of Covid-19. The chair of the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee, and members of Lakes and Ponds, Moorings and Cemetery committees wrote to the board in support of hybrid meetings.

Rosey Gerry raised concerns about burdens to town office staff, community members who are not computer savvy and asked for specifics on how hybrid meetings would be held.

Dunn said there were no specifics on how hybrid meetings would be held at this time, and that the discussion was being held in response to a citizen request.

Board members settled on a Jan. 24 date to discuss dam policy with the Camden Select Board. The full board plans to attend the meeting.

Kinney said Camden’s town manager asked if there are any issues board members would like to see on the agenda.

Dunn said the current status is they have a defunct dam committee and dam policy. Historically, the two towns have met to discuss repair, maintenance and operations of the East and West Dams, which can be used to affect the water level in Megunticook Lake in Camden and Norton Pond in Lincolnville.

Camden effectively dissolved the committee, there’s no mechanism to work together, Dunn said. She hopes there will be a new paradigm for the two towns to work together. In that case, a new policy would be needed, she said.

Kinney suggested discussion points could be the status of dam committee and the policy that created the committee.

Gerritsen brought up future expenditures and whether Camden expects Lincolnville to pay a portion.

Kinney announced a real estate closing has been scheduled for the sale of two town-owned lots on Levensaler Pond. The sale price is $70,000 and will net around $65,000 after fees. One lot is shorefront and the other lot provides access to the first lot. Board members unanimously approved the sale of the property.