A committee of the Maine Legislature asked Knox and Waldo counties to try to work out the dispute over a small archipelago.

The request came after a public hearing was held this week before the State and Local Government Committee of the Maine Legislature, said state Rep. Ann Matlack, D-St. George. The hearing was held Wednesday, Jan. 12 on a bill, LD 1806, submitted by state Sen. Chip Curry, D-Belfast.

In testimony submitted to the Committee, Curry stated a U.S. Census team concluded after reviewing tax, deed and legislative documents, the county boundary between Waldo and Knox counties was not accurate in Penobscot Bay by Lasell Island. Lasell Island appears in Knox County on maps, but is in Waldo County in tax and deed records.

“A review of legislative documents showed that the entire Islesboro archipelago is in Waldo County, and there was no legislation transferring any of the islands into Knox County. The Waldo County Commissioners theorize, that around 70 years ago, there was a cartographic error that has been continuously carried over for decades. In essence, this legislation aims to resolve the inconsistencies with tax and deed records as well as our legislative processes,” Curry stated in his written testimony to the Committee.

Knox County Administrator raised the issue to Knox County Commissioners at their Jan. 11 meeting.

The issue first arose two years ago when the Census bureau began its preliminary work.

Matlack said the Committee asked the two counties to meet and try to work out an agreement and then return to the Legislature.

Lassell Island is located about four miles east of Camden, between North Haven and Islesboro. Lassell Island consists of 105 acres, of which five people, or limited liability corporations, own the land.