OWLS HEAD — A survey sent out by the Owls Head Airport Advisory Committee came under fire Monday during a Select Board meeting.

The survey was sent out to gather comments from the community about its feelings about the airport as the committee works toward developing ordinances during a six-month moratorium on airport development imposed by voters on Aug. 29.

Select Board Chair Gordon Page said as a resident he was concerned about several aspects of the survey. He pointed out the survey did not state who was conducting it and did not give a deadline for returning the paperwork. He said the completed survey should be returned to the town office and not a private post office box.

He also said the survey was not balanced but weighed heavily on what the survey indicates are problems at the airport.

Select Board member Tom Von Malder also pointed out only one survey was sent to each residence even if multiple people lived in that home.

Budget Committee Chair Bob Hirsch said the Budget Committee was so concerned about the survey it is sending a letter to all residents expressing those concerns. He said the survey was the latest effort by the airport advisory committee to further divide the town.

“This is a continuation of a member’s very public personal vendetta against the airport,” Hirsch said.

The effort has not stopped any projects but have resulted in delays and additional costs, he said. He pointed out the airport and the companies that work there employ 100 people and generate tax revenues for the town. The airport also serves as a lifeline to the islands in Penobscot Bay, Hirsch said.

“The people who are bothered by noise should have been smart enough not to move next to the airport or under runway approaches,” Hirsch said.

Hirsch said he was paying for mailing the letter.

Resident Maria Devery also criticized the survey, saying it was flawed from beginning to end.

Airport Advisory Committee member Lauren Swartzbaugh defended the survey.

She said she moved to Owls Head because she loved the airport but did not come to the town to live next to what the airport may become with the projects funded by federal grants.

The advisory committee is looking out for the interests of the town and its residents, she said. Swartzbaugh said the appointment of Knox County Regional Airport Manager Jeremy Shaw to the committee was incomprehensible to her. She maintained that being an employee of the county puts him in conflict with the interests of the town.

Shaw is a resident of Owls Head. The Select Board appointed him to the advisory committee.

Swartzbaugh also said if there are multiple people in a household that receives a single survey, they can note that and add each person’s statements.