CAMDEN — Town Manager Audra Caler told the Select Board Dec. 13 that a group of property owners sent a petition to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection seeking to set specific rules for the water level at Montgomery Dam.

DEP must hold a public hearing concerning interest in the water level behind the Montgomery Dam.

Caler said DEP will look into the matter and she expects it will come up with something “like what we are doing.”

The town’s Megunticook River Citizen’s Advisory Committee has been meeting since September, aided by consultant Forrest Bell, to study options for a possible river restoration project. Questions about whether this will involve removing or changing the Montgomery Dam have caused controversy in the town for more than a year.

Caler said DEP may also want to look at the other dams on the Megunticook and consider the entire river system at once.

The committee meanwhile is starting a newsletter to provide updates on its work and residents who are interested can be placed on the email list to receive it.

In other business at this week’s Select Board meeting, the board considered a proposal from Mark and Catherine Bradstreet to run a stand to sell lobster near the hoist and the utility box by the Fisherman’s Dock at the Public Landing.

Mark Bradstreet answered the board’s questions during the meeting. He has been selling fresh lobster right off the dock, but said he wants to move the operation to the parking lot level to make it safer for customers, especially the elderly.

He noted that down on the docks, his vessel moves with the tide, making this more difficult.

The business would be “selling fresh caught live lobsters at parking lot level along with items related, such as portable coolers, ice, claw crackers,” the application for the “Hawking & Peddling License” states. The business would consist of a “Temporary quaint stand or shack composed of a chest refrigerator (that also serves as a table), scale and a ‘see-through’ structure that will serve to elevate existing signage.”

He said it would be about 4 feet by 4 feet and would be on the border of the boardwalk and the parking lot near the hoist, without infringing on either parking or use of the boardwalk.

The board expressed some concern about setting a precedent.

“What will happen to us when another lobsterman sees this is successful and wants to do this,” Chair Bob Falciani asked.

It would also be using power from an outlet at the public landing paid for by the town.

Board member Tom Hedstrom said he would like to let Bradstreet run the business there for a year to see how it works, and board member Sophie Romana agreed, saying it would be a provisional license.

She noted that the decision would be in the interest of safety. She said she would like to see how this would fit into a larger plan for public landing usage, but said that kind of long-range plan would not be happening in the next six months and she did not want to see the business held up.

Hedstrom said Bradstreet should use a plug-in meter to see how much power this business is using and may need to reimburse the town for that.

In addition, the town has specific rules on the books regarding business signs and an application or more information will be required for that aspect of the business.

The board tabled voting on the matter until January.

The Select Board approved harbor fees for 2023 and the licenses for windjammers and daysailers in the meeting.

Caler mentioned in her report two planned bridge projects in cooperation with the Maine Department of Transportation: the Rawson Ave. foot bridge and Maine Street Bridge.