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Lincolnville calls for volunteers

By David Kinney | Apr 05, 2021
Many volunteer opportunities are available with the town of Lincolnville.

LINCOLNVILLE — The town of Lincolnville is seeking community members interested in volunteering on town committees or project teams for which vacancies exist or upcoming vacancies are expected.

Those who can say yes to any of the following questions can contact Town Administrator David Kinney to get involved, or for more information. Kinney can be reached by mailing info@town.lincolnville.me.us or calling 207-763-3555.

Are you: passionate about protecting the town's lakes and ponds, open spaces or have an interest in environmental sustainability; interested in improving the town’s parks and recreation programs; and/or interested in Lincolnville Harbor?

Does land use and its development spark your interest? Do you have a skill or experience you think could benefit the town?

The town has a wide range of committees for those interested in volunteering. Committees meet on an as-needed basis, unless otherwise specified.

Board of Appeals — hears appeals concerning decisions made by the Code Enforcement Officer or Planning Board.

Board of Assessment Review — convenes to hear a property owner appeal for a property valuation abatement denied by the Board of Assessors.

Broadband Committee — advises the Board of Selectmen on issues surrounding citizen access to affordable high-speed internet service, particularly in unserved or under-served areas of the community. A new committee will be formed and meet on an as-needed basis.

Cemetery Trustees — oversees the maintenance and upkeep of town-owned cemeteries and any other obligations that the town has in regards to cemeteries, such the care of veterans graves and the care of abandoned cemeteries.

Comprehensive Plan Review Committee — reviews and updates the Comprehensive Plan to assure it meets current needs and requirements of the community.

Conservation Commission — works to preserve and manage the natural resources of the town and to promote good conservation practices, including the oversight of public shade trees. Meets bimonthly on the second Monday of the month.

Financial Advisory Committee — identifies investment objectives; assists the Board of Selectmen in defining risk tolerance; monitors the investment process and periodically reports to the board. Meets on an as-needed basis but at least twice per calendar year.

Harbor Committee — acts as an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen on matters related to the harbor and prepares grant applications for harbor related marine projects. Meets at least quarterly.

Inland Waterways Mooring Committee — examines issues surrounding moorings in the inland waters and to make a recommendation as to what option, if any, is necessary to regulate such moorings.

Lakes & Ponds Committee — seeks to preserve and enhance the lakes and ponds within the town while working to maintain or create public access to the lakes and ponds for the enjoyment of the public. The committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Land Use Committee — at the direction of the Board of Selectmen, writes, rewrites and/or amends land-use ordinances in collaboration with the Planning Board.

Memorial Day Parade Committee — organizes and oversees remembrances occurring on Memorial Day.

Planning Board — reviews subdivision applications in accordance with Lincolnville’s Subdivision Ordinance; reviews applications for activity in the Shoreland Zone and for Commercial Site Plans in accordance with the provisions of the Land Use Ordinance; and works in collaboration with the Land Use Committee to prepare amendments for zoning and other land-use ordinances. The Planning Board meets on the second and last Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Recreation Commission — advises the town and the Board of Selectmen on matters of recreation and supervises any town recreation programs. Meets on the first Thursday of each month.

Wage and Personnel Policy Board — The primary role is to explore the town’s employment policies (including but not limited to: salary, benefits, job descriptions, and contracts) and to review and update the town Personnel Policy.

Elected Positions — The town of Lincolnville also has many positions elected by the voters at Town Meeting to serve the community. The positions include: Board of Selectmen (also the Board of Assessors and Overseers of the Poor); the Lincolnville Central School Committee; the Five Town Community School District School Board; and the Budget Committee. Contact the Town Office for the availability of nomination papers and the timing of elections.

The Board of Selectmen consider applicants on a rolling basis, however most appointments are made within the first 30 days following the annual town meeting.

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