Lincolnville Inland Waterways Mooring Committee formed

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 14, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich The new Inland Waterways Mooring Committee will review the need for local regulations on moorings and make recommendations.

LINCOLNVILLE — A committee appointed Nov. 13 by the Board of Selectmen will sort out the direction for local rules on inland waterway moorings.

The board appointed Dorothy Havey, Lys McLaughlin-Pike, Richard Sanderson, Andrea Palise and Jay Foster to the new Inland Waterways Mooring Committee. There are also seats on the committee to be appointed by officials in the towns that share borders with Lincolnville on a number of ponds and lakes.

Lincolnville has a 180-day moratorium on placing moorings in inland waterways in the town of Lincolnville, effective Aug. 27. The moratorium was approved at a special town meeting in September.

The moratorium prohibits "the location, licensing or permitting of any inland waterway mooring within the town."

While the placement of moorings on lakes and ponds can be controlled by towns, Lincolnville has no ordinances in place.

One of the stated purposes of the moratorium is to give town officials time to study Lincolnville's ordinances "to determine the implications of future proposed moorings on inland waterways and to develop reasonable ordinances governing the location and operation of such moorings."

The moratorium spells out town officials' concerns about the impact of unregulated moorings on the boating public, neighboring property owners and neighboring municipalities; possible incompatibility with existing uses and developments on lakes and ponds; the adequacy of waterways to handle multiple moorings; the health and safety of moorings that are not properly regulated; and the potential increased burden on the town’s inland harbormaster and related law enforcement agencies.

The Camden Select Board recently voted to hold a special town meeting on a 180-day inland waterway mooring moratorium. While a date has not been set for the meeting, the next step will be a public hearing on a warrant article, according to Camden Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell.

Discussions that initiated Lincolnville's 180-day moratorium centered on the recent increase in the number of moorings on Lake Megunticook in Camden around the Bog Bridge and Route 52 boat ramps.

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