To share code enforcement services

Waldoboro receives grant for Dutch Neck Landing project

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 13, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Dutch Neck Landing in Waldoboro is on the docket to have paving and ramp repairs as well as other possible improvements.

Waldoboro — At its July 10 meeting, the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen accepted a grant from the state Department of Marine Resources in the amount of $18,000.

The grant from the Shore and Harbor Planning Grant review committee will be used for the proposed Dutch Neck Landing Renewal Project.

The project will include paving and ramp repair, thanks to a $40,000 capital reserve fund approved at town meeting in June.

"It {the grant} gives us the funding to be able to look into what we can do there," Town Manager Julie Keizer said, adding, "like, should there be recreational facilities there?"

The state committee received applications for 12 projects totaling $281,813, and made awards to fund "projects that would have direct impacts on harbor planning and management and adjacent shoreland development to improve public access and use," the award letter stated.

Keizer also announced an agreement with the town of Damariscotta for the shared service of Code Enforcement Officer Stan Waltz.

"This is one of those things that I'm a big proponent of," Keizer said, referring to shared service agreements.

"We are blessed to have Stan," she said, adding that the agreement will allow more hours for code enforcement, especially to address quality-of-life enforcement issues, eliminating the waiting period for investigations and testing.

"It's a great way for us to cooperatively work together," Keizer said.

Waltz will devote 20 hours per week to overseeing and enforcing laws relating to the protection of the town of Damariscotta, including permit review and approval, field investigations, enforcement, meeting with applicants, citizens, municipal and state officials, vendors and other persons with interests and activities pertaining to the land use regulatory function of the town.

Selectman Jann Minzy said, "I like this sharing stuff ... it's like playing well with others."

Keizer also noted that the town has started procedures for dealing with the second of three properties declared derelict.

Buildings at 992 Winslows Mills Road have been on the town's radar as failing to comply with town Land Use Ordinances and several state statutes.

Correspondence dates back to Feb. 20, 2007, on the structures.

As of July 13, taxes owed to the town by the property owner are $144.43 on the property that is valued at $56,000.

Keizer added it is a delicate situation, as it is still inhabited.

Also during the meeting, the election of officials took place, with Robert Butler being chosen chairman of the Board of Selectmen and Katie Winchenbach, vice chairman. Winchenbach was also elected chairman of the Board of Assessors, while Butler was named vice chair.

The next meeting of the Board of Selectmen will be held Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.

Property at 992 Winslows Mills Road in Waldoboro has been deemed to be derelict. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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