News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 8, 2018
Castine selectmen talk lobsters, clothing
Gus Basile steps down

One last agenda

Gus Basile, left, and Town Manager Jimmy Goodson check off agenda items during Basile’s last meeting as a member of the Castine Board of Selectmen on November 5.

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by Monique Labbe

At 4 p.m. on November 5, Castine Selectman Gus Basile called the meeting of the board of selectmen to order for the last time.

After 12 years serving on the board, and as chairman this year, Basile made the decision to step down from the post. He will be replaced by Gordon MacArthur who won election to the post on Tuesday.

“I ran into someone earlier today who congratulated me on 12 years of service, and I was so sure it had only been 9 that I had to call [Town Clerk Susan Macomber] to confirm it. I guess that just goes to show that time flies when you’re having fun,” Basile said with a chuckle following the meeting.

Board members tabled a request from Captain’s Catch owners Walt Foster and Deb Hamblen to sell live and cooked lobsters at their establishment on the Castine Town Dock.

Town Manager Jimmy Goodson reported that previous ground leases had provisions that said the tenant would not sell shellfish other than that which has been removed from the shell. The current lease does not have that provision.

The selectmen asked the owners to put together a more encompassing plan to present to them, regarding the logistics of sale and clean up.

Goodson also reported he was approached by a company called Apparel Impact, a New Hampshire based company that contracts with municipalities to put a bin at local transfer stations for used clothing collection. Goodson said the company currently has a bin at the Blue Hill/Surry transfer station. The company collects the clothes from the bins on a biweekly basis, brings it back to it’s New Hampshire location and distributes the majority of the clothes to Goodwill and other organizations. The clothes that are in poor shape and not wearable are shredded and turned into insulation and other usable materials.

Castine resident Gil Tenney said that while it sounded like a good plan in theory, his question was what the impact would be on local establishments like the Tree of Life in Blue Hill and H.O.M.E in Orland, as well as local Goodwill locations in Bangor and Ellsworth.

Goodson agreed to talk to people at the Blue Hill/Surry transfer station, as well as at the local thrift shops to see if they have noticed any issues surrounding having the bin from Apparel Impact. Approval was tabled.

The next meeting of the board of selectmen is scheduled for November 19.