News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 20, 2019
Drainage issue linked to Main St. project, says resident

One final meeting

In the capacity of Castine town manager, Jimmy Goodson sits in on his final Board of Selectmen meeting on June 17.

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by Monique Labbe

In his final selectmen’s meeting in the capacity of town manager, Jimmy Goodson said that he was proud of the things he has accomplished in his role over the last five years. He also said he is “beyond confident” that incoming Town Manager and Code Enforcement Officer Sean Blodgett will continue that good work.

The members of the Castine Board of Selectmen met on June 17, to approve an array of actions items, including the approval of application for a boating facility fund grant that would allow easier access to the water at the town boat landing, the approval of tree planting on the town common, as recommended by the Castine Tree Committee, and the FY20 sewer budget as recommended by the Utility Board.

Discussion about cellar drainage problems at 21 Main Street took up most of the meeting time between the selectmen, Goodson, and property owner Scott Vogel. Vogel wrote a letter, asking the town to pay for the damages and any work associated with it, because, he attested, the damage is a result of the Main Street project work a few years ago.

“I’ve owned this building for a long time, and I was a caretaker there before that, and I’ve never seen it like this,” said Vogel.

“The problem is that water in the cellar has not been draining properly because piping has been crushed. The lack of draining has caused the cellar to fill up with three to four feet of water.”

Goodson suggested that the first step would be to have someone come take a look at the damage, and determine what has caused the damage and what the next steps would be to fix it. Goodson and the selectmen agreed that if it is found that the damage was caused by the Main Street project work, the town will cover the costs of the repair. Vogel thanked the selectmen, and noted that he had already put $1,000 of his own money into trying to fix the situation.

The next meetings of the board of selectmen are scheduled for July 1 and July 15, both at 4 p.m. at Emerson Hall.