News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, October 24, 2019
Davit removal discussed at board meeting

by Monique Labbe

The possible removal of a davit located on the town dock that has not been in use for several years was the topic of discussion at an October 21 meeting of the Castine Board of Selectmen.

The removal of the davit, (a crane-like device) which has historically been used to assist fishermen with hauling traps up from their boats, was recommended by the Harbor Committee.

Town Manager Shawn Blodgett told the selectmen that his recommendation would be that should they decide to remove it, they should be “very methodical” about how they do that.

“It would be my suggestion that if we do take it out, that we do not divest ourselves of it and instead store it somewhere,” said Blodgett.

The davit was installed about seven years ago, with grant funding that did not cost the town anything. Chairman Peter Vogell noted that it was not in the town’s best interest to get rid of something that may not be in the budget again, but that it would also cost money to store it.

“If no one is using it now but might in the future, why get rid of something we might never get back,” he said.

After brief discussion, the selectmen decided to table a vote on the matter until the next meeting.

In other board business, the selectmen also approved the renewal of a liquor license for Sodexo Dining Service at Maine Maritime Academy, and approved the municipal ballot for the November 5 election.

The next meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. November 4.