News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 22, 2022
November ballot approved
Draft fire station report received

by David Avery

The select board met on Monday, September 19, at Emerson Hall and approved the ballot for the November election.

The ballot features two contested races, one for select board and one for school board.

Roberta Boczkiewicz is challenging incumbent Peter Vogell for a three-year term on the select board.

Johanna Barrett is running for school board against incumbent Jacob Simmons. The term is three years.

Town Manager Shawn Blodgett also reported that the town has received a draft report from Port City Architecture, the firm hired to evaluate three potential sites for a new fire station.

He assured the 13 people in attendance that there would be a public meeting once the final report is ready to go.

The draft report is being read by the board and the fire department leadership. Their comments will go back to Port City to be incorporated into the final draft, Blodgett said.

In addition, the binding survey listing options for new names for the Negro Islands in the Bagaduce River was also approved by the select board. A survey was chosen to allow property owners and others who are not registered voters to contribute to the decision on the island names.

In other business, the board authorized warrants and gave permission for the town to apply for grant money to improve efficiency of the town’s lighting and heating.

Blodgett also reported that the Maine Department of Transportation and Hancock County Planning Commission are looking into ways to alleviate flooding at Dunk’s Meadow in Castine and on the Dunbar Road in Penobscot.

Blodgett explained that the flooded roads are of concern because the response time of ambulances reaching Castine from Blue Hill nearly doubles if both roads are impassable. He cautioned that a solution could be one to three years away.

Blodgett also thanked residents for being patient with the new recycling rules. Incidents of poor treatment of the transfer station staff have declined, he said.

Finally, Blodgett reported that approximately 120 people visited the Dyce Head Lighthouse on Maine Open Lighthouse Day, September 10.