Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 17, 2014
“Save the date”
Western Hancock County officials seek public comment on road conditions
by Faith DeAmbrose
“The thirty-five selectmen representing the 11 towns of Western Hancock County invite you to attend a special public meeting,” begins a letter soon to be widely distributed in the region. The topic: the condition of the roads.
According to Blue Hill Selectman Jim Schatz, a coalition of concerned selectmen and public administrators has put together a legislative-style meeting to “explore action to be taken to remedy the unacceptable conditions of state roads in [the] area.” He urges those interested to “save the date.”
Area residents are invited to attend and give testimony of their experiences to be used in an effort to “force Legislative and Administrative action to remedy” road conditions into the future.
The forum will take place on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Reach Auditorium at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School. George Stevens Academy students, led by Frank Bianco, will cater a BBQ-style picnic lunch at noon. The event will be moderated by former state senator Jill Goldthwait, who will be joined by a panel “of familiar faces,” said Schatz.