News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 19, 2018
Tour, meeting, vote set for proposed Salt Pond purchase
Would provide 900-foot public access

by Anne Berleant

The proposed town purchase of a four-acre parcel on Salt Pond with 900 feet of shorefront and a three-bedroom house is the focus of three meetings and a town vote the third week of July. The property is currently under contract for purchase by the town for $458,000.

The property is located at 270 Salt Pond Road, off Route 172, near the Blue Hill-Sedgwick town line and is being offered for sale by The Island Agency.

In public discussion of the property, selectmen noted that the owner does not want to split up the parcel but the town could choose to sell the house.

The property would not require clearing for public use—selectmen have described the parcel as “park-like”—but an access road and parking area would need to be developed. However, Maine Department of Transportation cannot issue a permit for the road until trees are cleared to maintain the required 360-foot sight distance. Two trees are on a neighboring property; selectmen said they have permission to remove them.

The purchase terms also specify no access for motor boats, and a soil test has shown that port-a-potties will need to be used for restrooms.

The warrant article up for town vote reads as follows:

“To see if the Town of Blue Hill will instruct the Select Board to appropriate $458,000 from the Land Purchase Reserve account and take the steps necessary to complete the purchase of the 3.5± acre shorefront property identified on the Blue Hill Tax Map as Map 32 Lot 29.”

Salt Pond property meeting dates
Saturday, July 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m., public viewing and tour
Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m., public informational meeting, town hall
Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., special town meeting, followed by vote