News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 18, 2019
Blue Hill Selectmen change meeting day, time
Town office no longer closed at lunchtime

by Anne Berleant

At an April 11 meeting, selectmen unanimously voted to change the selectmen’s weekly meeting to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The later hour will allow more people to attend, new Selectman Jim Dow said in floating the idea, and he found full board agreement. The change will go into effect on April 24.

Selectmen also reopened the town office from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., after selectmen checked with Town Clerk and Tax Collector Etta Perkins and Deputy Clerk Shawna Ambrose. Both favored the change, noting that the reasons for closing at lunch time were no longer an issue and it was a popular time for residents to come in. The change took effect April 12.

Selectmen also unanimously approved allowing Maine Department of Transportation, under MDOT construction manager Aurele Gorneau II, not the town, to administer a $500,000 grant project to build sidewalks and other improvements on South Street.

“After meeting the person who [will be] administering the project, I’m comfortable with it,” Selectman Ellen Best said.

In other business:

Vaughn Leach was elected board chairman.

Dow will work on a Harbor Management Access Grant application for up to $5,000 of the $7,775 cost of a new town dock float.

Selectmen discussed a future reconfiguration of the South Blue Hill wharf dinghy finger floats so access to the boat ramp, used primarily by recreational boaters, would not be blocked.

Selectmen approved an annual maintenance agreement with Maine Department of Transportation that allows the town to do needed work on state roads and be reimbursed, with Leach noting, “It’s worked out well for us in the past.”

Scott Miller advised, after a town meeting “no” vote on bringing broadband to Pleasant Street, that if a town-wide broadband plan is to be promoted, selectmen should hold a community information meeting. Leach said selectmen will continue to move forward on a broadband initiative “in a positive fashion.”

Selectmen will hold their final Friday meeting on April 19, 1:05 p.m., at town hall.