Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 3, 2019
Main Street group checks in with selectmen
by Anne Berleant
Two members of a citizens group, the “Main Street” group, formed to enhance downtown and Main Street spoke to selectmen December 14 on a subject that has been raised before, placing trash cans and benches in downtown locations.
“Trash cans attract trash,” Selectman Jim Schatz observed. “They need to be maintained.”
He advised that a specific plan be created for trash cans that Betty Stookey discussed being placed at the town park, by Three Wishes on Water Street and in front of the Judd Hartmann Gallery and SaraSara’s on Main Street.
The Main Street group was not requesting funds to purchase the trash cans or benches, but the town would be responsible for emptying them, selectmen noted.
“We do not have a public works department in Blue Hill,” Selectman Ellen Best said. “That is a concern of ours over more issues than trash cans.”
Currently, the town places two trash cans in the town park and removes them from late fall to spring. Trash cans are also placed near Horton Emerson park on Water Street, near the athletic fields on Union Street and by town hall.
“I’m of two minds about putting them on town property,” Best said. “The municipal budget is very tight.”
Best also noted that businesses may place trash cans on their property but not on public sidewalks.
Margaret Hannah discussed placing benches at different downtown locations, a suggestion selectmen were able to near-wholeheartedly support. Hannah outlined citizens and local organizations and businesses donating money towards the benches and being recognized by a plaque on the bench in “a self-starting initiative,” she said.