BAR HARBOR — Town officials are working toward a plan to remove an occasionally leaky sewer pipe from the beach in Hulls Cove. While funding for the project has been budgeted for two years, progress has been slowed because of planning, surveying and necessary easement acquisitions from private landowners in the area.
The only property owner who has not yet given the town an easement is Tom Walsh’s Ocean Properties company, owner of the Park Entrance Motel and several acres of adjacent land. However, contrary to recent assertions from town councilor Jane Disney, both public works director Chip Reeves and Ocean Properties representative Eben Salvatore told the Islander that the company has not been intentionally stalling the process.
“Easement acquisition is not an expeditious thing,” Mr. Reeves said. “This is certainly something that we would like to fix. That is why we’ve budgeted the money to do it. But it isn’t a major source of pollution.”
The easement from Ocean Properties is especially complicated, Mr. Salvatore said, because plans are to build a town pump station on the hotel property. Because the company plans to redevelop the site into a major resort hotel at some point, officials have been extremely careful regarding the potential placement of the sewer pumping station, he said.
Mr. Salvatore said that he anticipates the easement grant from his company moving forward within the next few months.