Funds approved for Lamoine transfer station redesign

LAMOINE — The town is forging ahead with its long-term plan to cut solid waste costs as a result of the June 24 annual Town Meeting.

Voters approved the use of $50,000 to cover engineering costs for the transfer station’s redesign to house a compactor for compressing garbage. That design work will be put out to bid later this year.

Solid waste disposal costs total $153,470, which represents a $17,630 hike over last year, in the $4.226 million budget passed at the meeting, which was attended by 42 people including nonresidents. Recycling costs, alone, have shot up $8,600.

The town’s move to “zero-sort” recycling has made the process easier, but bins fill up faster and recyclables must be hauled away more frequently.

The approved $4,226,443.18 budget represents a 4.77 percent rise or $192,491 increase over the 2019-20 budget totaling $4,033.951.88. The increase in the amount to be raised from property taxes is calculated at 3.14 percent or $94,662.02.

On the 28-article warrant, residents also raised $147,000 to repave the middle section of the Shore Road and Walker end of the Mill Road. The town contracts with Roger Picard of Abbot-based Pavement Management Services to put out to bid and oversee its paving projects.

Residents also voted to spend $11,850 to repair the Lamoine Town Hall cupola this year. The funds were raised as part of the 2019-20 budget, but the work wasn’t carried out this past fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At Town Meeting, a majority of voters approved the inclusion of Archer Brook and a Blunt’s Pond seasonal outflow among the protected streams in the town’s shoreland zoning ordinance. The ordinance makes it illegal to build within 75 feet of those waterbodies.

Besides development, Planning Board Chairman John Holt said another concern is runoff and the greater intensity of rainstorms in recent years.

“We need to provide for runoff,” Holt said. “Protecting streams is a way to protect shoreland value.”

In addition, voters adopted Lamoine’s first comprehensive plan. The first draft of the plan was approved last year, but the state requested several changes that were the focus of a Jan. 20 public hearing. Approved amendments to the shorefront zoning and comprehensive plans make both compliant with state laws.

Letitia Baldwin

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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