TRENTON — Whether the town will apply for a state grant to build a floating pier next to the seaplane ramp at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport and pay 20 percent of the cost will go to voters at a special town meeting here July 24.
The open-floor meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the town office.
The new pier would be about 200 feet long and 6 feet wide and cost an estimated $80,000. It would have both economic and recreational benefits for the town, according to Selectman Sue Starr, who also serves on the ad hoc committee that proposed the pier.
“The (seaplane) ramp is already used by a lot of fishermen, and this would enhance their ability to get in and out of the water,” she said. “We also think it would attract more people, such as tour guides, who use the water for income.”
She said the pier would be a convenience for the town’s recreational boaters who currently tie up their boats in Ellsworth or elsewhere.
“We’re also looking at this pier as an alternate means of getting on and off (Mount Desert Island) in emergency situations,” she said.
If voters approve, town officials would have until Aug. 3 to apply to the Maine Department of Transportation for a Small Harbor Improvement Program (SHIP) grant. The town’s matching share of the cost of the project would be $16,000.
Voters at the special town meeting will be asked to authorize the selectmen to take that amount from the town’s surplus account, but Starr said the committee hopes that no taxpayer money will be needed.
“We are working very hard to obtain pledges from community businesses and residents,” she said. “We probably have around $9,000 or $10,000 so far.”