Dock Changes Approved

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Harbor issues dominated the selectmen’s meeting March 9, with the board tentatively approving last-minute changes to a construction project at the Lower Town Dock and turning thumbs down to the harbormaster’s proposal to change the harbor committee ordinance.


Work is under way at the Lower Town Dock as per a plan approved by the harbor committee and the state Department of Transportation, which awarded a grant for the project. On March 9, several members of the harbor committee, along with John Spofford, whose business, Downeast Diesel and Marine, is adjacent to the Lower Town Dock, claimed there are problems with the current configuration and that an earlier arrangement of floats would better suit fishermen who rely on the dock. They said there is still time to use the earlier plan and suggested that the town do so.

The sudden shift didn’t sit well with town manager Robin Bennett and selectman Kristin Hutchins.

Ms. Bennett pointed out Mr. Spofford had signed off on the plan undergoing construction. The harbor committee, during the previous harbormaster’s tenure, she continued, approved the design that is now under construction.

“I’m obviously frustrated with this project at this point in time,” Ms. Bennett said.

This is the second time selectmen have considered an unexpected change in the project, Kristin Hutchins reminded her fellow board members.

“I just don’t like doing business this way,” she said.

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