MOUNT DESERT — Town officials are considering their right of first refusal to purchase a 36-acre property bordering the eastern side of Lower Hadlock Pond off of Route 198. That land is now owned by the Mount Desert Water Company.
The Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization, has expressed interest in purchasing the property for $2.4 million, said selectmen Rick Mooers at a meeting last Monday.
Many residents don’t want the town to spend unnecessary funds on a parcel of land that cannot be developed, while others don’t want to see the town lose a valuable piece of property to the park.
“This town is 40 percent park-owned already. I think they’ve got enough land,” said resident George Peckham