Police Forum Set in Trenton

TRENTON — Residents here will have a chance to express their concerns about traffic violations and other law enforcement issues at a public safety forum on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in the town office meeting room.

Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark and Lt. Roderick Charette, commander of the Maine State Police troop that serves Hancock and Washington counties, have said they will attend. Trenton doesn’t have a police department, so the sheriff’s department and state police provide law enforcement coverage.

Fred Ehrlenbach, chairman of Trenton’s board of selectmen, said a number of residents have complained about speeding on the town’s roads.

“There is also an issue with unregistered ATVs traveling down the road, motorcycles or dirt bikes or whatever at all times of the night,” he said. “And fireworks until one or two o’clock in the morning.

“A group came to the selectmen and wanted to know what could be done. So, we contacted the sheriff’s department and state police, and they are both going to be there to discuss the issues with the townsfolk.”

State law allows the use of “consumer fireworks” such as firecrackers and Roman candles in any town that, like Trenton, has not taken action to ban them. However, the law states that fireworks may not be used before 9 a.m. or after 10 p.m., except for a few days a year. The cut-off time is 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day and July 5 and on the weekends immediately before and after those dates.

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Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]