TRENTON — The state planning office has awarded Trenton a $2,500 grant for research to determine the existence of a public right-of-way on property adjacent to a town-owned lot that town officials want to use for public access to Union River Bay.
If there is a right-of-way along the edge of the neighboring property, then it could be cleared for a path to the waterfront portion of the town’s lot. The town would not have to build a footbridge over a small stream that flows across its property, and it might not need to create another pull-out for vehicles on Bayside Road.
Selectman Julee Swanson has been leading the effort to create the public access for kayaking, canoeing and picnicking. Her son Ryan and Linda Eddings, two new members of the town’s parks and recreation committee, prepared the Right of Way Re-discovery Grant application.
“The grant program is aimed at helping municipalities research public records to discover rights-of-way to water that have been lost to common knowledge,” said Jim Connors, senior planner with the Maine Coastal Program of the state planning office. “It pays for lawyers or title search professionals to do that research.”
The town has owned the roughly one-third-acre lot that it wants to use for shore access since foreclosing on it for non-payment of taxes about eight years ago.
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