Town Hill residents filled the Village Improvement Society Hall last week to bring their concerns and suggestions to Town Council. ISLANDER PHOTO BY BECKY PRITCHARD

Crosswalk tops Town Hill’s wish list

BAR HARBOR — Residents of Bar Harbor’s northernmost village filled the Town Hill Village Improvement Society (VIS) Hall to bring concerns and comments at last week’s town council meeting.

Topping their wish list was the installation of a cross walk across busy Route 102 to connect the playground and baseball field to the businesses and homes across the highway.

“It would be very nice to get people safely across,” said resident Brian Schaper, co-owner of the Brrrr! Harbor shaved ice business on Route 102 opposite the playground.

“For our part, I’ve had plenty of customers comment on that.”

Resident Dessa Dancy added that due to the busy traffic on the road, “what is really needed is a pedestrian crossing light.”

Business owner and resident Lilea Simis noted that the VIS had tried for years to get a crosswalk installed.

“It’s the state’s jurisdiction,” she said. “Everyone should write to the state.”

Public Works Director Chip Reeves explained that while a sidewalk is the Maine Department of Transportation’s responsibility, they will require a sidewalk to be installed by the town.

“The state would say you pay for the sidewalk if you want it,” he said. “Utility poles have to be moved [in coordination] with the power company.”

Short-term solutions suggested were to have a police officer direct traffic during little league games and setting up a speed trailer to help enforce the 30-mile-per-hour speed limit.

The speed trailer, Lieutenant Dave Kerns said, may not curb speeding on its own, but it “takes data so [police] know where and when to enforce.”

Other suggestions brought up by Town Hill residents were a bike corridor along the Crooked Road, and better maintenance of the trees planted at the Knox Road intersection.

Residents also expressed concern about low-hanging wires over the Crooked Road. Reeves explained that the lowest hanging cables are maintained by phone and internet service providers, who rarely tighten them on request unless repair is needed.

“They have very little current, so they look more dangerous than they are,” said Reeves.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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