Voters at the polls on Election Day are being asked to approve the town’s purchase of this property near the Manset Town Dock for $600,000. Future plans call for tearing down the house and building a parking lot on the site. PHOTO BY MARK GOOD

District plan, property purchase hearing set



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The second of two public hearings on ballot questions regarding creation of a water and sewer district and whether to purchase property near the Manset Town Dock for future development as a parking lot is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at the Southwest Harbor Fire Station.

Voters will consider both issues at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Town officials claim the water and sewer district will lead to efficiencies which would get the costs of running the water and sewer departments under control. The savings would come from the oversight of the district by a three-member board and a superintendent/manager, which would be a new position.

About 50 residents attended the first hearing on Oct. 13. Many of those present were leery of the district plan and not convinced that it would lead to more efficient operation of the utilities. For the hearing Tuesday, town officials have prepared financial projections for the district which they hope will provide more concrete answers to questions from residents. Those wanting an early look at the projections can pick up the documents at the town office on Friday.

The ballot has a related question. Voters are being asked if they wish to transfer the assets of the water and sewer departments to the district. It is unclear what would happen if voters approve the charter for the district and turn down the transfer of assets.

Voters also are being asked if they wish to purchase the Knote property on the Shore Road for $600,000. The property later would be developed as a paid parking lot which would generate revenue and ease congestion at the busy dock. As an added benefit, the additional parking would allow for more moorings in the harbor, thereby bringing in more revenue for the town, officials claim.

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