Docks top commissioners’ agenda

ELLSWORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing a memorandum of understanding between the county and the town of Trenton regarding a dock system at the seaplane ramp at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport.

The town and county have been working on an agreement for almost two years, according to county commissioner Steven Joy. The FAA rejected previous proposals but, this time, officials have their fingers crossed that the agency approves of the project.

“We’re about 90 percent there,” Joy said.

The FAA is involved because the docks would be on airport property. As such, the agency requires the project to be aviation-related. In this case, that means accommodating airplanes along with boats.

“The dock system also has to have the capability of tying up seaplanes as well,” Joy said.

As proposed, one seaplane would be able to dock. That space also could be used by boats when no airplane is tied-up. The docks are to be used on a short-term basis and basically are for people to load and unload, Joy said.

The docking system would benefit Mount Desert Island residents as well, Joy said. The seaplane ramp at the airport, where the docks would be located, is on Mount Desert Narrows near the mouth of the Jordan River. If the Trenton Bridge became impassable, boats could quickly reach the island from the docks, he explained.

Discussion of the dock system was one of the items on the agenda Tuesday for the commissioners’ regular meeting. Two county employees, one new, the other just promoted, were welcomed at the meeting.

Eugene Conlogue is Hancock County’s first county administrator. The former town manager of Gouldsboro, Millinocket and Houlton is to be paid an annual salary of $70,000 plus benefits, Joy said. With benefits, the county will be paying close to $93,000 annually to employ Conlogue, Joy said. The commissioner added that other expenses associated with the job are to be minimal.

Deputy Chris Thornton was promoted in a pinning ceremony to a lieutenant’s position with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. He replaces Pat Kane, who recently was promoted to chief deputy.

In other business, commissioners turned down Sheriff Scott Kane’s request to purchase a new cruiser for the department. The request will be reconsidered at another meeting, after some bookkeeping issues are resolved, Joy said.

“I want to know how much money we have before I spend it,” he explained.

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