New town office proves unpopular



CRANBERRY ISLES — The idea of borrowing up to $459,000 to purchase property for a new town office was unanimously rejected by voters at the annual town meeting here March 14.

David Palavanchuck had offered to sell a residential property on Maple Avenue in Islesford.

“If the property is purchased by the town, it will use the main building for a town office,” the warrant article explained. “There is also potential for housing the Islesford Post Office on this property, either in a portion of the main house or in the detached garage located on the property.”

With the outcome of the vote, the town office will remain at its present location next to the village store on Main Street in Islesford.

Town meeting voters did authorize spending $80,000 for maintenance and repair projects at the Islesford town dock. That work is to start this spring. Voters also agreed to place $50,000 in a reserve fund for a proposed future extension of the dock.

Another $20,000 was approved for construction of a new float at the Great Cranberry Island dock.

Voters also authorized town officials to spend up to $20,000 on consulting services to help develop “a plan for passenger ferry and freight operations for the town.”

The town of Cranberry Isles owns a dock in the village of Manset in Southwest Harbor, and voters approved adding a fifth float there. However, no funds were appropriated for the project because installation of the float and the setting of additional moorings will not take place until the next fiscal year.

About 75 people attended the town meeting, including 57 registered voters, according to Town Clerk Denise McCormick.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

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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]
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