SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Selectmen on Tuesday voted to limit the number of vendors at the Manset Corner turnout to two on any one day and moved forward on plans for new public restrooms and the Charlotte Rhoades Park.
Town officials have been working on amendments to the parking ordinance designed to regulate vendors selling items from vehicles parked in the turnout on south Main Street.
Safety is the primary concern. The turnout attracts sightseers as well as people stopping to purchase items from the vendors. Its proximity to the busy intersection of Main Street and the Seawall and Bass Harbor roads makes the location especially hazardous.
Under the ordinance, permits would be issued to up to six vendors. Each permit would allow that vendor to set up shop in the turnout from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. either on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. As proposed, three vendors could occupy the turnout on the same three-day period. Selectmen decided that was one vendor too many.
“I’d rather start with two,” George Jellison said. Fellow selectman David Minctons agreed.
A motion to amend the ordinance to reflect two vendors instead of three was approved in a 4-0-1 vote. Selectman Lydia Goetze abstained because she owns property at the turnout.
Town Manager Don Lagrange pointed out that selectmen always can change the ordinance if warranted.
“I’m not sure anybody believes this will be the final draft,” he said.
Selectmen also have been working on replacing the public restrooms on Village Green Way. On Tuesday, Lagrange asked them for guidance on the type and number of restrooms.
The board gave Lagrange the go-ahead to proceed with developing a design that would incorporate two unisex bathrooms, a storage area and a waiting alcove.
A deed restriction involving the Rhoades House at Charlotte Rhoades Park has been eliminated, and the property is now owned in full by the town, Lagrange reported. This clears the way for the structurally unsound home to be razed and replaced by a building that better suits the needs of the park.
Chairman Dan Norwood said he and other board members would like to know what those needs are. Conservation committee member Ann Judd agreed to make a list.