Park proposes survey

TREMONT — Acadia National Park officials are proposing to conduct a survey of a section of the town line between Tremont and Southwest Harbor, raising an issue that selectmen in both towns believed they settled in 2007.

At issue is the line between Ship Harbor and the Adams Bridge. Despite at least three surveys of the line, the latest in 2005, the park is calling for another survey, which Chief Ranger Stuart West said would paid for by the park.

West said this week, the park is “not comfortable with the current arrangement.”

The “current arrangement” is that selectmen in both towns have agreed that the 2005 survey conducted for Tremont by CES Inc. sets the line correctly. The town officials filed that survey in the Hancock County Registry of Deeds in January 2007.

“We want one more survey to ensure that is correct,” West said.

For now, money is not available for the survey. Park officials expect to get funding in the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, West said.

The entire length of the Southwest Harbor side of that section of the boundary lies in Acadia National Park. Park officials hope the new survey establishes that park boundary permanently.

“It’s us trying to clarify where our boundary is,” West said.

West said there are seven or so property owners on the Tremont side of the boundary. These people stand to lose or gain property depending where the survey sets the line. If there is disagreement, property owners have the opportunity to contest the survey, West said.

It was the loss of property that spurred Tremont’s survey.

Tremont commissioned the 2005 survey at the request of a developer who complained several property owners in his Bass Harbor Woods subdivision lost a portion of their lots in a recent survey by the park.

The town hired Mike Avery, vice-president of CES Inc., to conduct the survey. Avery’s results differed from the Acadia National Park survey primarily because two of the major landmarks – a large, blue rock in Ship Harbor and the Adams Bridge on Route 102 – had moved since the line between the towns first was established in 1905. Avery claimed that Plisga and Day, the company hired by the park, used the current positions of the rock and bridge when doing its survey.

Mike Blaney, who was the park’s land resource specialist, said at the time that he reviewed the CES survey and the park continues to maintain its survey is accurate.

“We still hold the Plisga and Day survey is as close to what the actual town line is as you can get,” he said at the time.


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