Parking solutions sought by town

TREMONT — Problems at three parking sites in town and possible solutions were discussed Tuesday at a regular selectmen’s meeting.

The matter was placed on the agenda at the request of Selectman Stewart Murphy. Murphy said there are serious issues at the old Reed Store lot, the Bass Harbor Memorial Library and the Seal Cove Ramp.

The Reed Store lot is next to the Bass Harbor Post Office. In the summer, the lot is so full that it’s difficult for a vehicle to make the turn at the intersection of Harbor Drive and McMullen Avenue, Murphy said. Selectman Kevin Buck echoed that concern, noting that it’s especially difficult when towing a trailer.

Putting coping stones or another barrier to keep vehicles from parking so close to the corner was one suggestion to make the turn more user-friendly for drivers.

Town Manager Dana Reed pointed out that there might be more parking available on the Reed Store lot than is currently being used.

“If I understand the deed correctly, you’re not using all that lot,” he said.

That led to a discussion about dedicating a section of the lot for use by homeowners on Gotts Island, which is part of Tremont. Selectman Jamie Thurlow noted that the lot is used primarily by people traveling to Swans Island or Frenchboro.

“Gotts Island people complain they pay [property] taxes but don’t get parking, yet outer islands don’t pay taxes and get parking,” Thurlow said.

The problem at the Bass Harbor Library is that people park on both sides of the Bernard Road. At times, the roadway is so narrow it’s hard for a vehicle to get through, Murphy said. He called for allowing parking on only one side of the road.

There is a similar problem at the Seal Cove Boat Launch Ramp, Murphy said. Reed suggested that painting lines for parking spaces could ease congestion.

In other business, selectmen approved the purchase of a new snowplow, two electric overhead door openers for the town garage and a three-year agreement with Virtual Town Hall for updating the town’s website at a total cost of $4,500.

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