Swan’s Island: Ferry changes proposed

Karen Preston Griffin notifies us of an opportunity: There is an Invitation to bid on a 19-foot by 12-foot fiberglass float, currently owned by the town and located at the Quarry Wharf. “It is ‘Sold As Is’ and offers shall be clearly labeled Quarry Wharf Float and submitted to: Town of Swan’s Island, Attn: Selectmen, P.O. Box 11, Swan’s Island, Maine 04685, fax 526-4172 or email [email protected]. The bid opening is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26. For further information, call Gary Turner at 460-9143.”

Karen also reminds us that the town will be sending out invoices to all owners of boats and/or trailers stored in the Minturn “Bone Yard.” The storage fee is $100 from Sept. 15 to June 15.

As you’ve possibly noticed by now, the ferry Henry Lee has been replaced by the much smaller Everett Libby this past Monday, in order for the Lee to have required repair work completed. Please travel and plan accordingly. Dan McNichol, Port Captain for the Maine State Ferry Service, says that the MSFS plans to return the Lee as quickly as possible.

Jane Orcutt Savage provides us with the ferry terminal schedule for Thanksgiving Day: “The ferry leaves Swan’s Island for Bass Harbor at 6:45 a.m. and 3 p.m.; leaves Bass Harbor for Swan’s Island at 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.; leaves Bass Harbor for Frenchboro at 7:30 a.m.; and leaves Frenchboro for Bass Harbor at 8:15 a.m. On Thanksgiving Day, the Swan’s Island terminal office hours are 6-8 a.m. and 2:30-3 p.m.; the Bass Harbor terminal hours are 7-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m.”

Donna Wiegle encourages us to attend a public hearing on Nov. 28 in Belfast and to educate ourselves prior to the hearing “regarding the Maine State Ferry Service’s request to be able to impose a surcharge (undisclosed amount) on our current ferry tickets prices, should they encounter a shortage of revenue.

“They would only require 21 days’ notice to customers informing them of a ferry ticket increase that will last 180 days and could be extended to an additional 180 days. If approved, this means they can raise our rates at any time.”

The proposal is posted on the MDOT website, maine.gov/mdot/rulemaking. Follow the link for Chapter 602.

“Talk to our ferry advisory board members, Kathy Clark and Sonny Sprague, to see what they are doing on our behalf to oppose this,” Donna said. “We must voice our concerns against this.”

The hearing is held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue in Belfast.

MDOT’s notice of public hearing states, “The proposed Rule 602 would establish tolls that are consistent with the tolls as they are currently set out in Tariff #8. This Rule would also allow for surcharges on said tolls if the costs of the MSFS increase or ridership decreases causing a shortfall in operating funds.” Please check the notice for specific information on how to submit arguments, written data, views, and comments by Dec. 12.

Happy Birthday to Gary Hoyle, Becky Davis, Peter Phillips, Marissa Rozenski, and Carol Haller. Anniversary Blessings to Paul and Ruth Joy and Spencer and Wendy Joyce.

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Kimberly Haller

Kimberly Haller

If you have news to share, email or call me by Sunday noon if you need it to be included in the following edition. Email me at [email protected]or call me at 526-4488.

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