2017-03-24 / Community

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CAMPAIGN SEASON, PART 1 — Nomination papers for elected office in Arundel became available on Monday, with one seat on the Arundel Board of Selectmen, one on the RSU 21 Board of Directors and three on the town budget board up for grabs.

All spots are for three-year terms except for one of the budget board seats, which is for two years. Voters will decide which candidates get their nod during municipal elections on June 13.

According to Town Clerk Simone Boissonneault, candidates must be residents of Arundel and registered to vote in the town. A minimum of 25 signatures from other registered Arundel voters are required in order to get on the ballot. Nomination papers can be picked up at the town office and must be returned before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

In response to emailed inquiries from the Post, incumbent Selectman Thomas Danylik and RSU Director MaryBeth Luce, who currently serves as board chairman, each confirmed they do intend to run for re-election.

CAMPAIGN SEASON, PART 2 — Nomination papers also are now available in Kennebunk, where the June 13 election will see voters weigh in on seven positions.

On the ballot will be two seats on the board of selectmen (now held by Deborah Beal and Christopher Cluff) and two on the school board (now belonging to Jeffrey Cole and Lionel Menard), as well as one trustee seat, each, on the Kennebunk Light and Power District, the Kennebunk Sewer District and the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District. The incumbents in the latter three positions are, respectively, Wayne Berry, John Price III and Bob Emmons.

Cluff confirmed Monday he has taken out papers and will run for re-election. Beal, however, cannot, as she is termed out after nine years on the selectboard. Menard said via email Monday he does intend to campaign for re-election, while Cole reported he is as yet “undecided.” None of the other incumbents could be reached before deadline for this week’s Post for comment on their campaign statuses.

Nomination papers, with at least 25 signatures from registered Kennebunk voters, from prospective candidates must be submitted to Town Clark Merton Brown before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1.

CAMPAIGN SEASON, PART 3 — Finally, as readers might have guessed, there’s also a election in Kennebunkport on June 13. Just two seats are on the table there, however. They include Maureen King’s spot on the RSU 21 school board and Ed Hutchins’ place among selectmen. Both Hutchins and King said Monday they do intend to run again.

The rules in the Port are the same as elsewhere — candidates must live in town and be registered to vote there, and must submit at least 25 signatures from other registered voters in order to get on the June 13 ballot. Nomination papers must be submitted to Town Clerk Tracey O’Roak by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1.

YARD SALE — The third annual community yard sale at the Waterhouse Center on Main Street in Kennebunk is just around the corner.

The bargain hunting lasts from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. The event is organized by Town Clerk Merton Brown and community volunteer Linda Johnson, with all money raised given to the Waterhouse Center Endowment, which helps provide free programs at the center for area youth.

“It also has become a social event with friends, neighbors and residents mingling on a spring morning in Maine,” Brown said. “Items range from useful household goods, to antiques, along with many whimsical items.”

As of Monday, March 20, just 13 of 35 10-foot square spaces remained available to rent, at $20, each. “If you’re thinking about renting a space, you need to act quickly,” Brown said.

The town does not provide tables, chairs, or electricity, so sellers will need to bring their own.

For more information, call Brown at 604-1326.

NEW FOOD — Three new food vendors will be coming to outdoor spots in downtown Kennebunk this season, following unanimous approval of permits by selectmen at their March 15 meeting.

Buckfield-based Piper Ranch (www.piperranchbeef.com) will be located at 1 Parsons Street. Patrons of the Kennebunk Farmers Market will recognize the vendor. According to Town Clerk Merton Brown, the new permit allows Piper to set up in town before and after the regular market season.

Meanwhile Texas Grace Kitchen of Kennebunk (www.texasgracekitchen.com) and Brake Time of Wells will each take up residency at the Waterhouse Center.

PERMIT PERMISSION — Kennebunk Selectmen have made some changes to the permits taken out by vendors who set up shop at the Waterhouse Center.

The new rules limit the number of carts to no more than four at any one time, but nearly triples the space each may take up, from 80 square feet, to 210. The edits also allow free-standing signs with a separate permit. A new application deadline for each year-long vendor permit has been set for Nov. 30 of each year, with selectmen now slated to grant their blessing by Jan. 1.

According to Town Manager Mike Pardue, the update to the town’s street vendors and peddlers ordinance does not require a public endorsement at town meeting.

However, one selectman not keen on the new package is Christopher Cluff, who had stumped for an increase in the permit fee, which remains unchanged.

“I have been opposed to our current Waterhouse peddler fees since I was on the ordinance sub-committee and we wrote this ordinance,” he said. “I believe the fees are too low, at $500 a year for a single space and $1,000 a year for a double space. That is not enough. I’d love to have my business pay $83 per month for rent, electricity and permitting.

“One of the applicants came to our selectmen’s outreach session last month and indicated that, before the Waterhouse ordinance amendments were proposed, he was getting ready to pay another business $500 per month to locate his food truck on their property,” Cluff said. “I’m not sure what the ‘fair market’ for one of these permits should be, but I still believe that it’s too low as it stands today.”

Still, Cluff said he voted for the new ordinance given that he recognized his was a losing cause, at present.

“I know there isn’t a lot of interest in the board on going up on this, so I didn’t push it hard,” he said.

PHONE FRENZY — At their March 15 meeting, Kennebunk selectmen got an earful about telephones — or, more specifically, about phone books and telephone poles.

Pam Jones, who lives near Gooch’s Beach, complained about the number of phone books she sees dumped around town and asked selectmen to enforce the town’s littering ordinance against Fairpoint.

“I see them everywhere,” she said. “I see them at empty houses. I see them piled on those neighborhood mailboxes. I don’t think they should come into town and just carpetbomb us with phonebooks. People don’t even use them anymore.”

Meanwhile, Sea Road resident Stephen Bowley questioned why the telephone poles on Route 9 near the Wells line are in such an apparent state of disrepair.

“I don’t why on the Wells side of the line it’s clean, but on our side of Route 9 it’s all half poles and extra poles and wires hanging,” he said. “For all the work we put into making this town look beautiful, that should extend to the roads coming in to town.”

Town Manager Mike Pardue said on Monday that he has followed up on both complaints, with Community Planning Director Chris Osterrieder and Code Enforcement Officer Paul Demers.

Osterrieder said Monday that the pole issue is related to work done by Central Maine Power, Time Warner and Fairpoint Communications to accommodate reconstruction of the Mathew Lanigan Bridge, and that he believed the poles and wires will be ship-shape by the time that project is done.

“CMP has essentially completed their work, Time Warner is working to address some conflict with the signals at Sea Road and Western Avenue and Fairpoint has not provided an estimate of their completion date as of today, although I expect to hear back soon,” he said.

Meanwhile, Osterrieder said there is little the town can do about the phone books. Fairpoint no longer distributes white pages, while the yellow page book is distributed by Dex Media.

Osterrieder said Fairpoint provided a number to Dex (877-243-8339), which residents can call to “opt out” of phone book delivery.

“I do also anticipate receiving an updated [internet] link from Fairpoint that would be appropriate to disseminate,” he said. “For the time being, I think it is safe to say that there are mechanisms in place to initiate a request to stop delivery of the phonebooks and the town is working with Fairpoint to identify all of the latest mechanisms.”

Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington. He can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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