2017-05-26 / Letters

Vote yes on Article 6 to fix Summer Street

To the editor:

A couple of years ago, we formed a neighborhood group here in Kennebunk Landing. At the time, the group had the single focus of reducing speeding on Summer Street, and with the help of our state and local officials, the speed limit is now a uniform 30 mph from town hall to Lower Village.

While working to make this change, our group has learned a great deal about what makes Kennebunk Landing a special place, notably its shipbuilding history and its architecture, which includes our most photographed landmark, the Wedding Cake House. We are grateful to the Brick Store Museum for helping us understand and appreciate these gifts.

Over the next year or two, we hope to raise awareness by erecting gateway signs welcoming visitors to Kennebunk Landing and placing circa signs (thanks again, Brick Store Museum) on our own properties, showing the date of construction, or in some cases, the period when the property was a working shipyard.

The group has now turned its attention to the sad state of repair of the road itself. The roadbed has exceeded its useful life such that repaving is no longer an effective fix – the new asphalt heaves and shifts, so a year or two after repaving, the road returns to disrepair.

The sidewalk has been crumbling for some time and large portions of it have disappeared altogether, or are under water after it rains, or thick ice in winter, creating very unsafe footing.

In addition, the function of Summer Street has changed over time, from a semi-rural road connecting Kennebunk Center to Lower Village to what is now a neighborhood street. We hope that a redesign will be more reflective of this fact.

We now have an opportunity, through a state matching program called the Municipal Partnership Initiative, to leverage our local tax dollars and fix what we consider a dangerous eyesore. On June 13, we’ll be voting in favor of Article 6 for Summer Street reconstruction. We hope you will join us.

Charlie Galloway, Carol Weeks, Sal
Gebbia, Dave Panico, Tom Murphy,
Jim Tirrell, Dan Lyons
Kennebunk

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