2017-08-04 / Community

News Briefs

TOWER TALK — At its Aug. 14 meeting the Kennebunk Planning Board will consider an updated proposal for a proposed cell phone tower, to go on 33-acre lot owned by L. Dwight Water Corp. off Route 9 in Kennebunk.

In a July 20 interview, project developer Tim Dwight said he will present engineering evidence from Texas-based tower manufacturer Sabre Industries, that the proposed structure would collapse in on itself if it ever toppled over, meaning the tip would land only 87.5 feet from the base.

As proposed the tower would be 125 feet tall (a July 10 Post article gave an incorrect height), with a 15-foot aerial whip, for a total height of 140 feet. Planning board members have raised the height as an issue because local ordinances require a “fall zone” for towers that is 125 percent of the overall height. In this case, that would mean 175 feet, which would put the clear area across Hart Road and onto the abutting property.

In addition to the new fall zone engineering, Dwight said he plans to bring additional family members to rebut claims his is largely alone in advocating for the need, and that he may attempt to clarify the legal status of Hart Road, leading into the site.

“I am trying to keep that land undeveloped.

I am trying to keep it as conservation orientated as possible,” Dwight said.

BOSTON BRAVURA — Once again, the Kennebunks is getting love from publications whose purpose is to direct people toward the coolest things to see and do. In its latest issue, Boston magazine features a 12-page spread on “How to Eat Like a New Englander.”

Falling at No. 43 on its list of local seafood shacks, road-trip favorites, and modern eateries, the magazine shines its spotlight on the 135-acre Kennebunk Plains preserve, off Route 99 in Kennebunk, where even the feeblest flatlander can learn to forage for wild Maine blueberries like a native.

“This year’s crop is expected to be at its peak come mid-August through mid-September, so get your picking pails ready,” the magazine urges its readers.

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL — If Nina Pearlmutter, a resident of Locke Street in Kennebunkport gets her wish, the town, along with Kennebunk, will soon have another reason to celebrate.

At the July 13 selectmen’s meeting, Pearlmutter presented an idea for a fall festival, to be capped off by a grand pumpkin carving contest.

“The tourists who come here want something to do that time of year,” she said, adding, “It’s not like I want to see more tourists in town, but I’d like to see something that gets the tourists and people and children in town involved in doing something together.”

Selectmen unanimously endorsed the idea and referred Pearlmutter to the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel Chamber of Commerce to facilitate the concept to fruition.

In response to a July 31 enquiry, Chamber director Laura Dolce said she has been in touch with Pearlmutter, and while “we’ve been considering some kind of pumpkin event for a couple of years,” there will not be time enough to stage a fall celebration for this coming season.

NEW PIER, PART I — At a special meeting July 27, Kennebunkport Selectmen authorized having Town Manager Laurie Smith sign a contract with Baker Design Consultants of Freeport for “not more than $46,487,” to determine the best options for rehabilitating the Cape Porpoise Pier. Currently home to 120 moorings, the pier is said in the Baker scope of work to have “failing substructure elements.”

The “preferred alternative” will be to replace those supports while preserving most of the pier superstruture.

Borings will be taken to understand and evaluate subsurface conditions, while a geotechnical and topographic report will identify how the existing stone seawall at the site can be replaced or stabilized. Also in the report will be a plan for accommodating fishermen should the pier need to be shut down for any length of time, along with cost assessments the town can use in applying for grants to repay itself for the work.

NEW PIER, PART II — At their July 13 meeting, Kennebunkport selectmen approved a dock application to build a 4-foot by 65-foot pier with associated ramp and float extending into the salt marsh behind the home at 37 Langsford Road.

The proposal will now go to the planning board for further review and final approval. An agenda for the August 2 planning board meeting was not available on the town website as of July 31.

News briefs compiled by Staff Writer Wm. Duke Harrington. News tips and story ideas may be submitted to news@kennebunkpost.com.

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