2017-12-08 / Community

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FOOD TRUCKS OUT OF LUCK — With two existing permits due to expire at the end of the year, Kennebunk is moving toward ending its invitation for food trucks to set up shop the Waterhouse Center on Main Street.

“There seems to be an appetite, no pun intended, for food trucks in our community, but we don’t have town-owned property right now that’s really conducive to having food trucks,” Town Manager Mike Pardue told selectmen at their Nov. 29 meeting. “We are encouraging both [Waterhouse permit holders] to look for partnerships with other locals where they can place their trucks.

“We want to help fund a viable solution,” Pardue said, tossing out the possibility of a “food truck alley” on Garden Street, “but, quite honestly, we are spending an inordinate amount of time as staff trying to help these two businesses — far more, perhaps, than we’ve helped any other business that I am aware of. We don’t want to turn a blind eye. We’ve very open to the idea of food trucks. I think they’re wonderful. But we need them to partner with someone else someone else.”

In May, selectmen split 4-3 on allowing installation of 60-amp power service, paid for by the owner of one of the permitted food trucks, at the town’s open-air pavilion.

At that time, following a series of confused missteps over the size, number, and location of vendor spots, some selectmen reported having soured on the original vision of food carts serving Waterhouse patrons, saying they did not want the town get into the business of becoming a landlord.

Pardue said a proposal to amend the town ordinance governing food trucks will be presented soon to the three-member ordinance subcommittee of the board of selectmen. However, he stressed any change will not be a full on ban on food trucks, just a removal of options at the Waterhouse Center.

SKATE SWAP — According to Kennebunk Town Clerk Merton Brown, the town has 75 pairs of donated ice skates on hand for the upcoming annual skate swap, to be held Dec. 9 at the Waterhouse Center.

“We have from youth size 10 to adult size 10. So, it’s a good selection,” Brown said at the Nov. 29 selectboard meeting.

“The goal is to get kids, and some adults, on skates who otherwise might not be able to, and to carry on the generosity of Mrs. Waterhouse , which makes skating available at the Waterhouse Center,” said Brown, who co-manages the swap program with Linda Johnson.

From 11 a.m. until noon, on Dec. 9, residents can swap skates their children may have outgrown, or for any other reason, for any other pair on hand. Then, from noon until 1 p.m. remaining skates may be purchased for $10 per pair.

DONATION — The town of Kennebunk has received a $7,500 donation from the Flynn Family Foundation, to be divided equally among the fire and rescue department, the town’s general assistance program, and its emergency heating fuel aid fund.

Selectmen accepted the gift at their Nov. 29 meeting, to the accompaniment of a, “That’s amazing,” assessment from board chairman Dick Morin, thanking the foundation for its generosity.

Based in Kennebunk, the Flynn Family Foundation is a private grant-making organization founded in October 2015, with $1.78 million in assets, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

APPOINTMENTS — At their Nov. 29 meeting, Kennebunk selectmen appointed Edward Trainer to the town’s bicentennial committee, with a term ending June 30, 2019, and Grace Cain to the conservation commission, through June 2020.

Trainer, a Kensington Drive resident, is retired from the public health field.

He is a member of the Rotary Club and has previously served on the town’s aging and comprehensive planning committees. Cain, of Portage Way, works in retail and as an assistant preschool teacher.

ARREST — An Arundel man arrested and charged with OUI this past weekend drew and extra theft charge when a York County Sheriff’s Deputy found something unexpected in the back of the pick-up truck he’d pulled over.

According to a Dec. 4 release from Sheriff William King, Arundel’s contracted deputy, Christopher Woodcock, stopped Philip Daniels, 43, at about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, near Weirs Motors on Route 1, in Arundel.

In the back of Daniels’ 2000 grey Ford Ranger, Woodcock spotted what King described as “four brand-new tires on brand-new rims, as well as a brand-new white tailgate.

“The vehicle tires found in the back of Daniels’ pickup truck were an eight-lug bolt pattern and specific to three-quarter and one-ton GM vehicles,” King said, putting a retail value of $3,200 on the set. “Daniels’ Ford Ranger has a five-lug bolt pattern [on its tires] and is much smaller than a three-quarter-ton truck,” King added.

“When questioned about the tires and tailgate in the back of his vehicle, Daniels became uncooperative,” King said.

But just how Daniels came to be carrying brand-new tires not matched to his vehicle soon became apparent, as deputies quickly discovered a 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD pick-up truck in the Arundel Ford dealer lot nearby that just happened to be missing its tires.

No vehicle in the lot was found to be missing a tailgate, however, King said.

It is not the first time Daniels has been found with a pick-up tailgate allegedly not his own.

On Oct. 23, Arundel’s other contracted deputy, Gregg Sevigny, charged Daniels for theft of a tailgate from Arundel Ford — which makes Daniels’ alleged tire theft the second time he’s been charged with hitting the Route 1 dealership in less than two months.

In his most recent encounter with deputies, Daniels failed a field sobriety test. At the York County Jail, he was given a breathalyzer test, registering a blood-alcohol result King described as “almost twice the legal limit.”

In addition to being charged with OUI, Daniels also has been charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Bail was set at $100 cash for the OUI change and $5,000 cash for the theft. Daniels is scheduled to appear in Alfred Superior Court on Jan. 5.

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

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