Blue Hill selectmen seek funds to settle boundary dispute

Posted Oct. 30, 2009, at 9:13 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

BLUE HILL, Maine — Selectmen have proposed a property line agreement that will settle a decades-old boundary dispute at the town wharf in South Blue Hill.

For years, members of the Stevens family have maintained that a portion of the ramp at the wharf sits on their property. It had not been a serious issue while the family was living in the home on the property, according to Selectman Jim Schatz. But the property has been for sale for about a year and the uncertainty about the property line has become an issue in that sale, he said.

Part of the difficulty in the past, Schatz said, is that the old deeds make reference to landmarks that no longer exist. That has made it difficult for either side to prove where the property line is located.

Attorneys representing the town and the family have been discussing the issue for almost a year and have reached an agreement on the property line that is agreeable to both parties, Schatz said.

“They’ve created a line agreement that will settle this so that the town knows that the ramp is on town property,” Schatz said Friday. “We’ll know exactly where the line is.”

The ramp is an important part of the town wharf, which is heavily used by both commercial fishermen and recreational boaters. The agreement will ensure that they will continue to have use of the property and will avoid any potential disputes with future owners of the adjacent property, according to Schatz.

The boundary agreement includes a $30,000 settlement payment from the town to the Stevens family. The selectmen have set Nov. 23 as the date for a special town meeting where voters will be asked to approve the $30,000 expenditure.

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