Group criticizes enlarging of trail

Posted April 12, 2010, at 11:52 p.m.

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — The Board of Selectmen heard an earful from the Lincolnville Conservation Commission at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting regarding the condition of a trail being enlarged in Camden Hills State Park.

The trail to Cameron Mountain — which is within town limits — is being enlarged by park workers to be part of a multiuse loop accessible to hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, horseback riders and snowmobilers. But some residents Tuesday expressed concerns about the effort.

“The ecology of that area is so delicate,” said Bob Heald, a member of the conservation commission. “I hope they redesignate it and don’t make it a multiuse trail. It’s a hiking trail now, and that’s where it ought to stay.”

He and others recently hiked the trail and said they noticed that heavy equipment had scarred tree bark, eroded the trail and torn up roots, among other damage. Because of this, commission members have written a letter to the director of the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands to request that all work on the trail cease at least until interested stakeholders can hold a meeting.

They requested that the meeting be held this month, and also said in the letter that they would like to walk portions of the Cameron Mountain multiuse trail to discuss their concerns.

Jim Dunham, chairman of the Lincolnville Conservation Commission, emphasized that ideally park and state officials would be willing to collaborate on changes to the trail.

“We love our park,” he said. “We hope that they will listen to us.”

In other business, town officials and those in attendance gave a quick round of applause when the motion passed that officially awarded a $745,727 contract to Catalano Construction to build the new fire station.

Architect Robert Fenney said that the 8,000-square-foot, eight-bay building on Camden Road just south of the Route 173 junction likely will be finished in November.

It has been a long time coming, said Selectman Cathy Hardy after the meeting adjourned. After the town received a $1 million gift from the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. — which is not a town entity — the proposal was voted on in November 2008.

“We’re excited, finally,” Hardy said, adding that it took some time to secure the correct permits.

Officials had gathered earlier Monday for an official groundbreaking on the site.

The selectmen also decided:

• To renew the liquor license for the Inn at Sunrise Point.

• To tear down, but not to burn, a structure at 276 Greenacre Road.

• To appoint Paul Crowley as an alternate member of the land use committee.

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