KITTERY, Maine — A local man has chosen a unique way to pooh-pooh recent decisions by town fathers.
David Linscott, a plumbing contractor who lives in the neighborhood of the Shapleigh Middle School, has lined the roadside of his Manson and Stevenson road properties with 17 commodes of various designs and colors in order to voice his disdain for the closing of Frisbee Elementary School and the subsequent additions to the nearby middle school.
“Originally, it was intended to be a pretty obvious political statement toward the town,” he said.
Linscott claims the planning for the addition to the middle school did little for the consideration of off-street parking. As a result the road in front of the school was widened to allow for street parking, something Linscott said was not allowed in town until the project received a variance.
The road widening and following on-street parking has caused issues for Linscott and his neighbors, he said. He said people now wander onto his properties and now areas of his properties flood as a result in the changes to the road.
Linscott said he was present at all the meetings concerning the middle school project and the 17 potties stand as porcelain soldiers in a last-ditch effort to make himself heard.
“I was very vocal at all the meetings and went through the entire process,” Linscott said. “We were told, ‘Yes, we’re listening’ and then they did what they wanted.”
The toilets have surrounded Linscott’s properties like a ring around a bowl since late fall. He said he wanted his neighbors to know this is done as no slight to them.
“I feel bad for my neighbors,” he said. “I hope they don’t take offense to it.”
In general, Linscott said his silent, non-flushing protest has received support from the locals.
“We’re not asking for much,” Linscott said. “I just want to be heard.”
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