Glenburn residents of many minds about one-way street

Posted July 14, 2011, at 11:35 p.m.

GLENBURN, Maine — Residents of Lucky’s Landing Loop argued over an unenforced ordinance making the upper part of the loop a one-way street at Thursday night’s Town Council meeting, and after nearly an hour of back-and-forth with the residents, the council voted to leave the ordinance as is.

Residents said the loop always has operated as a two-way road. Recently, notices were left in mailboxes on the inside of the upper section of the loop informing residents that they had to move their boxes to the other side of the street because the town found that an ordinance to make the street one-way had been on the books for some time but hadn’t been enforced.

The lower part of the loop is still two-way.

Some residents said that cars coming in opposing directions on the narrow road pose a safety hazard to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Having cars travel in only one direction gave more space but inconvenienced residents who lived on the far side of the loop and had to travel farther to get home.

Even a husband and wife who lived together on the road disagreed on how to solve the issue. She wanted the one-way route to travel counter-clockwise rather than clockwise. He insisted it would be best to just make it a two-way street, like it always had been before the ordinance was enforced.

In the end, councilors voted 3-2 to leave the ordinance unchanged and keep the upper section of Lucky’s Landing Loop a one-way road.

All but two in the audience left — some complaining to councilors on their way out — after this debate ended.

In other business, an easement freed up Context by Design of Bangor to complete plans for upgrades to the Cookson Lot recreation fields. The aim is to expand the playing fields and move them to more level ground, according to Town Manager Michael Crooker.

The project already has some councilors worried about finances.

Councilor Richard Cookson said the initial estimate was that the project would cost $9 million, and while that number may have been lowered by $1 million or more through recent adjustments to the plan, the town still could use that money in more vital areas, he said.

“These funds should be going toward educating not recreating our students,” Cookson said.

Councilors voted to allow Context by Design to go ahead with ironing out plans for the fields. The council will vote whether to approve the project once the company presents its final design and cost estimates.

“I just want the council to proceed very cautiously given the state of the economy and especially the state of the economy in this town,” Deputy Council Chairman Kevin Paschal said.

Also at the meeting, Jim Tower of Engineering Dynamics filled in the council on Ohio Street road work scheduled to begin Monday. Crews will be doing culvert, erosion prevention and drainage work for about 60 days on a 1½-mile stretch of Ohio Street, starting at the Glenburn-Hermon town line.

Tower advised any residents in the construction area to move back plants or rock walls within the 66-foot right-of-way because crews will be clearing both sides of the road as part of the ditch work.

That section of Ohio Street could be paved this fall.

The council also elected Michael J. O’Connor as chairman and Paschal as deputy chairman, as well as ex-officio committee members.

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