TRENTON, Maine — Local voters will decide this weekend whether to accept $1 million in federal funding to build a seaside park at the local airport and a sidewalk along Route 3.
Trenton’s annual town meeting is set for Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19. Elections will be held Friday, with polls open from 1 to 7 p.m. at the town office on Route 230, while the open session will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the town’s elementary school.
The money for the sidewalk and park projects comes from Federal Transportation Enhancement grants and would be administered by the Maine Department of Transportation, Town Clerk Rachel Hyland said Thursday. She said the projects would not need additional money supplied by the town or state to be completed.
“There’s no local money involved,” Hyland said.
Hyland said the park project near the seaplane ramp would cost $200,000 and the sidewalk project would cost $800,000. The park project would be pursued first and would consist of picnic tables, a playground area, a dog walk and maybe a gazebo, she said.
The sidewalk would run along the west side of Route 3 from its intersection with Route 230 north toward Trenton Elementary School, which is about a mile away, the town clerk said. The length of the sidewalk would depend on how much could be built before the $800,000 from the grant runs out, she said.
Part of the sidewalk project would be coordinated with the reconstruction of the Route 230-Route 3 intersection, which MDOT plans to begin this summer and complete next spring, Hyland said. That project will include the addition of turn lanes and a traffic signal.
Voters also will be asked whether the town should accept a gift of 216 acres of land behind the Island Explorer’s Acadia Gateway Center on Route 3, which officially was opened earlier this month. Friends of Acadia owns the land behind the bus facility and is building trails on it that would remain publicly accessible if the town accepts the property.
As for the town’s budget, voters will consider on Saturday whether to raise $3.26 million for the town’s 2012-2013 annual municipal budget, which includes $2.78 million in education costs, according to information printed in the town’s annual report. The town’s tax rate of approximately $11 for each $1,000 of a property’s value is expected to stay roughly the same.
Only one race in the town’s local elections is contested, according to Hyland. Susan Sargent, an incumbent, and Elizabeth Hudson and Kevin Hallett are running for two available seats on the school board. School board member Charles Farley has decided not to seek re-election, she said.