ST. GEORGE, Maine — Residents gave their strong support Monday for spending $810,000 to buy a waterfront parcel next to the town-owned pier.
Residents voted 245 to 104 at the polls to approve the acquisition of 10 Cold Storage Road, which is located next to the existing pier in the village of Port Clyde.
“This is a rare and unique opportunity to expand waterfront access and to position the town to manage that access,” a committee that studied the proposed purchase recommended in an April report.
The committee had pointed out that the town owns only 183 feet of waterfront property along 125 miles of shoreline in the peninsula community.
The property totals nearly two-thirds of an acre and has two piers — one 100 feet long and the other 70 feet long. There also are two concrete launching ramps, a two-story garage and several sheds.
The property, which is owned by a trust for the daughters of the late Konrad Ulbrich, is assessed for taxes at $1.1. million.
The committee that studied the purchase said that repairs of up to $250,000 are needed for the larger dock.
The town’s harbor committee recommended in August the town buy the property.
The town plans to maintain waterfront access for commercial fishermen but also would allow for expansion of recreational boating access.
Also on Monday, voters elected Randall Elwell to the Select Board and Jennifer Garrett to the School Committee. Elwell was elected through write-in votes for a vacant seat since no one was on the ballot for the position. The seat had been held by William Reinhardt, who resigned to serve on the town’s newly created School Committee.
Garrett was unopposed on the ballot for the school seat.