LAKE VIEW PLANTATION — It took 16 voters at the Lake View Plantation annual meeting nearly three hours to dispose of 44 articles. The biggest issue was the disposal of several pieces of equipment owned by the lakeside community on the shore of Schoodic Lake.
In several articles, voters were asked to authorize the assessors to sell a Case tractor with backhoe and plow, a John Deere tractor with lawn mower and the fire truck, in addition to leasing or selling the fire house.
During a lengthy discussion, residents indicated their displeasure with disposing of any equipment that the town owned outright.
Residents indicated several instances in which the equipment could be used in emergency situations. Rep. Robert Hussey Jr., D-Milo, told residents it was not legal to use public-owned equipment on private property.
Although not a unanimous vote, the article to sell the Case tractor was voted down. The other articles pertaining to heavy equipment were passed over as they appeared in the warrant.
During a discussion on the fire truck, Trask explained the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for having a volunteer fire department.
Fire Warden Stanley Reed will meet with selectmen to discuss the possibility of having some type of fire department for the village area.
Residents discussed purchasing property on which dumpsters could be placed on the Brownville end of Schoodic Lake. Voters authorized the selectmen to investigate the possibility further.
Elected plantation officials at the meeting were Barbara Reed, plantation clerk; Gertrude Curtis, plantation treasurer; Lois G. Trask, tax collector; and Frederick Trask, first assessor; Frank Matthews, second assessor; and Charles Artus, third assessor.
Voters approved the expenditure of $73,300, with $17,300 from various revenues being used to reduce the tax commitment.