June 23, 2021

Please help Bald Rock

On May 25, please attend an important public hearing that will impact an outstanding scenic asset of Midcoast Maine. The hearing regards Gridcom-Unicel’s appeal for a cell phone tower below Bald Rock in Lincolnville.

On March 8, the Lincolnville Planning Board denied Gridcom’s application for the proposed tower because it would have an “unreasonably adverse impact” on the scenic view from Bald Rock. Their decision was largely based on the tower’s central location within that view. In Gridcom’s recent request for an appeal, the lawyer stated that “the Planning Board wrongfully denied the application.” He claims that portions of Lincolnville’s scenic view ordinance are “vague,” “ambiguous,” and “unconstitutional.”

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 25 at the elementary school in Lincolnville Center. The Lincolnville Appeals Board, Lincolnville’s attorney, and representatives from Gridcom-Unicel will be present. The hearing is open to the public, and the public has the right to speak. I urge you to attend this meeting if you have concerns regarding a highly visible tower in Bald Rock’s immediate view.

If you are unable to attend, please consider writing a letter that can be read at the hearing. This tower would only service those of us who live (or drive) along Route 1 from the Camden Hills State Park entrance to Lincolnville Beach (a five-mile stretch) and out a bit into the bay. For more information contact Jana Wood, Lincolnville’s code enforcement officer, at the town office at 763-3601.

Please help Bald Rock and all of the Camden Hills by circulating this letter among friends. Grass-roots action is powerful. Bald Rock benefits us all, regardless of where we live.

Lorraine Davis


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