Rather than continue to pursue sole ownership of Little Mark Island and Monument, the town of Harpswell now plans to submit a joint application with The Presumpscot Foundation, which owns Harpswell’s Halfway Rock Light Station.
Harpswell has promoted one of its part-time municipal firefighters, Mike Drake, to serve as the town’s next full-time fire administrator. Drake replaces Arthur “Art” Howe III, who retired July 13 after six years on the job and nearly a half-century in public safety.
The town of Harpswell has at least one rival in its bid to acquire Little Mark Island and Monument from the federal government. The Whilde School, a Yarmouth-based nonprofit whose founder lives on Orr’s Island, hopes to use the property as a “hands-on learning laboratory.”
“Affordable housing” might be a pejorative term to some, but members of a working group appointed by the town of Harpswell say the community’s lack of it could lead to a host of future problems, including economic stagnation.
As the town of Harpswell continues to ponder the future of the administration building at George J. Mitchell Field, it is engaging the Midcoast Council of Governments to review options for the building’s use and estimates for rehabilitation or demolition.
The town of Harpswell is taking an initial step to explore the acquisition of Little Mark Island and Monument from the federal government, which is offering the approximately 1-acre Casco Bay island and its 196-year-old stone tower at no cost.
Central Maine Power is nearly finished with a project to upgrade more than three miles of power infrastructure leading to the Harpswell Town Office and surrounding facilities, according to the utility. The town needs the upgrade to make planned improvements such as a new office HVAC system and recycling center enhancements.
Completing the first major update to Harpswell’s comprehensive plan in nearly two decades will require input from a wide variety of local interests, said officials at an open house on Wednesday, May 24, designed to explain individual components of the plan and gather residents’ feedback and suggestions.