PROPOSED PURCHASE OF LAND ADJACENT TO THE BALLFIELD
In 2004, the Lamoine Public Works Study Committee
recommended that the Town purchase three parcels of land located behind the
Although the opportunity to purchase the parcels still existed early this year, the Selectmen felt that the issue should be deferred until after the March Town Meeting when the new five-member Board of Selectmen would be in place. The new Board reviewed the issue on March 31 and decided that the circumstances had not changed significantly enough since November to warrant reconsidering the previous decision of the Lamoine voters. However, they did agree that the purchase of one of these parcels, the three acre parcel presently owned by David and Melanie Miller, which is adjacent to the east side of the existing ballfield behind the Lamoine School, could benefit the Town in the long term. Therefore, they voted to include an article for the purchase of this parcel on the April 28 Special Town Meeting Warrant.
The most significant benefit of the purchase is related to a
possible need to expand the
At this point, it is not known whether a new school or
expansion and rehabilitation of the existing school will be required. In either case, the existing site is very
constrained as evidenced by the lack of adequate parking. The construction of a new school on the
existing site or the expansion of the existing school, including provisions for
adequate parking, would most likely encroach on the existing ballfield. The purchase of the three acre Miller parcel
would facilitate replacement of that portion of the ballfield required to
accommodate the necessary school construction.
In effect, the ballfield could be “slid” easterly onto the Miller
parcel. This would allow the