Several residents of Gore Road were present at the September 2 Gray Town Council meeting to discuss the poor condition of a .116 mile portion of the roadway at the Raymond border. That section, on which there are six properties, is considered private and not maintained by the Town of Gray. According to the residents present, it is nearly impassible during certain seasons and they asked the town to consider taking over ownership.
Gore Road resident, Sharon Young spoke explaining that the residents of the public area of the road need to traverse the dilapidated portion to get to their homes, or detour through other private roads to avoid it, thus creating extra wear and tear on other private roads.
Public Works Director Steve Lavallee spoke to the Council noting that he does plow the road in winter to insure that emergency vehicles have access, but that he has no further authority to maintain the road. He also explained that the road was repaired to proper town standards about 20 years ago, but when the residents living along the stretch refused to provide the required right-of-way easements to the town, it couldn’t be made a public way.
It appeared that the council, Lavallee and the residents present would all like to reach an amicable solution to the issue and will discuss it further when Dave Getchell, the road commissioner for the Little Sebago Lodges Association can be present; he was out of town on business on Tuesday.
Another cog in the works is the fact that the Raymond side of Gore Road at the town border is also private and in poor repair. The council asked Town Manager Cabana to contact the Raymond Town Manager to see if perhaps the towns might work together to find a solution. Cabana agreed to make the contact noting that she had done so regarding Gore Road a few years back and was told that there was no interest on the part of Raymond to address the issue. It is Young’s hope that “Cooler heads will prevail now and that some resolution will come.”
Doug Webster presented the proposed job description for the new planner explaining that the new hire would, in addition to working with the Planning Board, perform some economic development duties including staff support to the Community Economic Development Committee. Cabana plans to post the position within the next week, with Webster commenting, “We need the right person with the right personality, even if it takes some time to find that person.”
The council approved, with conditions, a liquor and special amusement license to Brian and Susan Dickinson new owners of the Tailgate Bar and Grill, Located at 61 Portland Road. The approval is contingent upon final inspections from the code officer and the public safety director. The Dickinson’s will be at the helm by mid September and emphasized their intent to keep the current staff. They will be painting and renovating, and in Susan’s words, “We’re hoping to restore the family friendly atmosphere and provide couples a nice place to hang out.” She also noted that they are working on ‘ramping up the menu’ with new specials, and that they plan to be open seven days and eventually expand to lunch service. Brian explained that they plan to keep weekend music and that he is looking forward to getting involved with community; perhaps sponsoring some youth sports teams. The Dickinson’s are new to the pub business, but have been looking for just the right place for the past five years. According to Susan, the Tailgate fit the bill and she and Brian are looking forward to the opportunity to work together in the business.
After a second reading, the council approved an amendment to the Gray Parking Ordinance which bans parking on the south bound side of Shaker Road from Central Maine Power Pole#5S in a southerly direction to the North Raymond Road intersection. The ordinance takes effect in 30 days and is hoped to reduce some of the traffic issues at the North Raymond Road intersection with Shaker Road.
Don Hutchings spoke to the council suggesting some sort of public forum to discuss the future of Stimson Hall before the vote in November. It is expected that the council will discuss the idea further at a future meeting.
Cabana announced that the Public Boat Ramp on Little Sebago Lake will close on September 15, 2014 for repairs encouraging anyone who is dependent on that access to get their boats moved before the closure. She also announced that a candidates’ forum is being planned for September 9 at the Gray Town Hall council chambers.