In order to address the misinformation that some our circulating in the community, Jeff Thomson has announced that, if elected, at his first KWD Trustee meeting on Thursday morning he will make the following motion:
from: Jeff Thomson
“On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the KWD Board of Trustees re-affirms the Trustee vote of June 13, 2019 that chloramines will NOT be introduced as a treatment to Kittery drinking water now or in the future”.
Below are the roads of the people in the original water district who can vote. All you need is your id or drivers license or water bill. You can vote for Caroline Rose of Jeff Thomson. Doors open at 7:30 and close at 4:00 pm.
TOWN OF KITTERY
Office of the Town Manager
200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904 Telephone: 207-475-1329 Fax: 207-439-6806 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kendra Amaral Town Manager
January 29, 2020
Senator Mark Lawrence, Representative Seth Berry
Members of the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology Legislative Information Office
100 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
RE: LD 1877 – An Act to Amend the Kittery Water District Charter
Dear Honorable Members of the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology,
I am writing to offer comment on behalf of the Town of Kittery on LD 1877, An Act to Amend the Kittery Water District Charter. The primary purpose of LD 1877 is to empower all Kittery Water District (KWD) customers in the governance of the district.
The original charter, enacted in 1907, did not empower customers added through expansion of the service, to elect or serve as Trustees. In the ensuing 113 years, the number of disenfranchised customers represents a significant segment of those served by KWD.
As proposed, the amendment expands the eligibility of KWD customers to serve in the role of Trustee, and most importantly grants all eligible customers the opportunity to decide who will lead the district. Additional changes proposed, codify the manner in which election of Trustees will occur and makes steps towards standardizing the election process. The Town of Kittery is supportive of these amendments.
Though not in the current version of LD 1877, the Town wishes to express its opposition to any amendments that would result in the Town administering or co-administering the KWD’s Trustee election. The Town is aware that municipally administered or co-administered elections were discussed during the drafting of LD 1877.
Not all Kittery residents are KWD customers, and not all KWD customers are Kittery residents. Combining Town-administered elections (municipal, state and/or federal) with KWD Trustee elections, will jeopardize the Town’s ability to administer a fair and efficient election.
KWD’s most recent election was held on November 5, 2019, coinciding with a municipal election. We experienced significant voter confusion both outside and within the polling location, and complaints from voters and poll workers alike.
In conclusion, the Town of Kittery supports the Charter amendments as currently proposed in LD 1877 and asks that no amendments be made to link the municipal elections with KWD Trustee elections. Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Sincerely, Kendra Amaral Town of Kittery cc: Kittery Town Council Michael Rogers, KWD Superintendent
On February 10th, 2020 the residents who live on the following roads will have a right to vote for the next Kittery Water District Board of Trustee. Currently there is a plan moving forward to allow all Kittery Water District customers a chance to vote but that will not be in effect at this time. OURKITTERY has taken the time to list all the roads of the people who have the right to vote for a person with integrity and to ensure that the water from the water district stays affordable and clean as it has for the last 100 plus years.
Jeffrey Thomson is running for the opened seat on the Board
of Trustees. I have worked under Jeff for over 25 years as a Town Employee and alongside
of him for seven. I may not always have agree with him, but he brings
experience, institutional knowledge, loyalty to Kittery, he is irreproachable, moralistic
and I will attest he is not part of any group. He has connections that will be
advantageous to the water district both here in Kittery and in Augusta.
the other candidate is Caroline Rose. A Kittery resident and Mom and a friend of Current Trustee Julia O’Connell. An outspoken critic of the Kittery Water District.
These two candidates are running for the Open KWD Trustee seat to fill the remander of the term until 2021,
The water quality in Kittery and the management of the Kittery Water District should not be taken lightly. It has been perfect for over one hundred years and should remain so.
This is an important election. Please be concerned about the misinformation being put out there by certain groups and people. We should all stick with the facts and OURKITTERY will be keeping you informed with more information as we near the election.
The information for the public hearing for all customers to
have a say in the water district is:
The following roads are included with the Original Water
I know, I know, you just went through an election. However this one is important. This election is the Kittery Water District Election to fill an upcoming opening on the Board of Trustees.
On FEBRUARY 10th, only certain people will have the right to vote for a person to be on the Kittery Water District Board of Trustees.
People in the original water district will be the only people who will be allowed to vote. Even though there is a Charter change is going thru the Maine State Legislature to expand voting eligibility, it won’t be in effect for this vote in February. At the end of this article I will list the area of those who can vote for this important position.
To start with, Kittery and Eliot does have clean, plentiful, reasonably priced water. Kittery has never experienced a ‘boil water order’ in the over 100 years of the Kittery Water District (KWD) existence. Fortunately, we don’t live in Flint, Michigan folks! Never a hint of corruption or malfeasance-so let’s keep it that way.
Jeff Thomson has indicated to the KWD that he would like to fill that position. Jeff Thomson has served as a member of the Kittery Town Council for over 22 years, and been involved in key project development and completion in Kittery. Planning and construction of the Transfer Station on Rte. 236, Traip Academy addition and renovations, and a member of the building committee for our own town gem-the Community Center-and served as the Chair of its first Board of Directors. Jeff also has experience with quasi-public/private entities and nonprofits. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Warner House in Portsmouth and served eight years as a member of the Maine-New Hampshire Interstate Bridge Authority-appointed by former Governor Angus King.
As the Foreside and Kittery continue to undergo dynamic changes, stable leadership and institutional knowledge is essential in this decision-making position on the Kittery Water District Board of Trustees. The Kittery Water District needs this type of leadership.
Voting on February 10 takes place at the KWD on State Road between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM for customers living in the original 1908 District. People can call the Kittery Water District (KWD office) to see if they are eligible to vote.
We need someone who is not inexperienced or lacks historical context. Our water supply management is too important to be involved in experimentation and ‘let’s try this’……
Do your home work and ensure your vote counts and you are not voting for part of another problem. Kittery and Eliot needs a person who has proven time and time again that the residents come first and communication is requirement.
After all, it’s your water and that means everything.
Eligible voters include anyone in Foreside, Admiralty Village and both sides of Pepperell Road up to Chauncey Creek Road (not including Chauncey Creek Road) – essentially anyone living between Spruce Creek and the Ocean. If you are not sure you live in the “approved area” please call 207-439-1128. There are no absentee ballots, so you must show up at the Water District to vote.
Kittery Water District will be holding an election for the position of Trustee on Monday, February 10, 2020 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at its business office at 17 State Road, Kittery, Maine. All persons interested in running for office should file Declaration of Candidacy papers with the Kittery Water District no later than January 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. To be eligible, you must reside within the corporate limits of the District within the Town of Kittery, which area is described in greater detail below.
LEGAL NOTICE: the Kittery Water District will be holding a public hearing to discuss proposed changes to its 1907 Charter. The meeting will be held at the Kittery Community Center on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.
Below is a description of the territory that covers legal voters from their website:
Bounds Describing the Territory of Said Legal Voters of Said District
This describes the Original District of the Kittery Water District
The following described territory, and the people within the same, namely: so much of the town of Kittery in the County of York, beginning: At a point on Chauncey’s creek directly south to the base of Tenney’s hill, so called, and extending northerly to the tracks of the York Harbor and Beach Railroad; thence westerly by said railroad tracks to the west bank of Spruce Creek; thence northerly by said Spruce creek to the Post road; thence westerly by the Post road to James’ corner; thence north-westerly by the Spinney road to Spinney’s creek; thence southerly and easterly by Spinney’s creek, the Piscataqua river, Pepperell cove and Chauncey’s creek to the point of beginning, shall constitute a body politic and corporate under the name of the Kittery Water District, for the purpose of supplying the inhabitants of said District, and likewise of the remaining portion of said town of Kittery, with pure water for domestic and municipal purposes.
Those living within said bounds and of legal age, were constituted legal voters in said district
A red Laird paddle board went missing from 28 Badgers Island West. This occurred between Monday’s 10/14 and Wednesday 10/16 before the storm. A police report has been filed but if anyone sees it or can help get it back, it would be helpful.
Any information Would be helpful. Contact Julie Pendleton on Facebook, the Kittery Police or ourkittery.com
After hearing from concerned citizens who expressed the frustrations of the new sidewalks to NOWHERE in Kittery Point, (déjà vu) I went to the old Frisbee Store (Bistro 1828) to see for myself. I met with a couple of local Kittery Point resident. I also met with a potential new resident in the near future. A few others stopped and appeared to be taking pictures of the mess.
I was perplexed once again how this intersection came to be. If you have not noticed, there are new curbs blocking the entrance near the old gas pumps of the old Frisbee Store. New sidewalks have been built that connect the nowhere sidewalk at the parking lot at Pepperrell Cove Restaurant and the Bistro 1828. Yes! there are entrances into the parking lot but one of the curbs looks like a bicycle jump. See the pictures.
While I was there, a truck drove over the curbs edge and once again, I see the AROMA JOE’S FIASCO coming to life again in Kittery Point. I saw a car try to turn around and pull into the parking lot across the street and while turning left tire tracks near the edge of the not yet constructed curb.
Across the street on the Pepperrell Terrace side, I saw sidewalks and entrances as well as TWO parallel exits. These two exits could eventually lead two vehicles to turn into each other and perhaps into the third one from the opposite side.
A saw a new fence and arborvitaes that were added and one resident told me, “wait till the plowing season comes and how long will that fence last? Who paid for this fence and did the Town make these people pay for it?” I was asked.
The sidewalks that one resident told me they believed was forced onto the new entrepreneurs of the property, really goes nowhere. It makes no sense. Sidewalks block the area where the old gas pumps once sat. A sidewalk lines the opposite side of the street so why on the Bistro 1828 side?
One resident told me that you can pull up to the Post Office and get your mail and then you need to negotiate turns into and out of a parking lot blocked by curbs if you want to turn around. “Where was the logic behind that” the citizen said. The resident added, where will they turn when the parking lot is full?
There was a feeling the new owners won’t complain since they had to agree to all these extra demands to get the business going. A few asked and questioned if they have to pay for this? It is not their property and they don’t want to upset the planning board”. he quipped. “isn’t this Town property, did the planning board design this and why are we doing this to these people?”
Sadly I don’t know enough of what is going on here, but I hope others are paying attention to this situation. Another resident said there parking on the grass next to the tomb and she was upset that the Town knows it.
Here are pictures I took today to illustrate the area. I will raise it during Council Concerns and see what is going on.
“The Town should stop this and revisit it before its too late” a resident added and “we are are supposed to be business friendly”?
Look at this picture from another Kittery Point Resident.
Let me know your thoughts. Should this be reviewed? As always, ourkittery is keeping you informed.
UPDATED! Many ideas have been floated, like brick stamped pavements painted for the trolley or Shuttles to park at. They exist out in front of TB Banknorth. Planters or other low profile structures. One can’t even drop of their seniors and then go park without being in the road. I asked the following questions as given to me by many residents. Here is what I asked to have answered. Town Manager Amaral can help us with the answers.
I brought it up during Council Comments and Issues. I have since heard more, like they were required to have a shuttle or trolley and the parking spot was in front of the Bistro. Now they had to put in a curb and the parking of the shuttle or trolley or even the delivery trucks are now in the road and they are allowed by law to do this. How is the traffic affected now. I will be reviewing the tapes of the meetings and as soon as I have them, I will post them. Here are the questions I asked. I am sure there are more but I could not right them down quick enough. Anyone concerned about this situation should contact the Town manager 207-475-1329 or Kamaral@kitteryme.org or the rest of the council.
Pepperell Cove Questions 1. Why does the property owner need to pay for curbing that is on town property?
2. Has any thoughts been given to delivery trucks?
3. Has any though been given to the patrons of the post office and how they turn around?
4. Has any thought been given to IBH Independent Boat Haulers and others who come to the open parking lot and wait for their turn to launch a boat?
a. Usually parking in the big parking lot while waiting
5. Where in the code does it require extra things to be done to a property when it complies with the code?
6. Who designed this intersection?
a. Did the planning board design this?
b. Did the planner design this?
7. There are 6 distinct areas of impact if there was a vehicle accident.
a. Pepperrell Cove exit
b. Bellamy Lane exit
c. Vehicles from the East Rte 103
d. Vehicles from the west Rte 103
e. Pepperrell Terrace
f. The Pepperrell Cove parking lot
i. 1 Single exit
ii. 1 Entrance and exit.
8. Is there anything that can be done?
9. Are these property owners being treated fairly?
10. Is this how Kittery defines Business Friendly?
11. Who pays for this when it is damaged?
12. Who is responsible for damages or injuries?
13. How does a trolley or shuttle work with this set up?
14. How do delivery trucks drop their deliveries,
a. Park on the road?
Today I heard that the boat haulers who pay the Town to use the boat ramp can’t make the turn. Now they have to re-cut the corners that have been already done. I hope we don’t lose money on hauling boats now.