Author Archives: Chuck Denault

Kittery Point has their own sidewalk to nowhere. UPDATED………

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.

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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.




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“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.

chuckdenaultktc@gmail.com

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.

What can Kittery do to keep you in the know?

Time and time again we hear how someone did not know anything about something that was happening. Recently pesticides were sprayed in Kittery and many on social media were concerned that,

  1. They did not know what they were doing?
  2. What is it that there spraying?
  3. Why did we only get notified the night before?

The public’s concerns of not being notified is like a broken record. Do you remember when:

  1. The sold Wentworth Dennett School for well under the market value.
  2. Word got out about Jai Alai
  3. Rumors about where work force housing is going to go
  4. New Community Center in the Village
  5. The sewer abatement fees
  6. Chloramines

The list goes on and on. It is true that many people get the rumors, spin people up, misdirect things and don’t get it exactly right. Yet the word was out in one way or another and it seems never to go far enough. How do we stop that and get the word out?

Tonight at the Council during the comments and issues (at the end) I will bring up an idea that Kittery can explore that allows for reverse calls, via text, emails, phone calls .

I feel Kittery has taken significant steps to communicate yet we roll back to the same complaints. Are we doing enough? We try many things like web sites, twitter and emails.

  1. However, many do not sign up for emails.
  2. Many do not use social media or twitter
  3. Many don’t visit the Town hall or Post offices
  4. Things come up and they can’t be in the tax bill
  5. It seems we hear the same story time and time again.         
  6. We did not hear about it until the last minute
  7. I never received notification on it.
  8. It did not come out in a timely fashion for us to raise awareness
  9. Are you kidding me when did that happen.

I will suggest that the Council, residents and Town staff, have a workshop and explore new notification ideas or plans. Things like the Reverse alert system and perhaps we can use this service to keep the public better informed.

What is Reverse Alert? Reverse Alert is a new and enhanced emergency alert system that allows residents to choose the type of emergency information they want to receive. It is deployed in many areas. One article talkas a bout a the result of a partnership of free community alert services for local police and fire departments, as well as K-12 schools. The Reverse Alert will allow authorities to send emergency information to users by text message, email, hearing impaired receiving devices and phone call (business lines, cellular phones and home numbers). Authorities can also use the system to send non-emergency community alerts. Users can customize their profiles to receive alerts issues for areas near schools, nursing homes or any address. Reverse Alert also gives users the options to choose what skills they can volunteer during an emergency, identify their business type or list any special medical needs.

It may not be the answer but we should explore ways to get the word out and keep the public adequately informed.

This may not be the way to go but its about getting the ideas out there and finding a solution to minimize if not end the perception of the lack of information. Kittery has tried very hard to get the word out and it does not hurt to see if we can keep building on what we have done so far. I would like to catch the things that fall through the cracks.

Tonight I will bring this up under council concerns and issues. Channel 22 at 6.  Feel free to comment on social media. I can assure you it is watched.