Important Election for Kittery Water District February 10th, 2020

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