KINGFIELD — Without energy, interest and volunteers, the community could miss opportunities to bring visitors and economic opportunities to their part of Western Maine, selectmen reminded residents Monday night.
The board encouraged people to attend a talk by a representative from the Maine Downtown Network Communities, who will tour the town and speak to interested residents Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Webster Hall. The event is from 3-5 p. m.
At a September selectmen's meeting, Village Enhancement Committee Chairwoman Cynthia Orcutt reported that a summer intern, Grace Hooke, completed a survey of older structures and historical buildings in the downtown area.
Hooke photographed and described each of the 72 properties to determine whether the town would be interested in creating a historic district. The town might consider, in the future, ways to provide signage, information, maps and locations of walking trails. Orcutt had asked selectmen to consider the town joining the Network and had invited Eflin to visit Kingfield.
"We would become part of the network that includes a mixture of all size communities," she explained. "We also will get advice on working more efficiently together."
Maybe groups would have more strength and shared resources by combining their efforts, she suggested.
"Instead of separate committees working in separate groups, we could pool our resources and find new volunteers, which we all want," she said.
As part of the ongoing research to find additional sources of village area parking, Administrative Assistant Douglas Marble provided selectmen with information that confirmed the parking area and land behind the Herbert Hotel and Grand Central Station gives the town a deeded right of way only.
The town has done occasional maintenance, such as sweeping and plowing, over the past 20 years, board Chairman Heather Moody said, but the land had limited access.
"It's not to be used for automobiles, teams, sliding or skiing," she said.
The original deed from Herbert Wing included a right of way that was transferred to William and Diane Keoskie, current property owners of the Grand Central Station. The right of way extends from High Street to Main Street on the south side of the Herbert Hotel.
In other news, Moody announced that Mark Robie, a trustee on the Water District's board, would be leaving that position.
Selectmen will accept nominations for an interim replacement until the Water District board holds elections in June. Residents interested in the position may contact the town office.