KINGFIELD — The town will have an empty school board seat on July 1, if no resident offers to serve.

At Monday night’s selectmen meeting, Administrative Assistant Leanna Targett said no one has announced an interest in running for the position.

Potential candidate must get at least 25 signatures and return nomination papers to the Town Office before April 20.

Beth Luce, who has served a three-year term, has declined to run again.

The town has four representatives for Regional School Unit 58. Besides Luce, they are Paul Orbeton, Julie Talmage and Chairwoman Kim Jordan.

Voters will elect representatives at the town meeting Saturday, June 4.

In other matters, selectmen completed their review of the 2016-17 budget proposals. The Budget Committee will meet at 6 p.m. April 11 to review recommendations.

Resident John Goldfrank asked selectmen to consider further review of the crosswalks that will be rebuilt when the Maine Department of Transportation completes a long-awaited Route 27 construction project. The project has been on hold, selectmen learned recently, but the Kingfield Road Reconstruction Committee has developed a detailed plan and signed an agreement to collaborate on a plan with the MDOT.

Goldfrank suggested that selectmen look at the changes the town of Wiscassett is considering. They will add off-street parking and new lighting. He suggested that the town officials review sidewalk lighting plans to be sure all were well-lit and safe, especially for handicapped individuals.

He suggested a sidewalk with a substantial curb could be built beyond the Main Street reconstruction that would provide better pedestrian access to the Post Office and Webster Library.

“Every little and large town that I know of has ADA sidewalks that are lit,” he said. “I just wanted to have some dialogue to get people thinking about it.”

He asked selectmen to give permission for Targett and the Road Reconstruction Committee to start a dialogue with the MDOT.

Board Chairwoman Heather Moody suggested he present his concerns to the Village Enhancement Committee.

Goldfrank said he wasn’t aware that the committee had discussed this issue.

“I haven’t seen any work from the Village Enhancement (Committee) to date,” he said.

Selectmen agreed that they and committees could take steps to review the issues with the planners at the state level.


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