KINGFIELD — Voters at the annual town meeting Saturday will decide whether to support over $1 million for downtown streetlights and a riverfront trailhead on Mill Street.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. June 3 at the Kingfield Elementary School.

Administrative Assistant Leanna Targett said the proposed budget of $832,104 is $7,006 less than last year.

Among the warrant articles is one to approve upgrading streetlights along Main Street from the Western Maine Pharmacy to Rolling Fatties restaurant in the center of town. The estimated cost is $237,538. The second section, from Rolling Fatties to Lord’s Bridge is estimated to cost $163,379; and the third section, from the bridge to Narrow Gauge Park, is estimated at $283,523.

The total, including other costs for the project, comes to an estimated $800,000, which would come from Tax Increment Financing.

The work will be done in coordination with the Maine Department of Transportation’s Route 27 reconstruction in 2019.


Neither the selectmen nor the Budget Committee recommend funding the project, but voters will have the final say.

Voters also will also be asked to allocate $220,000 from TIF for a Village Enhancement Capital Reserves account to pay for engineering, construction, surveying, acquisition, filing and transfer costs for a proposed riverfront trailhead on Mill Street.

The Village Enhancement Committee will give a presentation at the meeting and explain the reasons for their recommendations.

If approved, the funds will be managed by selectmen and must be spent by June 2019. Neither the selectmen nor the Budget Committee recommend the request, but again, voters will have the final say.

Other TIF funds requested include $69,000 for the Village Enhancement Streetscapes fund and $17,500 for the Sidewalks Reserve fund, including $10,000 for the Safe Routes to School sidewalk fund.

Other requests are for Kingfield POPS, Kingfield Festival Days, Webster Public Library and the Kingfield Historical Society.

In elections, two selectmen and three school board members will be chosen. Selectman Wade Browne is running unopposed for a three-year term. Selectman John Dill is being challenged by Richard Rose for a three-year term.

School board directors Kim Jordan and Julie Talmage are running unopposed. Director Peter Manning, whose one-year term expires on June 30, has declined to run again, so voters may elect a candidate from the floor. 

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