2014-03-14 / Community

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At a Feb. 24 workshop session of the Cape Elizabeth Town Council, Lynn Shaffer, chairman of the Fort Williams Charitable Foundation Arboretum Master Plan Committee, unveils plans for a Children’s Garden at the park, part of ongoing project to eventually encompass 15 landscaped sites at the park. (Duke Harrington photo) At a Feb. 24 workshop session of the Cape Elizabeth Town Council, Lynn Shaffer, chairman of the Fort Williams Charitable Foundation Arboretum Master Plan Committee, unveils plans for a Children’s Garden at the park, part of ongoing project to eventually encompass 15 landscaped sites at the park. (Duke Harrington photo) Centennial celebration

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council approved a permit at its March 10 meeting to allow St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, located at 885 Shore Road, to hold a special worship service at Fort Williams Park on Sunday, June 22. According to the Rev. Timothy Boggs, the event will commemorate the exact date of the church’s founding 100 years ago.

“Military personnel and other worshipers gathered under a tent at Fort Williams on June 22, 1914, with the blessing of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine under the name of St. Alban, a patron saint of Britain whose life is commemorated each year on June 22,” wrote Boggs in a Jan. 9 letter to the Fort Williams Advisory Commission. “That modest service has led, without interruption, to our current life as one of the most vibrant and healthy Episcopal churches in New England.”

The service, to be officiated by the Right Rev. Stephen Lane, current bishop of Maine, is expected to draw about 350 people.

Boiler or bust

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council gave its blessing March 10 to a school board request to build a 1,050-foot addition at the Pond Cove Elementary/ Cape Elizabeth Middle School building to house a new boiler plant. According to a Feb. 28 memo from facilities director Greg Marles, local ordinances required the council to give its OK before the school board could proceed to review by the planning board and permitting by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Bids for the project, estimated to cost about $580,000, will be opened April 3 at town hall. Construction is expected to start May 5 and include demolition of the existing plant, with work slated to wrap up by Oct. 3.

According to Superintendent Meredith Nadeau, the current boiler is 20 years old and operates at 75 percent efficiency. The replacement, a duel-burner system that could one day be converted to burn wood pellets or natural gas, will save the school department 10,000 gallons of heating oil per year, wrote Nadeau in a Feb. 25 memo to the school board.

Arboretum A-OK

Having previously reviewed plans at a Feb. 24 workshop for a children’s garden at Fort Williams Park, as well as a concept to improve views of Portland Head Light at the historic site, the Cape Elizabeth Town Council gave a formal green light to both projects at its March 10 meeting.

The $150,000 viewscape project was designed by Regina Leonard, a Topsham landscape architect who is responsible for the 2012 rebuild of Mill Creek Park in South Portland. The project is part of a facelift undertaken by the Fort Williams Charitable Foundation in celebration of the park’s 50th birthday this year.

Half of the funding came from an anonymous donor, while half was supplied by the town council in its role as the Portland Head Light Museum Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, the children’s garden, designed by Mitchell & Associates Landscape Architects of Portland and expected to cost $530,000, is part of the foundation’s ongoing arboretum project. Other components include the recently completed Cliff Side Walk area. The arboretum is expected to eventually grow to 13 additional landscaped sites in the park.

Scheduled to be built in 2015 behind the tennis courts on Farnsworth Road, using private donations, the garden could include a pond and stream, a stone seating circle for presentations, a meadow maze, birch tree fort and a fairy house building. Foundation calculations show the garden will require nearly $20,000 in annual maintenance costs.

Lease deal reached

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council has inked a lease deal for space at Fort Williams Park that will net the town more than $4,000 over the next three years.

The lease with Behavioral Health Resources, which already leases office space in the park building at 326 Officers Row, is for space in the “middle basement” area of the cellar. The lease, which starts at $110 per month, and increases to $115 June 1, 2015, stipulates that the space is “for storage only” and “can not [underlined and typed in caps on the lease] be used as office space.”

Seniors speak up

The Cape Elizabeth Town Council has

staffed its new Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, created Jan. 6 “to advise the town council on issues facing the over 60 population of the community.” Among its duties, the committee is charged with drafting a report, to be submitted by Dec. 31, detailing its “observations and recommendations for consideration by the council.”

Appointed to the seven-person committee March 10 were certified geriatric care manager Elizabeth Baillie of Fessenden Road; geriatric nurse Patricia Bredenberg of Fox Hill Road; retired educator and selfdescribed octogenarian William Marshall of Wildwood Drive; 42-year Cape resident and current retiree Bruce Nelson of Shore Road, who has served on local and regional historical groups; June O’Neill of Clinton Road, who is director of community outreach at Volunteers of American Northern New England; retiree Barbara Page of Starboard Drive; and Brett Seekins of High Bluff Road, director of the long-term care/senior living practice at Portland accounting firm Baker Newman Noyes.

“I was very impressed with the quality of the applicants, it was not an easy decision,” said Councilor David Sherman.

According to Councilor Molly MacAuslan, “close to 30 people” were interviewed.

Seeking property info?

Cape Elizabeth’s assessing department has set up a dedicated email address to handle requests for propertyrecord cards. To obtain a scanned copy of a property recordcard, email propertycards@capeelizabeth.org.

Win the lottery

Time is drawing short to apply for one of 23 seasonal board storage slots at Great Pond in Cape Elizabeth. Residents may apply for the berths, to be assigned using a lottery system, by March 21.

The Conservation Commission will conduct the lottery at 9 a.m. on March 24, in the ACP Conference Room at town hall. Winners will have until April 1 to pay the $20 permit fee. Any slots not paid for by then will be reassigned by a second-round lottery using entries in the original applicant pool. However, anyone who paid for – but did not use – a storage slot in 2013 will be eligible this year only if supply exceeds demand.

For more information, contact Town Planner Maureen O’Meara at 799-0115.

Game benefits volunteers

Members of the Cape Elizabeth Public Safety Departments will face off against the town’s high school hockey team at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Portland Ice Arena. Money raised at the seventh annual event with benefit the town’s Engine 2 Volunteer Fire Company.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students at the door.

‘Farms’ to open

The former Mobil On the Run store on Route 77, which closed Oct. 29 after Cumberland Farms Inc. bought it from Hampden-based R.H. Foster Energy, has been the site of much activity in recent days. The property, popularly known as Jonesy’s – for the gas station that operated on and near the site from 1963 until 2009 – waged a wellpublicized gas war for the last couple of years with the Cumberland Farms store located across the street, resulting in some of the lowest fuel prices around.

According to a Jan. 27 application to Cape Code Enforcement Officer Ben McDougal, submitted by Cumberland Farms Project Manager John Marth, the store, which got a $1 million makeover under its original owner sin 2008, will be completely renovated.

“The entirety of the interior will be demolished and remodeled per Cumberland Farms’ business model,” wrote Marth.

Changes will include new coolers, freezers and dry storage areas, as well as a new energy-efficient HVAC system and handicapped accessible bathrooms.

Outside, the fuel pumps will be replaced and tanks reconfigured to eliminate storage of mid-grade fuel.

“Mid-grade is achieved through the new blending-style fuel dispensers that are being installed,” wrote Marth. “The fueling facility is outdated and some maintenancerelated and safety-related items will be addressed.”

A “state-of-the-art dry chemical fire suppression system will be installed over the fuel islands, while new LED fixtures will reduce light pollution form the store.

On Tuesday, Marth referred questions about the store opening date, as well as plans for the current Cumberland Farms store, to Derek Beckwith of Warner Communications, a Massachusetts-based public relations firm. Beckwith did not return a request for comment by press time.

– Compiled by contributing writer Duke Harringon.

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