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Lake View proposes to buy boat ramp from Brownville

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 166, No. 34, August 25, 2004

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE Assessors from Lake View Plantation proposed last week the purchase of Knight's Landing boat ramp and parking lot from the Town of Brownville.

Assessors attended the August 18 meeting of the Brownville Selectmen to seek information about the property and to explain their goal.

"The (concrete) boat ramp is to the point of disrepair," Lake View's First Assessor Fred Trask said. He explained that two thirds of the Lake View population uses the boat ramp, and the assessors would like to explore the purchase of the property, along with expanding the parking lot and putting in a seasonal dock.

A seasonal dock and additional parking spaces would enhance the area, the assessors said.

Brownville's selectmen expressed openness to discussing the idea, but stressed that the townspeople would need to vote at a town meeting before the property could be sold. Brownville Town Manager Sophie Wilson added that the town may include a covenant on the deed, if the property were sold, that the boat ramp remain for public use.

Lake View assessors said improvements would benefit Lake View and Brownville residents alike.

"It's a win-win situation," Trask said.

He added that Lake View voters also would need to consider the purchase at a municipal meeting before it could be finalized. Trask said Tuesday morning that there will likely be an warrant article on the Sept. 23 annual meeting agenda to see if there is any interest in the purchase.

"This is one step of many and we need to start some place," Trask said.

The parking lot area is about 190 feet by 160 feet, he said, and the ramp is 58 feet by 29 feet. He said the property includes 51 feet of shore frontage.

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