Chebeague voters want parking lot talks to continue

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Residents on Tuesday voted to have the Board of Selectmen continue discussing construction of a parking lot near the Stone Wharf.

Races for seats on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee were uncontested.

Voters on June 9 approved the continuation of discussion 84-50. The results are non-binding, and will be used to guide selectmen.

The Great Chebeague Golf Club has offered to donate land across from its sixth green so the town could build 40 parking spaces to serve the wharf. The town has been discussing the idea since last year, but hasn’t determined a parking lot design or the cost. The proposal has required negotiations between the golf club and the Holmbom family, who live adjacent to the proposed lot.

Newcomer Pete Pellerin was elected to the Board of Selectmen with 117 votes while incumbent David Hill, who has held his seat for six years, was re-elected with 101 votes. There were 38 blank votes and several write-in candidates, who each received a couple of votes.

Pellerin was elected to the seat vacated by Donna Damon, who in March said she is “ready to take some time off.”

Pellerin, the owner of Maine Island Energy, has lived on the island for seven years and served on the Chebeague Recreation Center board. He currently is on the Chebeague United Methodist Church board.

“I am very honored to represent the community of Cheabeague Island,” Pellerin said Wednesday. “I look forward to helping the people of Chebeague, a community I am proud to be part of.”

Newcomer Jeffrey Putnam was elected to the School Committee with 129 votes, and incumbent Jennifer Belesca was re-elected to her fourth term with 126 votes. There were 13 blank votes and two write-in candidates, who each received one vote.

Putnam was elected to replace Ken Pelton, who did not seek re-election.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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