Harpswell, Brunswick head toward border talks

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HARPSWELL — Representatives from Brunswick and Harpswell are figuring out the details of the their first formal meeting since 2008 about the boundary dispute between the two towns.

The move came after the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government last week told them to work out a deal before going back to Augusta.

Town Administrator Kristi Eiane drafted a letter on behalf of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday to Brunswick Town Manager Gary Brown, requesting a meeting on a proposal Harpswell made to the state lawmakers last week.

The proposal would restore the historic town boundary while allowing Brunswick to retain jurisdiction over the clam flats that fall between the current and historic town lines – a compromise that representatives from Harpswell believe will satisfy both sides’ demands.

Eiane also proposed allowing the meeting to be open to the public, and having each town represented by no more than three to five people. She said in an interview that Harpswell’s team would probably consist of at least one selectmen and one member of the Carrying Place Assembly, the group that initiated the effort to revise the border.

Selectmen are expected to choose Harpswell’s representatives on March 3.

Brown said the Brunswick Town Council will discuss Eiane’s proposal on Monday, Feb. 28, and decide who will represent the town.

No meeting date has been set, although Eiane proposed March 8 or March 15 at the town office.

Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net