Letter: Mere Point a poor choice for Brunswick public access

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As the Brunswick Town Council considers the sale of the 946 Mere Point property, we believe that a right of way through the property should not be included, nor should a land trust or similar organization be considered as a buyer, for the following reasons:

• The steepness of the bank and unsupported footing would preclude any clammer from hoisting a heavy bucket of clams up that incline.

• Any clam seeding or aquaculture activities can be done from the sea; no need for land access.

• Parking cars on curvy Mere Point Road would be dangerous to bikers, joggers and walkers alike. There are often up to eight cars owned by clammers or wormers parked on the side of Mere Point Road across from the Prindle property, where there is access to the bay.

• Any right of way through a property makes the parcel difficult to sell and diminishes its value.

This property has challenging safety issues and is a poor choice for public land due to the precipitous bank to the rocky shore, poor parking and proximity to neighbors in an established neighborhood. It is suitable only as a building lot for a homeowner, the proceeds of which could be used as determined by the town manager. To sell to a public organization would in effect negate the intent the Town Council had in its Sept. 19 vote: to sell the property to a private buyer to develop as a home site and put the property back on the tax rolls.

Jack & Judy Bauman

  • Chew H Bird

    I am not taking a “position” on this letter, but once the decision to put the property up for sale was made, it is not fair to come back to the town and limit who (or what entity) might purchase the property.

    As for easements, I believe there is a grave site that should have an easement granted for access. I could be wrong about the grave site, but if it exists and easement for access to it should be put in place as a simple courtesy for family and friends. Nobody should ever be denied access to a burial plot.