News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 5, 2018
Island selectmen plan for joint meetings

by Rich Hewitt

Selectmen from the two island towns are planning to meet to begin discussions on issues of mutual interest.

The Stonington selectmen have previously raised the possibility of joint meetings with their counterparts in Deer Isle, and at their Monday April 2 board meeting, John Robbins renewed his call for the sessions, this time with Deer Isle’s new town manager, Jim Fisher, in attendance.

“I’d like to get together with the Deer Isle selectmen,” Robbins said. “It would be nice to—maybe every three or four months—get together.”

Fisher told the Stonington board that the Deer Isle selectmen were interested in the idea, and he came prepared with a list of issues and areas of concern and asked the Stonington board to name a few issues they would like to discuss. Not surprisingly, their lists matched up pretty well. Among the issues of concern were: shellfish management, roads/transportation, schools, the community center, trash disposal, emergency services, affordable housing and workforce housing.

Although the Deer Isle selectmen are interested in beginning a dialog, Fisher said it has been difficult to find meeting dates other than their regular Thursday night sessions. He said he could include the Stonington contingent in the agenda for any one of those meetings. For their part, the Stonington board signaled its willingness to travel to meet, but did not set a specific date for that first session.