April 19, 2019

Medical center offers to buy or lease town’s athletic field

JONESPORT — The Arnold Memorial Medical Center has offered to purchase or lease a portion or all of Jonesport’s athletic field for the purpose of constructing a new septic system. The system would be outside of the playing area of the field.

Dr. Steven Weisberger said he was not prepared Monday to outline what plans the medical center had for possible expansion of its facilities on Main Street, adjacent to the athletic field.

Selectman Keith Church confirmed that the board gave the medical center written permission last week make a soil test at the athletic field for the purpose of installing a new septic system.

“Last summer, when the center was experiencing problems with its septic system, Bill Keegan (the center’s president) came to me and asked if he could get an easement or some additional town land to accommodate a new leach field,” Church said. “I suggested one way of resolving the problem was for Keegan and his board to ask the town to lease or sell part or all of the ball field.”

On Monday, May 8, at the annual town meeting, Jonesport residents will decide to what extent the center should use the field.

Church said Jonesport and the towns of Beals and Addison should do “whatever it takes” to help the medical center improve its basic physical facilities and services to area residents.

Representatives of the center are discussing ways and means for obtaining federal grants that could be used to make some of the improvements, Church said.

Donald Stewart said Jonesport’s taxpayers annually contribute $1,000 to the center, while Beals and Addison each contribute $500.

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