GLENBURN — The Town Council will hold a public hearing at 7 tonight on a proposal to relocate the access to Cedar Breeze South landing on Pushaw Lake.
The current 4,000-foot access from Pushaw Road — Cedar Breeze South — would be replaced by a 950-foot strip between Cedar Breeze South and Cedar Breeze Center known as Cedar Breeze Shores.
Town Manager Peter Chase said Monday that the shorter route would save the town at least $70,000 in road reconstruction, paving and future maintenance costs. Within the next 10 to 12 years, the town’s plan is to rebuild and repave those roads that were accepted as public easements in 1984.
Although there are no houses on the current access road, 18 year-round and 13 seasonal homes sit on Cedar Breeze South landing. About six year-round and seasonal homes are located on Cedar Breeze Shores.
Chase said if the council approves the proposal, the town would probably take the 950-foot strip by eminent domain. The land is part of an old subdivision developed in 1935 by G.E. and D.E. Eaton.
According to the town manager, if the access were relocated, the travel distance to Bangor for residents of Cedar Breeze South would increase by about a half-mile. He said residents would lose their second means of access during an emergency unless they maintain the current easement on their own. Also, the traffic volume would increase on Cedar Breeze Center and the first portion of Cedar Breeze North, which leads into Cedar Breeze Center.
Chase said he would recommend that the council not vote immediately after the public hearing to allow members to hear from other residents.