Town of Harpswell
P.O. Box 39Harpswell, ME 04079
Harpswell Select Board Action Regarding Negotiations with Harpswell Oceanic Center November 1, 2012
, the Harpswell Town Meeting on March 20, 2011 voted to adopt the followingarticle:
Art. 14 – To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into amultiyear lease, for business purposes, of Town-owned property at Mitchell Field. Saidlease, not to exceed 30 years, shall be with a person or entity licensed to do business inMaine and shall be located within that portion of Mitchell Field proposed for inclusionin the Marine Business District. The lease shall carry such terms and conditions as theBoard of Selectmen deems to be in the best interests of the Town.
Recommended by Selectmen
Soon after, Harpswell Oceanic Center, Inc., (HOC) met with the Board of Selectmen (Town)seeking an option to lease the entire 10.8-acre Marine Business District for both non-profitand commercial marine aquaculture uses. After finding that Selectmen’s authorization did notinclude an option to lease, HOC revised its request to seeking a long-term lease.For more than a year, the Town, in close association with its designated negotiator, heldextended negotiations with HOC. The guiding precepts: an arms-length agreement on basiclease terms at market rates and conditions consistent with the perceived risks of the overalltransaction.
Therefore, the Board of Selectmen, on November 1, 2012, adopts the following statement of findings and conclusion as its position on the status of negotiations with the Harpswell Oceanic Center:
The Board of Selectmen (the Town), as a group and through its designated negotiator, actingin good faith, has conducted negotiations to achieve agreement on “terms and conditions” of alease with the Harpswell Oceanic Center (HOC) for the use of the Mitchell Field MarineBusiness District;During negotiations HOC was informed by the Town of several critical issues regarding termsand conditions of the lease that had to be resolved before negotiations could continue; HOCresponded with certain terms and conditions of its own and HOC’s response was reviewed indetail by the Town’s legal counsel;
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