BUCKSPORT – One man is trying to stop the town of Bucksport from placing solar panels over the cemetery of a veteran and his family.
Emeric Spooner, a Bucksport resident, requested months ago for the town to put a fence around the cemetery of Revolutionary War Lieutenant Jonathon Frye and his family.
The town did so, but now Spooner is upset because the town now has plans to place solar panels on land near the towns wastewater plant.
“They can’t construct within 25 feet of a tomb burial. And they’ve already found them so it’s nothing to prove that they are there and so they’re looking the other way and they’re gonna go put the solar panels in anyway,” said Spooner.
We reached out to Bucksport Town Manager Susan Lessard, who was unavailable this week. We also reached out to Code Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Hammond, who is not taking any calls or interviews from media on this issue.
According to Spooner, the solar panels will be spread over the whole field which is all cemetery, but the town didn’t fence that part in. They only fenced in the Frye family.
Spooner said, “The solar panels have poles that go down six feet, and without testing that is what the law states they have to do and they’re just ignoring it. And they’ve already cut the trees down ready to go.” He goes on to say he has been working with the Code Enforcement Officer trying to explain the history of the cemetery to him, but said they still want to go through with installing the panels,”And then I said well ya know there’s law’s and I’m gonna have to come at you to fill out an affidavit and stuff for work stoppage,” said Spooner.
Spooner is all for solar panels and how they cut cost, but thinks the town could have picked a different spot. “There’s land right next to it that they could of gone to I mean there’s land all over town they could have gone to, but they’re insisting right on that without determining where the cemetery boundaries are.”