RIP-RAP WAS INSTALLED a little early on Miller Point as a miscommunication between property owners and contractors lead to work resuming work.

RIP-RAP WAS INSTALLED a little early on Miller Point as a miscommunication between property owners and contractors lead to work resuming work.

BRUNSWICK

After announcing an arrangement to work with the town in regard to continuing shoreline development at Miller Point Monday night, a miscommunication caused excavators to roll on Tuesday.

As part of the arrangement between the town of Brunswick and the Robert and Nancy King’s lawyers, work would not recommence until a formal arrangement had been drawn up.

Richard Knox is a Simpson’s Point resident and a vocal opponent of the installation of rip-rap along the 165 feet of shorefront property. Knox said he saw rip-rap being installed along the shore on Tuesday and notified Brunswick police, Town Manager John Eldridge and the town council chairwoman.

Eldridge responded Wednesday, saying that he believed the agreement made Monday was to wait on further work until the agreement had been formalized.

“We were told that the riprap work went ahead based on a miscommunication with contractor. We have been assured that no work will be conducted without our knowledge until the formal agreement is executed,” Eldridge said.

Robert King said he didn’t have knowledge of, nor did he authorize, the rip-rap work that was initiated on Tuesday.

“In fact, I and my counsel had given clear instructions after the town council meeting Monday night that no rip rap work be done until after we talked further with the Town,” King said.

According to King, the first he learned about the work commencing was from an email from Town Attorney Stephen Langsdorf Tuesday night.

King said he is shocked, upset and frustrated hearing this had happened after establishing a “very constructive working relationship between the town and ourselves Monday.”

King said that he was looking forward to moving on with the town in cooperation.

“As the property owner, I take full responsibility for what happened, and will do all that I can immediately to rectify it. I hope that we can re-establish that positive working relationship and recognize that the onus is on me to earn back the town’s trust,” King said.

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