I have lived in Denmark, a beautiful community, since 1985. At the end of my road, in place since 1963 (by a subdivision plan submitted to Oxford County and approved by the town in 1963), there was a cul-de-sac.

My house is the next to the last on Shore Road. Two years ago, a neighbor took control of the last 120 feet of the road, by a deed submitted from the offices of Denmark’s town counsel, thus eliminating a town- and state-required cul-de-sac and my frontage. My driveway is now behind another’s property!

I complained to the town and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Town officials, it appears, will not engage because they say it is a private road – not really, because if a road is submitted as a subdivision prior to 1976, it is a public easement, according to the state. There is a public beach on this road!

The State Fire Marshal’s Office notified me in January that it had a positive meeting with Denmark. When I inquired what the result of this meeting was, there was no response from the state. Instead, this month the state advised me to contact the town for assistance! A classic vicious circle.

I assume most citizens respect and expect public safety. But when you ask, “Where do the fire apparatus and ambulances turn around or re-route in Denmark?” you never get an answer, from the town of Denmark or the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Ed Canney


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.