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Town Votes To Sue Neighboring Community Over Border Dispute

YORK, Maine - A Maine town has voted to take legal action against a neighboring community in order to settle a disputed border. The disputed area between the towns of York and Kittery includes nearly 330 feet of frontage along U.S. Route 1.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that current maps show a line that weaves back and forth slightly, but York selectmen contend a straightline border drawn in 1653 is the legally established boundary.

Kittery officials argue that the current border is reflected in "all relevant contemporary and historical documents" and the 1653 line was imposed and enforced by a militia and is a departure from boundaries documented before and after.