I heard recently that the Tannery Committee had finally, at long last and after several years of deliberation, propelled itself to the conclusion that Camden’s former tannery property on outer Washington Street could indeed become the location of the Camden Farmers’ Market, as well as a neighborhood park — something that a large number of Camden citizens have been advocating for a very long time.

If this is so, then why, may I ask, is the (Oh, so yesterday!) “Free Land for Jobs” sign still pounded into the ground, taking pride of place, front and center, on the property?

And does the town still have its failed “Free Land for Jobs” marketing campaign posted on its website? I shudder to look.

For nearly a decade, I’ve tried my level best to get this never-a-good marketing idea forever sunsetted. And for the past three years, I’ve pointed out in letters to the editor and to town officials that it was time for the sign and campaign to go. To no avail. The sad little sign on Washington Street still boldly stands, proclaiming what is now (or should be) the past tense and broadcasting the failure of an idea wrong for its time. One might as well announce, “Welcome to Camden — Living in The Past.”

So I have a proposition. If the offending sign is removed by 8 a.m. Saturday, March 18, our company, Treekeepers LLC (which supported the concept of the Megunticook Riverwalk and park from the very beginning), will donate $100 to the Town of Camden’s emergency heating fund. But that’s not all. If by the same deadline a sign or banner is also erected announcing “Future Home of Camden’s Riverpark and Camden Farmers’ Market,” then I will increase the heating fund donation to $200.

Truth is, I’ve frequently thought about sneaking down in the night and removing the offending sign myself. The problem being that, although a bona fide Maine-licensed arborist, I have never operated a chainsaw (and never intend to, either). So, come on, fellow citizens of Camden! Step up to the challenge. Surely someone in town government (or otherwise) can figure out how to make this happen. Courage!

Nancy Caudle-Johnson, arborist, Treekeepers LLC, Camden