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Lamoine Gravel Ordinance Working Group
Minutes of June 25, 2014 (Draft, subject to correction)
Chairman Gary McFarland called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM.
Present were Group Members Valerie Sprague, Richard McMullen, Jay Fowler, Steve Salsbury, Michael Jordan, Gary McFarland, Donald Bamman (arrived 6:04 PM), David Legere (arrived 6:10 PM); Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Planning Board member Gordon Donaldson, Ellsworth American Reporter Taylor Vortherms, Laurie Lennon, Karen Hood, Walter Grenier and Kathie Gaianguest. Group member Perry Fowler was unable to attend.
Minutes – June 5, 2014 – Steve moved to approve the minutes as written. Jay 2nd . Vote in favor was 5-0, Jordan abstained, Bamman and Legere had not yet arrived.
Final Report – Gary thanked those members who had submitted their input for the final report. He noted that some items presented by Gordon Donaldson were handed out this evening in regard to possibly regulating small and large pits differently and information captured on the gravel application.
Gary began a review of the four topic areas that had been discussed in previous meetings. Stu noted that the draft report he prepared was simply a draft as a starting point for discussion and there was no obligation to adopt any of it or in the format that was offered. (Please note the discussion below is general in nature, and specific changes to the final document have been incorporated directly into that document).
Setbacks – Valerie said she would like to see it mentioned in the final report that an option is to have the setbacks remain at 100-feet. There was discussion about how the setbacks have changed over the years and Jay said the increases have put more and more gravel off limits to the property owners. Valerie said perhaps abutter permission for a lesser setback could address the issue. Jay said the Mike Keene pit was a good example of how the setback has harmed pit owners. Gary addressed the memo from Gordon Donaldson in regard to regulation of pit size. Jay noted that most pits have no abutting residences. Michael noted that the DEP already regulated pits by size. A discussion followed regarding different standards depending on pit sizes. A discussion then followed regarding materials used for restoration of slopes. The final discussion on this topic involved using the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance definition of a fresh water wetland in regard to setbacks.
Restoration – The group discussed the administration of the payments to the restoration funds at length as well as the requirements or lack thereof. A few changes to the draft report were noted.
Water Monitoring – No change to the draft language on water monitoring issues was proposed.
Permitting Process - Michael suggested better defining what exactly a gravel pit means, noting that even on a large residential building, the excavation for a foundation could be considered as needing a gravel permit because of the amount of material excavated. There was a discussion about how to define the intent of the ordinance, including consideration of the length of time an area is excavated, and the commercial uses of the material.
Final Draft – Gary said there would likely be a special meeting for the Selectboard sometime in the coming months to address the issues that will be presented in the report. Don noted the Selectmen should be free to ask any group member about the issues raised in the report.
Steve moved to present the report draft with the changes approved this evening to the Board of Selectmen. Jay 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:15 PM.
Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen