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MINUTES OF THE LAMOINE PLANNING BOARD

September 11, 2007

Board Members Present: S. Branch, G. Donaldson, J. Gallagher, M. Garrett, M. Havey

CEO: D. Ford

Members of the Public in Attendance: L. Ahlblad, C. Brey, R. Brey, B. Brooks, K. Defusco, Jane Fowler , Jay Fowler, E. Hann, S. Hann, L. Harmon, J. Holt, A. Hunter, S. Hunter, S. Marckoon, J. McCormack, R. McMullen, S. McMullen, N. Musson, J. Pohlman, V. Smith

PUBLIC HEARING

Public Hearing: Commercial Building Application Permit, B. Brooks, Map 4, Lot 24-2. Chairman S. Branch called the public hearing to order at 6:30 pm. B. Brooks explained the permit request for a hay storage barn. Jay Fowler raised the issues of water drainage and setbacks from property lines. The hearing closed at 6:50 pm.

Board action on the Commercial Permit request on which the public hearing was held. The Board reviewed the ordinance criteria for a Commercial Building permit. Upon completion of the review, M. Garrett moved and J. Gallagher seconded a motion to grant the permit with one condition. The condition calls for Ms. Brooks to seek a letter from the Fire Chief indicating that adequate water is available to deal with a potential fire at the barn.

SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

Chairman S. Branch called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Minutes: The minutes of July 31, 2007 were accepted as presented.

CEO Reports: The reports were accepted and placed on file. A discussion ensued regarding jurisdiction of agricultural complaints like the one(s) filed by Jay Fowler. Alan Hunter of the Maine Department of Agriculture stated such complaints fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. He also stated that B. Brooks was “doing a good job” of implementing “Best (Farm) Management Practices”.

OLD BUSINESS

1 Subdivision/ Site Plan Review Applications – Sno Drum LLC, Map 3, Lot 27. Sno Drum's purpose for including this item on the agenda was for information only. The Board was presented with and reviewed the many “conditions/suggestions” accumulated by the Board and B. Mattson of the Maine DOT since the original application was submitted. At this stage, the Board neither approves nor disapproves of these “conditions/suggestions”.

2. Commercial Building/Site Plan Review Application – R. & S. McMullen, Map 4, Lot 21-A.

Site Plan Application. G. Donaldson moved and M. Garrett seconded a motion to find the application complete. The vote was unanimous. A Public Hearing is scheduled for 6:30 pm on October 2, 2007 at the Town Hall.

Commercial Permit Application. M. Garrett moved and G. Donaldson seconded a motion to find the application complete. The vote was unanimous 

NEW BUSINESS

1.  Request of E. Hann for a Building Permit Extension. The existing permit expires in January, 2008. E. Hann requests a one year extension. M. Garrett moved and J. Gallagher seconded a motion to extend the life of the permit to January, 2009. The vote was unanimous.

2.   DEP Communication re: W. Wright Subdivision. Having found Vernal Pools on approved lots, W. Wright will appear before the Board with a revised subdivision plan. No date is yet set.

3.  Gravel Pit Renewals. S. Marckoon presented the Board with a list of pending gravel permit renewals for the remainder of this year and into next year. R F. Jordan has a pit (Map 3, Lot 4) due for renewal by September 30, 2007. No mining is permitted after that date and until a permit request is submitted and approved.

In a discussion about renewing gravel pit permits, the Board decided to design a formal request for specific “additional information” to accompany the permit request. M. Havey volunteered to draft a letter which will be sent in the same mailing as a reminder from the CEO to pit owners about permit renewal deadlines. The ‘additional information' requested will require a color coded map indicating areas of past, present and future restoration, areas of extraction (past, present and future) and areas closed to further mining.

ORDINANCE DEVELOPMENT  

G. Donaldson submitted more “homework” in an effort to eliminate overlap and inconsistencies between the Building and Land Use Ordinance and the Site Plan Review Ordinance. The Board will hold a workshop dealing with his submissions following the October 2, 2007 Board meeting provided the regular business of that meeting is over by 9:00 pm.

The meeting adjourned at 9:32 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael F. Garrett, Secretary

PENDING COMMITMENTS 

October 2, 2007. Public Hearing at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall (Old Business, item # 2 above)

October 2, 2007. Monthly meeting of the Board. 7:00 pm at the Town Hall.