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MINUTES OF THE LAMOINE PLANNING BOARD
November 13, 2007
Draft Copy – Subject to Change

Board Members Present: G. Donaldson, J. Gallagher, M. Garrett, M. Jordan, C. Ohmart

Members of the Public in Attendance: S. Marckoon, S. Salsbury, K. Smith

Vice Chairman G. Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Minutes: Merely by twice changing the spelling of “Jordon” to “ Jordan ” the minutes were approved as presented.

CEO Reports: The CEO reports were accepted and placed on file.

OLD BUSINESS

  1. An informational letter from Sno Drum (Map 3, Lot 27) was received. The project will be fully presented to the Board on December 4, 2007
  2. A letter from Bangor Hydro stated the Hydro Electric Transmission Line project (for which Town Permits have been obtained) is begun.  

NEW BUSINESS 

  1. Gravel Pit Renewal Applications: By consensus, the Board deviated from the normal procedure of considering every review criteria for each of the five gravel permit renewal applications submitted. The Board reasons that most of the information sought (and previously accepted by the Board) does not vary from one permitting cycle to another and that Town administrative staff had reviewed the applications for completeness. The Board acted on the suggestion of G. Donaldson that focus be placed on the applicant:
    1. Showing on a map what work has been completed in the past three years.
    2. Showing on a map what work is proposed for the coming three years.
    3. Pointing out where the water level test wells are and publicly review the water level data for the past three years.
    4. Providing other information requested by the Board.

Using these guidelines, the Board considered permit applications for the following gravel pits:

RF Jordan – Map 3, Lot 4
H. MacQuinn – Map 9, Lot 13; Map 20, Lot 12.
H. MacQuinn - Map 7, Lots 7 & 9.
H. MacQuinn – Map 3, Lot 42
H. MacQuinn – Map 3, Lots 31 & 33.

Following this review, the Board made two decisions.

  1. M. Garrett will read the applications and report any missing information to the Board.
  2. A Site visit to all the above listed pits is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2007 Board members are to assemble at the Town Hall at 7:00 am . S. Salsbury will host the tour.

By vote of the Board, the Water Sampling report (Other Business) on Gott's Wood Waste site was considered out of agenda order to take advantage of S. Salsbury presence in the audience. The report, required every four months as a condition of the permit, indicates there is to date no deleterious effects of stump storage on the site.

M. Garrett briefly reviewed the history of this operation on which no stump grinding has yet occurred. The permit was issued in 2003. A “condition” of the permit stated D. Gott & Sons would chips stumps every two to four months. In the spring 2006, M. Garrett raised a question about the fact no grinding had yet taken place in spite of a large build up of stumps for storage. That letter elicited a written response from S. Salsbury, with the knowledge and consent of T. Gott, stating the pad for grinding would be completed in July, 2006 and grinding would take place immediately following. No grinding has yet taken place.

M. Garrett requested that S. Salsbury seek a timeline from T. Gott about when we might expect grinding to be done. Meanwhile, he requested that any further storage of stumps be discontinued (if it is still happening) until what is there has been ground.

  1. Turnaround Proposal, SWOAM, Map 5, Lot 16. K. Smith, representing SWOAM (Small Woodlot Owners…) present a plan to permit off street parking for those availing themselves of the educational opportunities inherent in the Frenchman Bay Conservancy's easement on the property.

After considerable discussion about who is the proper permitting authority, M. Garrett moved and C. Ohmart seconded a motion to instruct the applicant to seek authorization for the project from the Code Enforcement Officer. The applicant was advised the proposal should take into account criteria listed in Section 5 of the Lamoine Building and Land Use Ordinance. The vote was unanimous.

  1. Cell Phone Tower information. This information letter precedes the necessity for the prospective builders of the Cell Phone Tower (adjacent to Town's former Land Fill) to obtain a permit from the Board. Board members are asked to consider where, in the Building and Land Use Ordinance, this proposal ‘fits'.

OTHER BUSINESS 

The Board received and placed on file a letter from the Hancock County Planning Commission explaining the cost and benefits of membership in the Commission. An ensuing discussion led to questions about the “status” of the Lamoine Comprehensive Plan. For future reference, the Board requested S. Marckoon to find the time table for applying for State grants to communities seeking to update/revise Comprehensive plans.

ORDINANCE DEVELOPMENT 

  1. Revisions to the Lamoine Shoreland Zoning Ordinance were approved at Town Meeting in March, 2007. Subsequent submission to the State led the State to “add” several additional features to the Ordinance. These additional features require a public hearing prior to seeking their incorporation into the Ordinance at Town Meeting in March, 2008.
  2. G.. Donaldson and M. Havey continue to work on meshing application procedures for the Building and Land Use and Site Plan Review Ordinances.

The meeting adjourned at 8:29 pm!

Respectfully submitted: Michael F. Garrett, Secretary

5 gravel pit Site Visit – Saturday, December 8, 2007. Meet at Town Hall, 7:00 am.

Next meeting: Tuesday, December 4, 2007