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Minutes of July 7, 2009

PUBLIC HEARING 

Public Hearing on Site Plan Review/Commercial Building applications by Verizon Wireless. Map 1, Lot 58 – owned by the Town of Lamoine .

Chairman Pro Tem J. Holt called the hearing to order at 6:30 pm.

Board Members Present: G. Donaldson, M. Garrett, J. Holt, M. Jordan, C. Tadema-Wielandt CEO: D. Ford Members of the public in attendance: S. Anderson , C. Fredette, G. Googins, J. Googins, S. Marckoon, G. Sundt, L. Sundt.

C. Fredette presented an overview of the project and opened the forum to questions. In response to concerns that exposure to cell tower generated frequency waves of energy can damage health, C. Fredette offered assurance it cannot likely happen. Standing directly under the tower, exposure to health damage is 5.77 percent of the maximum allowed by the FCC. Even with the addition of other commercial antennas, the percent of exposure does not come close to the maximum limit.

G. Googins raised questions about safety (see above), a property issue (a disputed boundary line) and liability. The boundary issue is not within the Planning Board's purview. Liability insurance is carried by Verizon.

There being no further discussion, M. Garrett moved and G. Donaldson seconded a motion to close the Hearing at 7:07 pm. The Hearing was closed.

JULY MEETING AGENDA 

G. Donaldson called the meeting to order.

Election of Planning Board Officers for 2009 – 10.

Minutes of June 2, 2009. C. Tadema-Wielandt moved to amend “condition a.” of Verizon's Site Plan application to read: “The file needs to contain a letter from SHPO addressing potential (or lack thereof) archeological areas of historical significance.” The minutes were accepted as amended.

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

OLD BUSINESS 

Consideration of Verizon Wireless Site Plan and Commercial Building permit applications upon which a public hearing was held.

1. Site Plan review criteria were discussed and individually voted upon. M. Garrett moved and J. Holt seconded a motion to approve the permit with one outstanding condition. That condition is:

Lights on top of the tower shall be shielded underneath to prevent downward diffusion of light.

The vote in favor was unanimous.

2. Commercial Building criteria were discussed and individually voted upon. J. Holt moved and M. Jordan seconded a motion to grant the permit. The vote in favor was unanimous.

NEW BUSINESS 

Request for home occupation permit- Barbara Anton, Map 8, Lot 12-3-1. Since no applicant was present to explain the request, the Board did not consider the request.

ORDINANCE DEVELOPMENT

 

An ordinance development workshop will be held at Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at the Town Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Efforts will be concentrated on potential protection of water (quantity and quality) and on home occupation issues.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael F. Garrett, Secretary

PENDING COMMITMENTS

Tuesday, July 21, 2009. An ordinance revision workshop at Town Hall from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 – Monthly meeting. Town Hall. 7:00 pm