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Lamoine Planning Board
Minutes of September 6, 2011
Planning Board Members Present: Holt, Gallagher, Donaldson, Tadema-Wielandt, Jordan (alt) and Fowler (alt) Absent: Bamman
Code Enforcement Officer Absent: D. Ford
Members of the Public M. Keene and partner (arrived at 7:14 p.m.)
Chairperson Holt called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. and opened the Public Hearing on the Gravel Permit renewal application of Mike Keene, Map 4 Lot 41-A. No members of the public were present, nor was the applicant. Chairperson Holt closed the Public Hearing at 6:32 p.m.
Moved (Gallagher, Tadema-Wielandt) to accept the August minutes as circulated. Approved 5-0.
Holt noted for the record that A. Hessert had installed a septic system and a foundation prior to the issuance of a Building Permit after the Planning Board had, in July, specifically voted not to grant permission for Mr. Hessert to make these installations. Jordan noted that the fire tank (requirement for final approval of the subdivision permit) was completed prior to the two installations.
Both reports were accepted as written.
The Board reviewed the conditions from last month's “completeness review” and found that Mr. Keene has provided on the map a projected restoration area and has corrected the figure describing volume of gravel removed in the past year. Regarding the condition that he extend contour lines 100 ft. beyond the lot boundaries on the map, Mr. Keene requested that we accept the map as it was due to cost considerations.
Moved (Donaldson, Gallagher) to waive this condition. Approved 4-1 (Tadema-Wielandt)
Findings of Fact:
The Board's review proceeded routinely until Section 8D, Restoration. Following discussion regarding the possibility that more of the pit had been or could be restored, an initial vote on this criterion was 1 “yes”, 1 “no” (Donaldson) and 3 abstentions. Moved (Jordan, Tadema-Wielandt) to table the application until Mr. Keene could be present. Approved: 3 – 1 (Fowler) – 1 abstention (Holt)
No sooner had the Board taken this action when Mr. Keene arrived (7:14 p.m.). The matter was taken off the table by consensus. Discussion over the Restoration Plan ensued. Mr. Keene agreed that he could expand the projected restoration area along the SE boundary marked “as per agreement” (formerly Aubrey Davis property boundary) because it can no longer be worked. Other boundaries can still be mined, according to Mr. Keene.
Moved (Fowler, Gallagher) to accept this revised plan relating to Section 8D.
The Finding of Fact concluded with positive findings on all criteria with the condition that Mr. Keene submit a further revised map showing the enlarged Projected Restoration area.
Ordinance Revision Workshop: Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Donaldson handed out notes from the PB's “ongoing list” of possible revisions. He also recommended that members review the Mining Ordinances from the towns of Washington and Appleton.
Gordon Donaldson, Secretary