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Lamoine Planning Board

Minutes of October 4, 2011

Planning Board Members Present: Holt, Bamman, Gallagher, Donaldson, Tadema-Wielandt, Jordan (alt) and Fowler (alt)

Code Enforcement Officer Present: D. Ford

Members of the Public S. Salsbury

  1. Chairman Holt called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
  2. Consideration of Minutes - Jordan suggested two factual corrections to the September minutes. After an additional typographical correction, the minutes were accepted as corrected (Gallagher; Tadema-Wielandt) Vote: 5-0
  3. Code Enforcement Officer's Report
    1. Permits Issued
    2. Enforcement Actions - Board members sought clarification on the Map 10 Lot 7-1A “building without a permit” which has still not been removed. The CEO issued a second Notice of Violation today to Strum/Cecere. The first notice was sent in late May.
  4. Conservation Commission – No member present
  5. New Business (moved up on the agenda to accommodate S. Salsbury)
    1. Gravel Pit Permit Renewal R.F. Jordan Map 4 Lot 8. -S. Salsbury presented an overview of work done in the past three years and projected for the next three years. He noted that “the first 20 feet is good packing material” and thus “the most valuable commodity” in this pit. The Board reviewed the application for completeness. Finding that information pertaining to all requirements was present, the Board accepted the application as complete, but requested that the applicant provide information on the depth of the test well. The Board also discussed the fact that this permit application contains no Restoration Plan. The Lamoine Gravel Ordinance requires that, in such instances, the “applicant shall pay to the Town of Lamoine 5 cents per cubic yard removed within the period of the permit”. (Section 8 D) The Board agreed to consider this matter at the next meeting. A site visit was scheduled for Oct 12 at 2 p.m.
  6. Old Business
    1. Abandonment of Raccoon Hollow Subdivision - A letter dated 9/1/11 from S. Joy pertaining to the abandonment of the Raccoon Hollow Subdivision was discussed. Holt read an advisory email from Maine Municipal Association suggesting that the Town file a Certificate of Abandonment that makes public the fact that Mr. Joy's subdivision permit has lapsed as of October 7, 2011. Moved (Donaldson, Gallagher) that the Board file a Certificate of Abandonment in the Raccoon Hollow Subdivision file kept in the Lamoine Town Hall and to inform the Assessors. Vote: 4-1 (Tadema-Wielandt) Donaldson noted that, when the Raccoon Hollow permit was issued, the Board placed the condition that Joy rebuild the entire length of Pasture Way to the standards indicated in the Lamoine Building and Land Use Ordinance (Pasture Way serves an earlier subdivision and is the access road to Raccoon Hollow). He questioned how the abandonment of Raccoon Hollow will affect the substandard road conditions on Pasture Way which has been an ongoing concern of residents. This matter will be taken up at the next meeting after Holt does some research into it.
    2. Citizen Survey - J. Holt announced that 229 Lamoine taxpayers returned the survey (approximately 20% return rate). He has almost completed compilation of the first section of the survey. He will hand the surveys on to Donaldson and Gallagher to type out the open-ended responses on page 2.
    3. Gott vs. Lamoine - No court date as yet been set.
  7. Other Public Matters
  8. Ordinance Matters
    1. Gravel Ordinance Workshop - J ordan, Fowler, Holt and Donaldson reported on the September 21 workshop and recommended that all members review and examine the Appleton Mining Ordinances as it contains a number of sections that would be worthwhile for Lamoine to consider adopting. Another ordinance workshop will be scheduled for November at our next meeting.
    2. Fee for signs. - The Board heartily endorsed CEO Ford's written recommendation to the Select Board to set the fee for a sign at $10.
  9. Next Meetings:
  10. Adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Gordon Donaldson, Secretary