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Lamoine Planning Board
Minutes of January 8, 2013 (Regular Meeting)
Planning Board Members Present: Holt, Bamman, Tadema-Wielandt, Gallagher, Fowler, and Donaldson
Members of the Public: P. MacQuinn, S. Salsbury, E. Bearor, M. Walsh and M. Deyling (Summit Engineering) 4-6 members of the public.
Holt suggested that it would be prudent to take time to consider the new information and points of view expressed at the Public Hearing and come back to our February meeting to discuss it, determine if there's new information we need, and so forth.
E. Bearor asked that the applicant have an opportunity to present their application, including their responses to points that were raised tonight, and that the Board be given time to “digest” their presentation before we need to deliberate.
The Board and applicant representatives discussed options for proceeding in such a way that all concerns are aired and all parties have ample opportunity to respond. We will try to get all concerns on the table at the February meeting so that a direction forward can be set.
P. MacQuinn expressed frustration that the applicant's experts attended the Public Hearing and were not given a chance to speak. Holt noted that this was not part of the plan nor was it raised in his communications with S. Salsbury prior to the hearing.
E. Bearor noted that Mr. Manring's comment in the hearing that a Board member had approached him was a concern, adding to Holt that, “We still have concerns about your participation” (in reference to the applicant's request that the Chair recuse himself from the proceedings). Holt responded by describing his interchange with Mr. Manring which occurred prior to the application being filed. He spoke with Mr. Manring when he, Holt, was in the neighborhood on other business; the nature of his remark was to inform Manring that MacQuinn was likely to approach him about a boundary agreement as MacQuinn had indicated in a previous Planning Board meeting.
Holt (Tadema-Wielandt) moved to amend the draft (Section 8A1) to include a 50 foot “by agreement” reduction of the 100' buffer strip between the gravel pit owner and an abutting landowner. After considerable discussion, Gallagher (Donaldson) moved to amend the motion to have this option apply only to permit holders or applicants whose applications are under consideration as of March 13, 2013. After further discussion, Donaldson and Gallagher withdrew the motion to amend.
Vote on the motion: 2 in favor; 2 opposed (Donaldson and Bamman); 1 abstention (Gallagher) The draft will stand as written.
Donaldson (Gallagher) moved that we circulate the draft revision for public review well prior to the meeting on the 22nd .
Adjourned at 9:42 p.m.
Gordon Donaldson, Secretary