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Minutes - July 7, 2015

Planning Board Members

            Present: Holt, Bamman, Tadema-Wielandt, Fowler, McMullen, Legere (alternate)

Code Enforcement Officer -  Not present

Members of the Public -  Gordon Donaldson, Jay Fowler, Mike Jordan, Catherine DeTuede, George Powell & Thomas Linscott (Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry) , Stephen Salsbury (Herrick & Salsbury, Inc.)

Members of the Press  None

Secretary Pro-Tem

Since the Board had yet to elect a new slate of officers, Chairman Holt requested Vice Chair Bamman to serve as Secretary for the meeting.

Public Hearing: Site Plan Review and Shoreland Zoning applications for boat launch facility improvement proposed by State of Maine at Lamoine State Park

Chair Holt called the public hearing to order at 6:30 p.m.  After a brief overview of the project by the applicants the matter was opened for public comment.  After answering a few questions from Board members, and there being no further comments, Holt closed the hearing at 6:45.

July Planning Board Meeting

1. Chair Holt called the meeting to order at 6:45 pm and welcomed Richard McMullen as a full Board member. 

2. Consideration of Minutes for June 2, 2015

Legere indicated that regarding item 5.a. under Old Business, he recalled the vote being 3-2 as opposed to the 5-0 shown in the minutes.  Chairman Holt offered to investigate the matter and confirm the vote. 

Tadema-Wielandt (McMullen) moved to approve the minutes subject to the vote clarification.  Approved by vote of 5-0.

3. Code Enforcement Officer’s Report

a. Permits Issued –  report accepted

b. Enforcement Actions -  report accepted                        

4. Conservation Commission – No report

5.  Old Business

a.       Action re: State of Maine Boat Launch Project –

Site Plan Review

After reviewing the Site Plan Review criteria checklist and finding the project to be in compliance it was approved by the Board. 

Shoreland Zoning

After reviewing the Shoreland Zoning criteria checklist and finding the project to be in compliance it was approved by the Board. 

b.      Gravel Permit Application – HORPLand LLC  (Map 7  Lots 13,24)

No new information was provided by the applicant due to delays in the survey work, etc.  It is reportedly forthcoming and will be available in time for the August PB meeting.  The applicant acknowledged the current gravel permit has expired.  No action was taken. 

c.       Status of Jordan/Fowler gravel pit  (Map 7  Lot 16)

Jay Fowler came before the Board to explain that very little gravel (< 500 cubic yards) has been removed annually from this pit and he does not anticipate any change in the near future.  Fowler feels since it is used so little a gravel permit is not required.  After some discussion Holt indicated he would ask the current CEO to visit the property and report back to the Board for further consideration.  No other action was taken. 

d.      Updated Site Plan for Doug Gott & Sons commercial building site and B&H Pit  (Map 3  Lots 6,8)

Stephen Salsbury presented some handouts and came before the Board to explain his understanding of the sequence of rulings by the Planning and Appeals Boards involving these properties.  He did not present a new site plan as requested.  The primary concern involves a 10’ buffer between the two lots and the scope of the right-of-way.   After some discussion the matter remains unresolved.  At the behest of the Board, Holt is to contact the Selectmen requesting a review of the matter by the Town’s attorney.   No other action was taken. 

6.  New Business - None

7.  Ordinance Matters

a.  Gravel Ordinance

The board, with the assistance of former Board member Gordon Donaldson who continues to be involved in this process, reviewed Draft #8A of the Selectman’s proposed Gravel Extraction Ordinance.  The most recent changes to the document were considered first, followed by a cursory review of the entire ordinance.  After some discussion, Board members agreed to delve into it further for additional discussion at future Board meetings.  No action was taken. 

8. Other Public Matters - None

9. Election of Officers

There was some discussion about the scope of the Secretary’s job, with some members suggesting alternatives such as a non-member note taker, or assigning this task to an alternate member.  No actions were taken in this regard.  The Board proceeded to elect the following officers to serve from July 2015 – June 2016.

Chair – John Holt (5-0, Bamman (Tadema-Wielandt))

Vice Chair – Donald Bamman (5-0, Holt (Tadema-Wielandt))

Secretary    Chris Tadema-Wielandt  (5-0, Bamman (Fowler))

10. Next Meetings:

August 4, 2015

September 1, 2015

October 6, 2015

10.  Adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Donald Bamman, Secretary Pro Tem (July 2015 meeting)