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Planning Board Minutes - March 2, 2005

Chairman G. Donaldson called the meeting to order at 7:00pm

Board Members Present: S. Branch, G. Donaldson, M. Garrett, M. Havey, B. Jones C. Ohmart

Code Enforcement Officer: D. Ford

Members of the Public in Attendance: D. Crawford, L. Tadema-Wielandt

Minutes: Minutes of the February 8, 2005 meeting were accepted as presented

Code Enforcement Officer's Report: The reports were accepted and placed on file. Since the new owner

(M. Keene) of the “Aubrey Davis” Gravel Pit (Map 4, Lot 41) has not applied for a Gravel Pit permit within

the two months allotted him, the CEO was instructed to issue a notice of violation.

The CEO stated he has received two inquiries about requirements for placing trailers on lots which cannot be septic system certified. The Board agreed a permit is required. As part of the permit, a plot plan showing the dimensions of the gravel pad to be constructed must be submitted. The size of the pad should be proportionate to the size of the trailer. Fur the r, the Board holds the pad to be a structure as defined in the Building and Land use Ordinance. The permit fee is determined by the square footage of the pad/structure.

Conservation Commission: L. Tadema-Wielandt cited two pending Commission activities.

•  On March 16, 2005 at 7:00pm at the Town Hall, a solid waste program titled “Trash Talk II” will be sponsored by the Commission. The public is invited.

•  On May 7, 2005 , the Commission will sponsor the Second Annual Roadside Cleanup.

Details about time, place and other requirements will be forthcoming.

OLD BUSINESS

  •  D. Crawford's Request. Map 3, Lot 19. D. Crawford's subdivision Site Plan Review application remains incomplete, lacking information from the DEP specified in the Planning Board minutes of February 8, 2005 . D. Crawford holds the DEP is bound to reply no later than March 23, 2005 and requests that the Board schedule a Public Hearing at its April meeting on the assumption the information will be on hand and acceptable to the Board.

The Board, cognizant of time constraints imposed by the law governing the calling of public hearings and reluctant to schedule a hearing without the requisite information in hand, discussed the request. M. Garrett moved and S. Branch seconded a motion to schedule a Public Hearing at the Board's April 5, 2005 meeting provided D. Crawford present the DEP information sought to the Town Administrator NO LATER than March 22, 2005 . The motion passed unanimously.

A public hearing was set for 7:00pm on April 5, 2005 if the above noted condition is met.

•  Request of the Town Attorney for clarifications stemming from issues raised within the Bar Harbor Highlands Subdivision. M. Garrett reported some preliminary interpretations ga the red in a phone conversation with the A. Beardsley on February 28, 2005 . Since the interpretations have not been formally received and since none of the involved parties was present, no action was taken.

•  Restoration Statement. John Goodwin Gravel Pit, Map 4, Lot 41-1. Receipt of this statement completes the Gravel Pit application for this Gravel Permit, allowing for its issuance.

•  “Striking a Balance Forum” – March 31, 2005. S. Marckoon presented to Board members information about this forum and about a MMA “ Planning Board Workshop” to be held in Ellsworth on March 30th . If any Board member is interested in attending ei the r or both of the se workshops, S. Marckoon needs to be notified.

NEW BUSINESS

  Request from S. Salsbury about a MacQuinn Gravel Permit expiration date, Map 3, Lot 33. S. Salsbury holds that the Site Plan Review of the expansion of the pit (a “Miro” pit) and subsequent permit issuance encompasses all the information required to obtain a renewal permit for the original pit. The Board is not so certain. By consensus, the Board requests that S. Salsbury come before the Board with detailed information about restoration plans for the pit, the permit for which is about to expire. Fur the r, the Board requires evidence that the permit fee for this pit has been paid. Ei the r S. Marckoon or M. Garrett will notify S. Salsbury and this item will considered at the Board's April meeting.

OTHER BUSINESS

  The Board discussed a “strategy” for presenting proposed BLUO changes to the public at Town Meeting on March 9, 2005 . For each of the four articles, a brief Question and Answer statement will be developed to explain why changes are sought. M. Garrett will develop the Q & A statement for both the “Technical Amendments” and “Definitions” warrants. (Articles 9 &11) B. Jones and M. Havey will do the same for the “Fire Protection Amendments”. (Article 12) G. Donaldson and C. Ohmart will do likewise for the “Junkyard and Automobile Graveyards” warrant. (Article 10)

The Board hopes to have a “Power Point” presentation available for display at Town Meeting, requesting assistance from S. Marckoon to prepare it.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20pm .

Respectfully submitted,

Michael F. Garrett, Secretary

PENDING ATTRACTIONS

March 9, 2005 6:00pm Annual Town Meeting. Lamoine Consolidated School

March 30, 2005 MMA Planning Board Workshop. Ellsworth City Hall Plaza . 6:00 – 8:30pm

March 31, 2005 “Striking a Balance” White Birches Motel – 6:00 – 9:00pm

April 5, 2005 7:00pm . Town Hall Public Hearing - D. Crawford/J. Tilden subdivision.

April 5, 2005 Planning Board monthly meeting to convene at the close of the above hearing.