Planning Board Meeting, February 11, 2014



February 11, 2014


Chairman pro tem Michael Rossney opened the meeting at 7 pm and established a quorum present.  Planning Board members present were Michael Rossney, chairman pro tem, Sylvia Wardwell, Secretary, Nicole Gray, Peter Atherton, alternate.  Also present were:  Selectmen Neil Davis, Nelson Grindal, Victor Smith, CEO Duane Ford, Forest Warden John Cousins and Assistant to the Selectmen Barbara Grindle.


Cousins was present to talk to the Board about rules and regulations regarding cutting in the shoreland zone.  His suggestion for a person building and clearing in the shoreland zone is to call either he, the CEO or a forester, or all three before any cutting is done.  They will mark the trees that may be cut and the owner will avoid fines or penalties since he won’t cut the wrong ones.  The Planning Board can require this inspection as part of the permitting process if they think it necessary.

He must be consulted if there is cutting for timber harvesting inside the 250 ft mark in the shoreland zone with 346 ft on the shore. 


A motion was made and seconded to discuss the fee schedule next month.  Assistant still getting material together. 


CEO reported that he has attended a Hancock County Planning Commission workshop on invasive plants.  Invasive plants are not confined to milfoil; there are many others to be aware of and avoided.  The cost to the town is not just in cost to remove the plants, but is detrimental to property values and also to the water quality.  Invasive plants come in to a body of water in many ways, including animals, birds, planes, boats and people.  If you have been in a body of water that is filled with invasive plants, wash all clothing, bathing suits, boots, boat and gear, etc. to avoid spreading the plants.


Rossney asked Selectmen if email addresses were being considered for committee members.  Our webmaster will be assigning them as soon as the computer system is secure.

Rossney also commented that the Walker Pond Access is being utilized by many people in many different ways this winter.  There has been ice skating, sliding, ice fishing, snowmobiling and other activities there.

Board members commented that they had learned a great deal from Cousins and that having speakers in was a big help in making decisions.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8 pm.


                        Barbara Grindle, Assistant to the Selectmen