Planning Board minutes, May 11, 2010



May 11, 2010


The Sedgwick Planning Board met at the Town Office on May 11, 2010 at 7 pm.  The meeting was opened by Chairman Palmer Little.  Present were board members Chairman Palmer Little, David Webb, Michael Rossney, Secretary Sylvia Wardwell and Alternate Jim Wood.  Also present were Alden Astbury, Jon and Jane Thomas, Pam Mackiernan, Al Strong, CEO Duane Ford, Barbara Grindle, Assistant to the Selectmen, Nelson Grindal, Selectman.

 New Business:

  Map 6, Lot 40-1 – Pam Mackiernan presented an application for a greenhouse to be attached to the barn behind her house.  The greenhouse will be of a poly material, 10’x19’6” and more than 200 feet from the shore of the Bagaduce River.  She had paid the $25 application fee and now paid the $5 building notification fee.  The CEO will check and issue the permit.

  Map 7, Lot 21-2 – A change of use application was presented by Al Strong.  He wishes to convert his 1 car garage into a home brew retail store.  Registered letters must be sent to all abutters and a $25 application fee paid.  We will have a public hearing at our meeting next month.  Questions arose about parking and he will check into the matter.  

Old Business: Map 7, Lot 32 – Western View Café (or Take Out)  Alden Astbury has the receipts for the certified letters, and the DOT papers for his entrance permit.  He must divide the entrance into one for the store, one for his parents home, and another one for Western View Avenue, putting something for dividers between each entrance.  Motion was made and seconded to  approve the permit.  Everyone approved and the permit was given.  All fees have been paid.  

Public Hearing:

This week’s hearing was for the Café and any possible ordinance changes.  No member of the public was here.  Chairman Little discussed having public hearings scheduled for the next few meetings to hear possible changes for the ordinances.  He asked the board to review the ordinances and be ready with some ideas.  Some suggestions were:

1)      minimum lot size – in the shoreland the state size is 30,000 sq ft, ours used to be 40,000 sq ft but when we adopted the state ordinance it went down to 30,000 sq ft.  Should it go back up?

2)      Minimum lot size – the state minimum for a regular house lot (not shoreland) is only 20,000 sq ft, this is our requirement at present.  Should it be made larger?  Can septic and well requirements fit on this size lot?

3)      3)  Fee structures – several suggestions made.  Percentage or square footage, dock fees, document charges, etc.

4)      Site plan review – our ordinance is very vague.  Needs firming up.  Also should we have sign ordinances, a mission statement for the town growth? 


CEO update:

Robert L. Gray, Inc. has his fence erected on the propane storage facility.  He will have the fire dept in to inspect it and test out the pond.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm


                                    Barbara Grindle, Assistant to the Selectmen