May 24, 2018
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Chickens can come home to roost in Camden

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

CAMDEN, Maine — Doughnuts might be out — at least the Dunkin’ variety — but chickens and rabbits are in.

The switch happened Tuesday after voters approved changing the zoning to allow for up to nine small farm animals on lots of less than 2.5 acres.

Roosters are still forbidden to live on smaller in-town lots, and the selling of eggs or meat is prohibited.

“I’m very glad that people got out to express themselves on the issue,” said Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, who had to farm out a dozen chickens to a friend’s property in Bremen after she was issued a notice of violation by the town.

She said that she was looking forward to bringing her hens home soon.

Voters approved the zoning change by 557-384.

But another proposed ordinance change wasn’t as popular. Voters decided by 466-455 not to allow parking in the front yard of properties with nonresidential uses, provided there is a 10-foot-wide landscaped buffer between the parking area and the street.

Code enforcement officer Jeff Nims said that he was disappointed with the outcome.

“I see it as something that has been lost,” he said.

In other election news, voters gave incumbent John French Jr. 564 votes to re-elect him to a three-year seat on the Select Board and also chose Morgan R. Laidlaw with 466 votes. Sidney Lindsley garnered 313 votes and Lavana Snyder 382, which was not enough to get them on the board.

Kelly Briggs received 472 votes and Robert Lawson got 381 votes, which earned them both three-year seats on the SAD 28 board of directors. Dale E. Landrith Sr. did not win his bid to be a director.

Steve Melchisky was the write-in candidate to be a member of the Personnel Board.

Residents voted by a large majority of 776 to 152 to amend the zoning ordinance to add a new definition of function hall.

They decided to add a new definition of town directional signage by 748 to 175, to delete the words “for-profit” from the definition of theater by 816 to 114, to change the definition of tradesman shop by 765 to 142, to allow for more commercial uses on Bay View Street by 668 to 249 and to establish a parking trust fund to al-low an annual payment for a parking space by 667 to 229.

Voters also approved the SAD 28 budget for the next school year by 728 to 242 and approved the Five Town Community School District budget by 730 to 239.

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