Dover-Foxcroft schedules special town meeting

Posted April 12, 2010, at 11:49 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:01 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church member told town officials Monday she was astounded when a town official removed advertising signs the church had displayed in town for a recent fundraising roast beef dinner.

Debra Cole, who wondered why the town would take that approach, was told that the town has a sign ordinance.

The ordinance is not well-known because the town has “not applied it consistently in the past,” which has caused some confusion, Town Manager Jack Clukey said Monday.

To help clarify the ordinance, some proposed revisions that affect the use of signs for public, nonprofit and political events will be included in the Land Use Ordinance that will be up for voter adoption at a special town meeting on June 22.

Selectmen on Monday signed the warrant for the special town meeting that also will address a proposed sewer ordinance; a proposed repeal of the town’s zoning ordinance in favor of a Land Use Ordinance; amendments to the town’s subdivision ordinance and amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan.

The proposed changes in the sewer ordinance would mean charges would be calculated quarterly rather than twice a year and that rates will be based on a 1,200 cubic foot base rate rather than on 100 to 5,000 cubic foot consumption.

Town officials also plan to ask residents, at the special town meeting, to approve a $1 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment system’s aerated lagoon system. The federal government has approved a $708,000 grant for the project provided residents fund the remaining $300,000 through a low-interest rate loan. This bonding request and some of the proposed amendments on the warrant were defeated during a vote last year.

Selectmen also signed the warrant for the April 24 annual town meeting, during which residents will decide what funding articles they want included in the budget referendum election on June 8.

Shifting from warrants to road projects, selectmen learned that the Maine Department of Transportation plans two safety improvement projects in town this summer. One is geared toward improving pedestrian safety at the intersection of Routes 7 and 15 and the other toward improving safety on Route 6 near the entrance to Pleasant River Lumber Co.

The state plans to upgrade the audible device for vision impaired pedestrians at the downtown intersection. It also plans to widen the sidewalk in front of True Value, install wheelchair-accessible ramps, and square up the crosswalk on the western end of Route 15. The work is expected to be advertised next month with construction likely to begin after July 4.

The Route 6 project will involve the installation of overhead beacons to warn motorists to slow down in the area where heavy truck traffic exits and enters the lumber company. A radar in beacons on both sides of the lumber company will activate a flashing yellow light when motorists are traveling too fast in the immediate area, an effort to remind motorists to use caution.

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