June 22, 2018
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Stonington to discuss borrowing, pier issues

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

STONINGTON, Maine — Issues surrounding the former school building, cell towers and wind turbines and the commercial fish pier will be on the agenda for a special town meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the town hall.

Voters will be asked to authorize the selectmen to borrow up to $35,000 for work on the former elementary school building. According to Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris, the project will include reshingling the roof of the building and installing vinyl siding.

A number of years ago, a storm tore off several rows of shingles from the roof, she said.

“We patched it then before the next storm,” Billings-Pezaris said Wednesday, “but it’s gotten to the point where we need to do something about the building.”

The town took over ownership of the structure in 2001 after the Stonington and Deer Isle schools moved into a new building in Deer Isle. Since then, the town has rented space to a number of businesses, organizations and agencies.

The estimated cost for both reshingling the roof and adding vinyl siding is about $85,000, Billings-Pezaris said Wednesday. The selectmen proposed to use $50,000 from a reserve fund for the building and borrow the remaining funds.

Voters also will be asked to approve two moratorium ordinances, one for commercial communications towers and the other for wind turbines. The moratorium would prohibit the planning board from accepting applications for either type of project.

“This is to give the planning board time to look over what we have here, to see if our ordinances are OK, or if they need work,” Billings-Pezaris said.

Each moratorium would be for a six-month period, but each has a provision that would allow the selectmen to extend the moratorium if the planning board needs more time, she said.

The final item on the warrant for the special town meeting will deal with changes to the town’s commercial fish pier ordinance. The proposed changes add stronger language to the ordinance dealing with items left overnight on the pier and also language that eliminates liability to the town for damage to boats that tie up overnight at the pier.

The selectmen will meet immediately after the special town meeting.

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