LINCOLN, Maine — The last of the town’s outstanding shoreline zoning violations has been corrected, Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Davis said earlier this week.
A Cambolassee Pond resident has removed a gravel boat launch installed this summer and re-established a waterfront buffer zone the resident violated as part of an agreement that will avoid civil court action.
The resident, whom Davis has declined to identify, has installed a silt fence, has replanted greenery removed from the area and will keep the area in its restored condition, Davis said.
“It is better this way,” Davis said earlier this week. “This way, when we get cooperation, we don’t have to waste time and taxpayers’ money going to court to fight violations that could be cleared up with a little cooperation.”
Also, a resident of Collins Point Road off Upper Coldstream Pond has planted a half-dozen trees to offset two illegally removed from the buffer zone of his shoreline property. The plantings conform with state codes that use tree trunk width to determine how many new plantings are required to offset the environmental impact of the tree removal.
As code enforcement officer, Davis is charged with inspecting the town’s lakes and ponds along with the Penobscot River and its tributaries.
Among other things, he searches for violations including erosion, overcutting of trees and shrubs, gravel set too close to shorelines within state-required setbacks, new buildings or septic systems built without permits, and water pollution.
He also works with Maine Department of Environmental Protection officials, town homeowner associations and residents to maintain water quality.
Davis uses photographic records — typically pictures taken from a boat over the last several years — to verify that work has been done and as a means of proving that violations have occurred.