June 19, 2018
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Guilford selectmen extend adult-only business moratorium 180 days

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

GUILFORD, Maine — A moratorium on adult-only businesses was extended Tuesday by Guilford selectmen for another 180 days to allow a proposed ordinance to be decided by residents at the annual March town meeting.

Residents last March approved a moratorium on such businesses after a g entlemen’s club was proposed for neighboring Sangerville. While the proposed club in Sangerville was later dropped — in part because Sangerville residents approved a public indecency ordinance — Guilford officials believed it best for the town to adopt an ordinance to prevent a similar offering in their community.

The planning board is drafting an ordinance for adult-only businesses that will be presented to residents next March, Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette said Wednesday. He said the ordinance is being modeled after ordinances in other communities

As part of the process of extending the moratorium, a public hearing was held by selectmen Tuesday but no one spoke either for or against it, Goulette said. The initial moratorium was for 180 days and the selectmen had the authority to extend it, after a public hearing, for another 180 days.

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