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Voters to decide on shoreland zoning changes in Dover-Foxcroft

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A special town meeting to consider proposed amendments to the town’s shoreland zoning ordinance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Morton Avenue Municipal Building.

The Board of Selectmen signed a warrant for the special meeting at its Oct. 22 session.

“There’s two or three different changes,” Town Manager Jack Clukey said about the amendments, which have the recommendation of the planning board. “The biggest change is the Moosehead site was an industrial zone and we are using it for mixed use.”

Clukey said an amendment would allow for apartment housing at the property along the Piscataquis River, which is not allowed under the industrial designation.

Code Enforcement Officer Connie Sands said the other proposed amendments would give shoreland property owners some specifications for constructing small sheds on their land. “There’s also an allowance there for a widow walk, as long as it doesn’t extend beyond the current dimensions of the building and isn’t taller than seven feet,” she said.

In other business on Oct. 22, the Board of Selectmen approved a proclamation in support of the work of the Bangor Humane Society. “We have an opportunity to recognize the great work the Bangor Humane Society does all around the area,” Clukey said, mentioning that town officials have worked with the organization for many years with a formal arrangement for about the last three.

Bangor Humane Society Executive Director Suzan Bell said the organization is competing in the nationwide American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, which is meant to inspire animal shelters — and those who support them — to make extra efforts to increase pet adoption, reunite lost pets with their families and save more animals’ lives.

Bell said in addition to receiving support from the area the Bangor Humane Society serves, the society also is pursuing the challenge funding by seeking to have 300 more pets adopted in a three-month span than during the previous year. She said so far 1,012 pets have been adopted on the way to the goal of 1,200.

Bell said she wanted to address some misconceptions about euthanasia — the challenge criteria also includes a shelter dropping its euthanasia rate — by saying animals are never put down because of space constraints. She said euthanasia only takes place when animals are sick and it is the humane thing to do or in cases of severe aggression.

Clukey provided an update of several projects around Dover-Foxcroft in his town manager’s report, first discussing tree planting at Browns Mill. “The quotes that we got for trees that we want to plant this fall really weren’t what we were looking for,” he said. Better prices will be sought over the winter for planting in the spring.

“The grass has grown really well. We don’t have any erosion concerns,” he said. “We are encouraging people to walk out there, [and] they can use it for skiing and snowshoeing.” Clukey said the gate will be up for now to keep vehicles out, but pedestrians can get in.

A crew from the Charleston Correctional Facility will return to the Moosehead building for cleanup, such as removing trash and recyclable materials. “They will be here at least the next few weeks to help us with that,” he said.

Clukey said a Halloween-themed event will take place 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the fairgrounds, but the Shiretown Homecoming Committee’s haunted house will instead be a haunted hayride and other outdoor activities due to code requirements for indoor haunted houses.

“We are still going to have the event; just not the traditional haunted house we have had,” he said.

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