NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — The Yarmouth Water District is facing a possible fine for tearing down a 200-year-old home in North Yarmouth without permission.
Preservationists say the home was one of the most important historic buildings in town.
Water district officials say it was torn down July 13 to protect the groundwater on the 17-acre property.
Town officials say the water district ignored local ordinances that require a demolition permit and notification of the North Yarmouth Historical Society 30 days before razing any structure built before 1900.
Water district officials have apologized, claiming ignorance of regulations and promising to make amends.
The Portland Press Herald reported that if selectmen seek the maximum penalty allowed under Maine law, the fine could be as high as $12,500 for each violation.