Call To Order: 4:00 PM by Chairman Phil Whitney
Town Official Attendance:
Phil Whitney, Selectman
Dan Lief, Selectman
Nanette Hadlock, Deputy Clerk
Cyrus Moulton, Island Institute
The hearing was also attended by approximately four G.C.I. Residents.
Purpose: The purpose of this public hearing is to discuss the Vehicle Waste Disposal Fee Ordinance, which was approved by voters at the Annual Town Meeting in March of 2004.
A petition from property owners of the Town of Cranberry Isles has been received, asking the Board of Selectmen to bring the vehicle importation ordinance back to the voters of the Town of Cranberry Isles, to ask that the ordinance be revoked. This is the second petition received, however the first petition was not deemed legal. The petition being discussed at this meeting is deemed legal. A Special Town Meeting has been called for Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 9:00 A.M. at the Islesford Neighborhood House.
The purpose of the proposed alternative ordinance is to discourage the importation of vehicles to the islands (particularly old junk cars and trucks) and to encourage the use of alternative means of transportation. This ordinance will not apply to electric vehicles, golf carts, ATVs or other small, environmentally-friendly vehicles.
The proposed terms of the alternative ordinance are as follows:
For the purpose of this ordinance:
i. "Year round" residency will be determined using the criteria set forth by the State of Maine to determine eligibility for the Homestead Exemption.
ii. A "household" will be defined as any individual or family unit (i.e. a couple, with or without children) occupying a single residence in the Town of Cranberry Isles. Under this ordinance families with multiple drivers living under a single roof will only be entitled to one exempt vehicle.
Selectman Lief explains to hearing participants that there are basically three options as a result of the petition:
Hearing participants agree that enforcement of any ordinances is a real issue for the Town. We rely on volunteers and part time employees. Some participants feel the Town should get enforcement of existing ordinances under control, before passing any other ordinances.
Too many vehicles on Great Cranberry Island do not appear to be an issue.
Overall, residents at G.C.I. do not feel there is a parking issue at the Town Dock as far as available space, but do feel the vendor vehicles are taking up space that could be used by others.
Adjournment: 4:45 P.M.