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					                                         Camden Select Board
                                          Minutes of Meeting
                                            April 7, 2009


PRESENT:    Chairperson John R. French, Jr, Vice Chairperson Sharon Gilbert, Karen Grove, Anita Brosius-
            Scott, Deborah Dodge, Town Manager Roberta Smith, and Town Attorney William Kelly. Also
            present were members of the press and public.



  1. Public input on non-agenda items

  2. Approval of Select Board Meeting Minutes from December 9, 2008, January 13, 2009 and January 26,
     2009

  3. Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the Camden Zoning Ordinance:

           a. Article III by adding a new definition of Function Hall; and amend Article VIII, by adding
              Function Hall as a new use in the following districts: B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-H, B-R, B-TR and
              B-TH.
           b. Article III by adding a new definition of Town Directional Signage and amend Article XI,
              Signs, by adding a new section 13 that provides the administrative procedure for Town
              Directional Signage.
           c. Article III, definition of Theater by deleting the words “for profit”.
           d. Article III, definition of Tradesman Shop by deleting the maximum floor area and by adding
              artists and retailing of items produced on the premises;
              Amend Article VIII, Section 3, RU-2 District, (C), (9) by adding a maximum floor area of
              2,000 square feet and by including screening requirements for outdoor storage.
           e. Article VIII, Section 10, B-3 District, to allow parking in the front yard of nonresidential uses
              provided there is a 10-wide landscaped buffer between the parking area and the street.
           f. Article VIII, Section 16, B-TH District to permit the following uses within 55-feet of Bay
              View Street: community buildings, commercial schools, funeral homes, hair salons and
              personal services; and to allow financial services, inns, publishing and professional offices
              at street level within 55-feet of Bay View Street.

  4. Public hearing on a proposed amendment to Chapter VI-7, An Ordinance to Establish a Parking Trust
     Fund, Section 4, second paragraph, by allowing an annual payment for a parking space and allowing
     spaces to be assigned to the landlord or transferred to another property.

  5. Consideration of an article to Amend the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article X, Part II, Section 2,
     Keeping of Animal and set public hearing for April 21, 2009.

  6. Consideration of a Special Town Meeting to authorize an easement on the strip of land between the
     Megunticook River and the top of the bank on the Tannery Property.

  7. Consideration of the request for use of the Public Landing for the 15th Annual Windjammer Weekend,
     September 4-6, 2009.

  8. Consideration of request from the CRL Chamber to allow Fireworks in the Harbor on July 3, 2009
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   9. Consideration of bid award for architectural services for the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area
      Redevelopment project.

   10. Discussion of request of Parker Laite Sr for an access easement over Sagamore Farm Road to his
       property.

   11. Consideration of the following lodging and victualer licenses:
            a. David & Kallstrand, d/b/a Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast at 64 High Street for
                renewal lodging and victualer licenses
            b. Anita Zeno, d/b/a The Belmont Inn at 6 Belmont Avenue for renewal lodging and victualer
                licenses
            c. Zafiris Soldatos, d/b/a Express House of Pizza at 12 Mechanic Street for a renewal victualer
                license

   12. Approval of a Taxicab Operator’s license for Patricia Anderson driving for Schooner Bay Limo & Taxi
       in Rockland, Maine

   13. Public Hearings regarding the following liquor and special amusement permits:
             a. Application of Cappy’s Chowder House at 1 Main Street for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous and
                Malt Restaurant Liquor License
             b. Application of Cappy’s Chowder House at 1 Main Street for a Special Amusement Permit
             c. Application of Brevetto, LLC at 43 Mechanic Street for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous and Malt
                Restaurant Liquor License
             d. Application of Thai Kitchen by Yang, Inc. at 31 Elm Street for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous
                and Malt Restaurant Liquor License

   14. Committee Reports

   15. Manager’s Report
       a. Electricity supply contract extension
       b. Proposed water rate increases

                                                  Minutes of Meeting

Chairperson French called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

   1. Leonard Lookner stated he would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Public Safety for
      quick thinking in saving three teenagers from a potentially catastrophic situation. Three teenagers
      somehow got swept into a culvert on Chestnut Street.

       Manager Roberta Smith also expressed the town’s appreciation to whoever made the phone call that
       alerted the Police Chief that were some kids playing in that culvert otherwise we would have never
       have known they were there and in trouble. Leonard is absolutely right thank you to all who helped
       divert a tragedy.

       Board member Brosius-Scott asked if sometime in the future if the Board could talk about the fence
       at Tannery and whether it should be removed at some point.
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       Manger Smith stated the Board asked CDEAC to deal with the marketing and the future of the
       Tannery property so she had not planned to put it on the agenda until the committee has had a
       chance to make a recommendation.

       It was the consensus of the Board wait for a recommendation from CEDAC before making a decision.

   2. Board member Brosius-Scott expressed strong preference that the Board get the minutes and have a
      chance to review the minutes in a more timely fashion because we are looking at minutes that are
      four months old. She does not know if the public has had an opportunity to discuss what is being
      discussed at a Select Board meeting until the minutes are approved. She wanted to know if the Board
      should come up with a policy with a regard to how timely those minutes should be reviewed.

       Manager Smith stated a policy does not help unless we have the staff and the hours in the budget to
       cover getting it done and in between December and now is an extremely busy period of time for us.
       We did cut a person out of our administrative offices a year ago and unless we want to add more part
       time people then we just have to do it as time allows. She agrees it’s great to have the minutes from
       the last meeting when you sit down to meet again but that is not always possible with the staffing
       and the workload we have unless there is something else that we give up on doing.

       Deborah Dodge made a motion to approve the Select Board minutes from December 9, 2009,
       January 13, 2009, and January 26, 2009. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion
       passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

Chairperson French read the rules and regulations for conducting public hearings in preparation of the
public hearings to be held this evening.

   3A. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article III by
       adding a new definition of Function Hall; and amend Article VIII, by adding Function Hall as a new
       use in the following districts: B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-H, B-R, B-TR and B-TH.

       Planning Board member Richard Householder explained that the Zoning Ordinance does not have a
       permitted use for functions such as receptions, banquets, parties and conferences. Those functions
       are currently allowed under the use “community building” which is restricted to “private buildings
       used by a fraternal, philanthropic or other civic organization”. The Planning Board has proposed
       “function hall” as a new permitted use within all 8 business zoning districts.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any proponents or opponents.

       Leonard Lookner – Melvin Heights Road- asked what the parking requirements are for this and what
       the definition of a function hall such as does it operate once a week, twice a week, seven days a week,
       can they have banquets, sporting events, weddings, funerals, etc?

       Jeff Nims, Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) stated the parking requirement is under places of public
       assembly, theaters and halls which would be one space for each four seats that are fixed seating
       otherwise its one space for each 100 square feet of space available for assembly. As far as what is
       allowed there it’s basically what you see in the definition and there is no restriction on the number of
       times or frequency.
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       Lookner further stated in essence if we had a function hall in a Business Transition district it could
       essentially operate 7 days a week with no hours of operation. This seems a little extreme to him.

       Kristen Bifulco – High Street – her property abuts the property at High Mountain Hall and it is a
       concern of hers because her best selling room for the Bed & Breakfast is right near there. To date she
       does have some really loud drumming there and for her to lose the ability to sell that room is
       detrimental to her 8 rooms that she is allowed to sell and only 8 functions at her inn. She just wanted
       to add into the mix that it is in a residential area and encourages that the Planning Board and Select
       Board to cap the number of events.

       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing and Board deliberation took place.

       Board members expressed interest that the Planning Board take into consideration some of the
       points brought up and if this amendment passes to be sensitive to the issues for noise and hours of
       operation that have been raised and for the Police Chief to take note of any complaints in case there
       is a need for a revision or a noise ordinance of some kind.

       Board member Grove commented that the only part of this that makes her uncomfortable is the
       neighborhood service district.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to move this amendment to the Annual Town Meeting
       Warrant. Deborah Dodge seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 4-1-0 vote. (Grove
       opposed)

   3B. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article III by
       adding a new definition of Town Directional Signage and amend Article XI, Signs by adding a new
       section 13 that provides the administrative procedure for Town Directional Signage.

       Tom Quinn, co-chair of the Sign Working Group, offered a Power Point presentation to explain the
       proposal for a new series of directional signs to aid visitors to Town to the downtown area, the
       Ragged Mountain Recreational Area as well as the Lake Recreational District. The concept for the
       signs was prepared by Adventure Advertising for signs approximately 6' tall by 3' wide with
       “Welcome to Camden” at each end of Town and a listing of three districts. Then there would be
       separate directional signs to each of the three districts with the particular features to be found
       nearby (parking, lodging, etc.) listed using international symbols. The reverse of the signs at the
       Town lines would say “Thank You for Visiting Camden”

       The first of the district signs would be at Washington Street and Route One: River Business District
       next two lefts and Harbor Business District second right with an arrows and international signs for
       each. The owners of two private buildings have agreed to mount smaller signs on buildings: one on
       the Dickey Block to the River Business District and one at the last building on the east side of Main
       Street pointing to the Lake Recreational District. Southbound coming into Town the first sign is
       proposed for 10 High Street with arrows to the Downtown Business District and the Lake
       Recreational District. At Camden National Bank would be a sign directing to the Harbor Business
       District and on the side of French and Brawn - the River Business District. Another sign to River
       Business will be on the north side of the sign across from the Town Office. They are working on
       additional signs, but at this point in time this is what they are asking for as critical to directing
       tourists to parking away from Route One. .
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       Chairperson French asked to hear from any opponents or proponents.

       Leonard Lookner – Melvin Heights –thinks this proposal is way over the top. He cannot believe how
       much signage is being proposed. Secondly it looks to him like a potential platform for vandalism.

       John Scholz – Howe Hill Road – will have the opportunity to vote on the location of the signs?

       Planning Board member Richard Householder commented that the group has received support from
       the Chamber, CEDAC, and the Downtown Business Group and they did not have a problem with it.
       The DOT has seen pictures of the proposed signage and has no problems with the design.

       Board member French stated the public will have three opportunities to review through the Planning
       Board, Parking Committee and Select Board before finalized.

       Harry Smith – Harden Ave – sent the following email and asked to be included in the minutes: “He
       cannot believe a pollution of signs in town would do anything but diminish the charm of why people
       come to Camden in the first place. A sign at either end of town and possibly one at the five corners
       (Camden National Bank area), pointing to the town landing, river area and park straight ahead, etc.
       The idea that all of the international symbols has to be on the signs is ludicrous. What town does not
       have lodging, food, etc. We do not need to state the obvious. Keep it simple and clean, there are more
       than enough.

       Sally Smyth- Shermans Point Road –thinks these signs are awfully big.

       Leonard Lookner – stated he is confused by the order of the Planning Board the potential order of
       this proposed amendment because he was always under the impression that we lived in a
       participatory democracy, that is the Select Board represented the citizens in a participatory
       democracy. The town council dictates the ordinance by representing us and he does not understand
       how and where the Select Board could potentially get that power to dictate in an ordinance what size
       sign to have he would think that would be up to the members of the community because of the type
       of government we have.

       Manager Smith stated to answer Leonard’s question the ordinance is granting that authority for
       approval of the signs and dictating the criteria to the Planning Board, the Parking Committee, and the
       Select Board. Any kind of ordinance does those types of things. Zoning is one of those necessary
       evils whereby you put some restrictions on what land uses a person is allowed to do and grants the
       powers to the CEO, Planning Board, Police Chief, Select Board, etc.

       Board member Brosius-Scott stated based on many of the decisions that the Select Board is asked to
       make with all these decisions that affect all of us are decided in public forum as an agenda item that
       people are welcome to come forward and bring their concerns and discussion so it seems to her that
       this is a democratic process whereby the decision for the ordinance in the first place is put in the
       hands of the voter. The Select Board only decides whether or not to put it in the hands of the voters.
       With regard to any other decisions that the Select Board makes all decisions are publicly discussed as
       agenda items. She is not sure why this is any more concern to you then every decision that the Select
       Board faces every two weeks.
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       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing, and Board deliberation followed.

       Board member Dodge would like to see this go forward but would like to ask the Town Attorney
       Kelly about Leonard Lookner’s question whether this is usurping the powers of the legislative body
       of the community which is the town voters.

       It was the consensus of the Board to come back to this item when the Town Attorney arrives.

   3C. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article III,
       definition of Theater by deleting the words “for profit”.

       Planning Board member Jan MacKinnon stated the current definition of “Theater” specifies a “for-
       profit” facility. The Planning Board would like to allow for non-profit theaters, by deleting the words
       “for-profit”.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any opponents or proponents. There were none.

       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing, and there was no Board deliberation.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to move this amendment forward to the June Town
       Meeting Warrant. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   3D. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article III,
       definition of Tradesman Shop by deleting the maximum floor area and by adding artists and retailing
       of items produced on the premises; Amend Article VIII, Section 3, RU-2 District, (C), (9) by adding a
       maximum floor area of 2,000 square feet and by including screening requirements for outdoor
       storage.

       CEO Jeff Nims stated he has been concerned that the definition of Tradesmen Shop is too restrictive
       in the business districts and not restrictive enough in the one rural district where it is allowed. This
       is a tweak to the definition: it adds artists; takes away the limitation on square footage in town, and
       adds the ability to sell items made on premises; the rural area definition limits the floor area and
       requires screening of outdoor storage.

       Mr. Nims stated that having the 2000 square foot limit helps protect the integrity of the district as a
       whole by limiting the kinds and sizes of buildings that can be erected for occupational purposes.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any proponents or opponents. There were none.

       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing and no Board deliberation followed.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to move this amendment forward to the June Town
       Meeting Ballot. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   3E. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article VIII,
       Section 10, B-3 District, to allow parking in the front yard of nonresidential uses provided there is a
       10-wide landscaped buffer between the parking area and the street.
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       Mr. Nims explained that the intention of this amendment was to allow parking in front of the building
       if the lot can accommodate a 10' buffer as well as enough space for turning and parking – if there is
       not enough room for the buffer and to maneuver for parking, and if there is not room on the lot
       elsewhere, the commercial use will not be permitted. This restriction was intended to help maintain
       the character in this district that transitions from business to residential to downtown business and
       it will apply to only a few buildings along Elm Street. He does not believe it will harm the character of
       the District.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any proponents or opponents.

       Leonard Lookner – stated he strongly urges to keep the ordinance the way it is. The ordinance has
       worked we have a very special gateway to our community.

       John Scholz – stated he would caution the Board to think about this and try to envision what it could
       look like if we ended up with a very monolithic lineup of building fronts regardless of the 10 foot
       buffer.

       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing and Board deliberation followed.

       Board member Brosius-Scott wondering how the need to change this ordinance was determined and
       what is the drawback of leaving it the way it is.

       Planning Board Chair Chris MacLean stated as he recalls Deb Dodge sent them a letter proposing they
       address the issue.

       Board member Dodge stated her concern was about the residential character language not regarding
       landscaping buffer and frontal parking. Her initial concern was finding more criteria to define
       residential character in order to preserve the B3 zone as that transition zone.

       Board member Brosius-Scott stated perhaps this question is still up in the air about how this change
       in the ordinance addresses an issue or concern that needs to be resolved in order to improve
       something about our town.

       Board member Dodge stated when at the Planning Board hearing she spoke in favor of this because
       she liked the idea of the landscape buffer. One of the things that she thinks is most important about
       the B-3 district and has been concerned about is the look of a highway business zone stretching down
       through B-3 and coming right up into B1 and that is why she liked the idea of a landscape buffer that
       distinction and that transition is very important. Since then she started thinking about it more
       because the current zoning ordinance would not prohibit another 87 Elm Street from happening
       because again somebody could use a pergalot to be the front wall of a structure and that really does
       not address the issue. Her initial concern was if a building were to be replaced it needed to be of
       residential character. She knows this amendment is an attempt to come up with something that
       would help with residential character without creating some long process that the zoning board of
       appeals would have to go through. You would have some specific criteria that would be bordering on
       architectural guidelines. She was in favor initially but this does not do enough of what she was
       hoping to preserve residential character in B3 to make sure we don’t have the spread of a Route 1
       Highway Business Zone like we have seen happen in Rockland.
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       Karen Grove made a motion to move this amendment to the June Town Meeting Warrant.
       Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 3-2-0 (Brosius-Scott, Dodge
       opposed)

       At 8:45 pm went to went back to item 3B to ask the town attorney Leonard Lookner’s questions
       regarding the Select Board’s authority concerning the proposed amendment for placement of
       directional signs.

       Lookner stated concerning the amendment the sign ordinance they have given the discretion of the
       size of the signs that would be used as directional signs to the Select Board upon approval of the
       MDOT and Police Department. His contention is that he does not understand how the Select Board
       can make decisions like that with the type of government we have which is a participatory
       democracy.

       Attorney Kelly stated he was not familiar with that term. Lookner stated we all participate as a
       legislative body that passes law in our community. Kelly stated only at town meeting. The legislative
       body is the town meeting for most things some statutes give that authority to the Select Board as
       legislative authority for certain things.

       Lookner: Can the zoning ordinance give legislative authority to the Select Board? Kelly answered by
       saying the zoning ordinance can delegate certain authority that the legislative body would normally
       have to the Select Board. That happens in many towns. The legislative body could always take that
       power back if it is not exercised properly. No one else has the right except the town so the town has
       the right to change the sign when it wants.

       Lookner stated so the town would be giving the Select Board the authority to dictate whatever size
       sign the Select Board felt comfortable with. Kelly stated they make a whole lot of decisions that are
       important as well that is the nature of elected officials.

       Manager Smith stated she wanted to clarify that this proposed language does not give that
       recommendation and approval to dictate the size of the signs to just the Select Board it does say
       recommendation of the Planning Board, Parking, Traffic & Transportation Committee and the Select
       Board.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to move this amendment to the June Town Meeting
       Warrant. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   3F. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article VIII,
       Section 16, B-TH District to permit the following uses within 55-feet of Bay View Street: community
       buildings, commercial schools, funeral homes, hair salons and personal services; and to allow
       financial services, inns, publishing and professional offices at street level within 55-feet of Bay View
       Street.

       Chris MacLean, Planning Board Chair explained that this was further tweaking of a newly created
       district. The way the BTH developed last year there was a 50' strip along Bay View Street where
       residential use was permitted only on the 2nd floor. Beyond that there were no residential uses
       permitted. In addition, certain commercial uses had to be on the 2nd floor. The Business
       Development Subcommittee thought that the downtown, mostly B1, seems to function very well by
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       allowing a host of uses at street level. The market seems to work to put the retail uses to street level
       mostly because of rents, and the subcommittee thought that the 50' strip along Bay View deserves to
       be allowed to function the same as Main Street. The second part of the amendment allows some of
       the business now confined to the 2nd floor along lower Bay View to move to street level.

       Chairperson French asked to hear from any proponents or opponents.

       Kristen Bifulco – High Street – she appreciates the Planning Board’s efforts to give landowners more
       use of their properties but she is not convinced these uses are in the best favor for the town. The
       discussion of tourism has always been neglected in the downtown. Tourism brings a lot of money
       into town and keeping a lot of people employed. All the events trying to be hosted are to bring
       tourists here not to have them go see their lawyer. She has a problem with allowing inns on the
       ground floor because the definition of an inn is to have a residence so therefore by allowing this you
       are allowing a residence on a ground floor in that district.

       Leonard Lookner – Melvin Heights – the difficulty with this is parking. It’s one thing to have phantom
       parking or off premise parking with most businesses but the reality is when someone is paying $200-
       300 for an inn they don’t want to park several blocks away. What we are going to see after 5 pm are
       cars from these inns parked along Bay View Street. What few businesses that are left on Bay View
       Street who cater to summer trade is going to become that more difficult because those parking
       spaces will be taken.

       Board member Dodge stated it’s tough to think of this as crowding out retail or worrying about
       eliminating tourist oriented business on Bay View Street. Most of these uses if they happen on street
       floor of within 55 feet of the property line are actually creating employees downtown that will eat in
       the downtown restaurants, will patronize the other businesses that are downtown. By adding those
       businesses downtown creates people downtown working and eating and shopping. However she
       does have two uses that she would like removed and they are funeral homes and inns. She does not
       know if by striking these it makes a substantial change.

       Attorney Kelly stated that would create a substantive change and would require another public
       hearing so you would not be able to move the other changes forward. There is not enough time for
       posting requirements because this is a zoning amendment and it requires two notices the first 12
       days and then again 7 days so there is not enough time to do another hearing for the June Town
       meeting warrant.

       Karen Grove because of the inns would like to recommend not to move this article forward to the
       June Town Meeting warrant.

       CEO Nims explained the only change is for inns. In 1992 inns were only allowed on upper floors in
       the BH District. It was changed to the BTH District and at that time inns were allowed to come down
       to ground level and then last June when the 55 foot strip along Bay View Street they were moved up
       to the second floor within the 55 feet. This proposal is to bring them back down to street level. So
       inns have gone up and the down the stairs a couple times the only change being proposed is to allow
       inns to be allowed at street level within that 55 feet.

       Leonard Lookner – Melvin Heights – the primary part of this amendment is really important so he
       appreciates the Board’s support on his position he agrees completely the best thing is to revisit this
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       on a future vote to remove inns or at least get the Planning Board to look at the parking requirements
       when it comes to inns in that zone.

       Karen Grove move this amendment forward to the June Town Meeting Warrant. Deborah
       Dodge seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   4. A public hearing was held on a proposed amendment to Chapter VI-7, An Ordinance to Establish a
      Parking Trust Fund, Section 4, second paragraph, by allowing an annual payment for a parking space
      and allowing spaces to be assigned to the landlord or transferred to another property. Chris
      MacLean, Planning Board Chair explained that for uses that can’t meet their parking requirement on
      site or within 1,000 feet, the Parking Trust Fund provides an option to make a one-time payment of
      $4500 for each space required. The option has been used by only 2 businesses for 11 spaces over
      the past 20 years. The Planning Board proposes an annual fee, to be set by the Select Board, with the
      expectation that more businesses will consider the option. The Parking Trust Fund is used to create
      additional public parking, such as the lot behind the Public Safety Building.

       Chairperson asked to hear from any proponents or opponents. There were none.

       Chairperson French closed the public portion of the hearing, and Board deliberation followed.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to move this proposed amendment forward to the June
       Town Meeting Warrant. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
       vote.

   5. The Board considered an article to amend the Camden Zoning Ordinance, Article X, Part II, Section 2,
      Keeping of Animal and set public hearing for April 21, 2009. Manger Smith explained this proposed
      amendment was not recommended by the Planning Board. However, citizens have asked the Board
      to include it on the June Annual Town Meeting warrant. Because the Planning Board has already had
      its two required public hearings the Board does have time to advertise and have the Board’s Hearing
      on April 21st in order to get this on the June Town Meeting warrant.

       Board member Brosius-Scott this is another case that needs some tweaking but is something that is
       an improvement over what we have had if you like chickens. She agrees there is enough interest in
       town to see this go forward because it is a liberalization of the rules regarding the permission of
       having chickens that she thinks it better to move something imperfect forward and tweak it then to
       not to move it forward at this point. She has had a number of people come up to her after the news
       report that it did not pass the Planning Board expressing interest in having this pass and move
       forward.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to move this amendment forward for a public hearing on
       Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Karen Grove seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
       vote.

   6. Manager Smith stated updated the Board on the proposed Tannery property riverwalk easement.
      Due to the description of the 25 foot pathway easement that was adopted in November, there is an
      area of the lot that lies between the riverside edge of the pathway and the river. Ideally, this strip of
      land would be included in the riverwalk easement. However, Attorney Kelly has advised that the
      Town vote authorizing the Board to enter in to an easement for the 25 foot path did not include this
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       area; therefore, a Town vote is needed to authorize a permanent easement. Furthermore, it would be
       appropriate to obtain Town approval prior to the finalization of the easement with Coastal Mountain
       Land Trust, which should happen in early May.

       Karen Grove made a motion to schedule a Special Town Meeting for this question on Tuesday,
       April 21 at 7 pm. Anita Brosius-Scott seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
       vote.

   7. The Board considered the request for use of the Public Landing for the 15th Annual Windjammer
      Weekend, September 4-6, 2009. Manager Smith stated for a couple of years the Board has been
      trying to get a handle on just what the organization is for Windjammer Weekend and a justification
      for the town resources that are donated to that weekend including staffing, equipment, and use of
      public property. We started in early March by asking Annie for the following documentation:
      Articles of Incorporation and other relevant legal and organizational documents; list of Board
      members and officers, with brief (one paragraph) bios of each, including representation from the
      Town, the Chamber, and the schooners/marine interests; along with a method of reappointment of
      Board members by the organizations/groups they represent; schedule of events during the weekend,
      with what specific resources at no charge (venues, harbormaster, police, fire, etc., ) would be sought
      from the town; list of committees, with job descriptions for the committees, with names of
      individuals/organizations that already have committed help; line item budget, including salaries or
      consultants' fees, estimates for Board liability insurance and liability insurance for the three-day
      event, plus projected expenses for marketing, prizes, office supplies, printing, etc.; sources of
      revenue, the more specific, the better, plus any early commitments, with letters from those
      contributors to that effect; a clear plan for regular, public financial reporting; time line, from now to
      Labor Day, what and when needs to be accomplished for a successful event, with names of
      individuals/organizations and committees taking responsibility for meeting this deadlines.

       This was originally scheduled for the March 17th Select Board meeting agenda and they requested
       that it be postponed until tonight. They were suppose to get a packet of materials to us for the Board
       to review to address those things and some of those things were delivered just before the meeting
       tonight. It includes some articles of corporation filed in October but not the IRS tax exempt forms,
       some minutes of the Board of Director’s and minutes of a work meeting held October 5, 2009 by the
       Director, a preliminary budget and proposed schedule of events. There are some bylaws that list 5 or
       6 directors and it does not appear to have the representation that the Board asked for. Included is a
       one page of expenses and income expenses totaling $28,500 and a rough schedule of events.

       Manager Smith stated one of the big questions that is not clear is just what is the expectation in terms
       of what town resources and in terms of the organization that makes the Select Board comfortable
       contributing town resources to the event. There is no expense for Police, Fire or Harbormaster.

       Board member Brosius-Scott stated how can we have an informed discussion without information
       and without someone representing Windjammer Weekend.

       Chairperson French this is the same as last year. The Board approved last year because of lateness
       and now we either need to go this same route or we are going to ask someone else to take the event
       and work with the Downtown Business Group to put this celebration on.

       Brosius-Scott suggested asking the Chamber how they feel about taking this on.
Camden Select Board
Minutes of Meeting – Page 12
April 7, 2009


       Dan Bookham, Executive Director of CRL Chamber, stated their position on this is that they support a
       celebration of the windjammer fleet on Labor Day Weekend and it’s essential for both the community
       and the local economy. We are willing to support any organization that complies with town
       regulations and request to put this on. They would be willing to act an umbrella with the
       understanding that they would not be organizing but a committee formed and if directed by the town
       work with the folks currently doing the event to help make sure this event happens. It is vitally
       important especially in this economy that Windjammer Weekend continues. We have not been
       approached from the organizers of Windjammer Weekend. The Chamber’s position is they are
       needed to step up to help they will gladly do so.

       Kristin Bifulco stated the reason she decided to join this Board for this event was to try to figure out
       what was going on because she does enjoy the event and personally her business does really not
       prosper from it. It does not bring a lot of people to her inn most people do not even know it goes on.
       She would like to see it go to that next level. It encourages the maritime history and celebration of
       that and that is one of our niches here. She asked Annie straight out why she was against the
       Chamber taking this on and she said she has gone through all of the Chamber Directors for help and
       it’s pretty unstable in the Chamber. Directors come and go and she said she asked Dan and he told
       her he didn’t have the staff for it. If you look at the schedule of events she has already contacted the
       volunteers, she may not be political savvy but she has some real energy for this and she is going to
       make this happen again. She thinks if the Select Board wants to give up a fee rate Windjammer
       Weekend, Inc. can raise that money and pay the town. Just tell us what you want to charge us as a
       nonprofit or the Select Board could this is an economic development for the town and donate those
       services.

       Dan Bookham – if indeed it was the Chamber taking this on its own then yes it would be problematic.
       They are willing to support Windjammer Weekend with a fully pledged proposal that shows them
       what help is they need and secondly because the event is so important for the community he is
       certain they will be there to help bail this out and make sure something goes forward.

       Woody Emanuel, Co-Chair of Camden Downtown Business, have been supporters of Windjammer
       Weekend since its inception and they are concerned with the perception but they as a group are fully
       prepared to make this happen.

       Board discussion;

       Board member Dodge really uncomfortable that Annie Higbee is not here and she is very concerned
       that there wasn’t any structure, there was no response to the multiple requests of the town, we do
       have some response with not a lot of time to look at it and it appears to be incomplete but there has
       been an effort made but don’t think it’s right to make a decision on the future on who is going to be
       sponsoring the Windjammer Weekend without that person here.

       Board member Gilbert we are at the same place a year ago and because of the timing we gave in to
       her. At that time we stipulated things that we needed as soon after the event as possible. The event
       was over Labor Day Weekend and we received nothing from her. She said at that time a year ago she
       was in the process of getting a 501(C)3 non-profit status and she still doesn’t have it. We haven’t
       seen any kind of paperwork until this arrived tonight and this is minimal of what we have asked for.
Camden Select Board
Minutes of Meeting – Page 13
April 7, 2009

       Board member Grove stated the one question that has not been answered which is exactly what is
       Annie seeking from the town for your venues, the time, the commitment, the labor involved. There is
       nothing here that she can see and that is very specific to what we talked about with Annie last year at
       this time. She does not see the organizations that are interested in this going forward having the
       personnel or the time in the peak summer months to do this. We are really at a bad place where she
       is not willing to see Annie go forward as she has in the past and she is not willing to let go of this she
       wants to see this continue but it’s the who and the how and she has not heard that yet.

       Board member Brosius-Scott stated she wants to clarify that the whole Board is very much in favor of
       this event and seeing it go forward and very happy about the success that it has enjoyed. We don’t
       want to take it away from anyone but the issue has always been that there is a pretty significant
       amount of man hours and taxpayer equivalence and money that we give to this event. We want to
       see the same structure as the National Toboggan Championship in order to throw our full support
       behind it.

       Manager Smith stated Toboggan nationals would not happen without the volunteer committee but is
       run under the umbrella of Jeff Kuller, Director of the Snow Bowl and all of the finances and
       correspondence go through the town books. It could be done the same as the Toboggan Nationals
       except rather than the Parks & Recreation Director and the town bookkeeping being the umbrella the
       Chamber is willing to do that. When it becomes that kind of organization then you are not getting
       into the fact that there is no accountability for the finances and it is not a personal business gain and
       that is a community event, the finances are transparent and no business is making money off it. It’s
       for the benefit of the community.

       Dan Bookham, Chamber of Commerce, if you are unable to reach an agreement of any form with the
       existing Windjammer Weekend they would be willing to act as the fiscal agent to allow the event to
       move forward and to show transparencies.

       Manager Smith stated the resources that the town has invested every year in Windjammer Weekend
       is significant in terms of the Harbor Master, the Assistant Harbormasters, the support of Public
       Works, Police, Fire and the use of town property. The event is such now that we can’t afford to be
       disorganized and that has been a problem in the past and the Board has spent more than a year to
       make it clear to Annie and those working with her that she needs a better understanding of that
       organization. Unfortunately she does not think this is going to happen and what we have been given
       tonight does not appear to do it because we still can’t answer the basic questions of how can the
       town justify devoting the town resources to something that the town really does not have any say in.
       If you do want to ask the Chamber to take on the lead they would have to pull together some
       committee and answer some of those questions and get it organized so that we can have
       Windjammer Weekend.

       Karen Grove made a motion not to approve the request of Annie Higbee to use the Public
       Landing for the 15th Annual Windjammer Weekend. Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion.
       The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

       Board member Dodge asked if anyone knows why Annie Higbee is not here. Kristen Bifulco stated
       that Annie’s attorney told her she didn’t need to come because he was submitting the paperwork
       needed.
Camden Select Board
Minutes of Meeting – Page 14
April 7, 2009

       Board member Dodge stated by asking the Chamber to take the lead this does not preclude
       Windjammer Weekend, Inc. involvement in this weekend but meant as a mechanism to help move
       this forward.

       Karen Grove made a motion to ask the Chamber of Commerce to be the umbrella for the
       Windjammer Weekend. Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
       vote.

   8. Dan Bookham, Chamber Director stated they are spearheading a collaboration of Fourth of July Week
      events in an effort to make the area a destination for family fun. A pivotal piece of the event calendar
      is the Camden Harbor Fireworks that they would like to schedule for Friday, July 3.

       Anita Brosius-Scott made a motion to approve the Chamber’s request for fireworks in Camden
       Harbor on July 3, 2009. Deborah Dodge seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0
       vote.

   9. Jeff Kuller, Director of Parks and Recreation came before the Board for a recommendation for the
      architectural services for the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Redevelopment project. THE RMRA
      Redevelopment Committee is recommending Stephen Blatt Architects of Portland to design the new
      lodge at the RMRA. After completing more than 12 hours of presentations and interviews the
      committee was unanimous in selecting Stephen Blatt Architects because their firm was the most
      qualified for both design of a new lodge and to coordinate the broader redevelopment effort of the
      RMRA. The RMRA has currently raised over $100,000 and this amount will be sufficient to fund the
      work of Stephen Blatt through the design development phase, which is scheduled for completion in
      October. They have just begun the fundraising efforts and plan to have much more in place before
      the final design and construction drawings of the lodge are completed.

       After brief Board discussion, Sharon Gilbert made a motion to award the bid for architectural
       services for the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Redevelopment project to Stephen Blat
       Architects of Portland, Maine. Deborah Dodge seconded this motion. The motion passed on a
       5-0-0 vote.

   10. Parker Laite, Sr. is requesting an access easement over Sagamore Farm Road similar to that granted
       to David & Rose Laite and proposed for Marilyn Smith.

       Deborah Dodge made a motion to draft said easement and to include the question on the June
       2009 Annual Town Meeting warrant to be voted upon at the business portion of the meeting.
       Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   11. The Board considered lodging and victualer licenses: Manager Smith reported that all have been
       reviewed and approved by the Codes Officer and Fire Chief.

       Karen Grove made a motion to approve the following:
           a. David & Kallstrand, d/b/a Timbercliffe Cottage Bed & Breakfast at 64 High Street for
               renewal lodging and victualer licenses
           b. Anita Zeno, d/b/a The Belmont Inn at 6 Belmont Avenue for renewal lodging and
               victualer licenses
Camden Select Board
Minutes of Meeting – Page 15
April 7, 2009

            c. Zafiris Soldatos, d/b/a Express House of Pizza at 12 Mechanic Street for victualer
                license.
       Anita Brosius-Scott seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   12. The Board considered a Taxicab Operator’s license for Patricia Anderson driving for Schooner Bay
       Limo & Taxi in Rockland, Maine. Manager Smith reported that the application has been reviewed and
       approved by the Police Chief.

       Karen Grove made a motion to approve the Taxicab Operator’s license for Patricia Anderson
       driving for Schooner Bay Limo & Taxi in Rockland, Maine. Sharon Gilbert seconded this
       motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

Chairperson French read the rules and regulations for conducting public hearings in preparation of the
public hearings to be held this evening.

   13. Public Hearings were held regarding the following liquor and special amusement permits: Manager
       Smith reported all applications have been reviewed and approved by the Police Chief. Police reports
       indicate no incidents at any of these businesses.

       Deborah Dodge made a motion to approve the following liquor license and special amusement
       permit applications:
            a. Application of Cappy’s Chowder House at 1 Main Street for a Class I Spirituous,
               Vinous and Malt Restaurant Liquor License
            b. Application of Cappy’s Chowder House at 1 Main Street for a Special Amusement
               Permit
            c. Application of Brevetto, LLC at 43 Mechanic Street for a Class I Spirituous, Vinous and
               Malt Restaurant Liquor License
            d. Application of Thai Kitchen by Yang, Inc. at 31 Elm Street for a Class I Spirituous,
               Vinous and Malt Restaurant Liquor License
       Sharon Gilbert seconded this motion. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.

   14. There were no Committee Reports.

   15. Manager’s Report
       a. Electricity supply contract extension will be a 16% decrease.
       b. Aqua Maine sent information regarding a proposed water rate increases


       At 11:45 pm a motion was made and seconded to adjourn. The motion passed on a 5-0-0 vote.



                                                     __________________________
                                                     Janice L. Esancy
                                                     Recording Secretary

				
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