Town of Greene, Maine

Planning Board Minutes

June 14, 2011


      Rebecca Laliberte, Chairman, 946-3687

      Peter Jolicoeur, Secretary & Associate, 946-7250

      John Bennett, Treasurer, 946-4125

      Gaetan Breton, Jr., 576-6812

      George Schott, Associate, 946-7972

      Joseph McLean, Associate 212-9350

      Jennifer Heath 576-5093

      Ferg Lea – AVCOG, 783-9186


                                     CALL TO ORDER


Chairman, Rebecca Laliberte called the Planning Board meeting to order at 7:00pm.  Those Members present were Ms. Laliberte, Joseph McLean, Gaetan Breton, Jr and George Schott.   Board Members Peter Jolicoeur, John Bennett and Heather Heath were not present.  Also present were AVCOG representative Ferg Lea and Selectmen liaison Don Bedford.   CEO Randy Ray was also present.     


I.                ANNOUNCEMENTS:


(A)    Planning Board Agenda for the July 12, 2011 meeting closes

June 28, 2011.


(B)   Next regular Planning Board Meeting is July 12, 2011 at

  7:00PM at the Greene Town Office.


(C)    All AVCOG fees must be paid prior to the signing of the Final



II.               MINUTES FOR THE May 10, 2011 PLANNING BOARD



Mr. Joseph McLean made a motion to accept the May 10, 2011 Planning Board Minutes with the amendment to include the signing of the MYLAR for the Cell tower.  Mr. Gaetan Breton Jr seconded the motion.  The Planning Board Members voted unanimous in favor to accept the May 10, 2011 Minutes. 


III.                    TREASURERS REPORT


Mr John Bennett was not present so the Treasurers Report was tabled.


IV.              CEO REPORT


Mr Ray reported that there were 12 building permits issued; 1 new home, 1 garage, 2 additions, 3 porches and decks, 2 sheds, 1 pool and 2 cell tower permits.










Mr Tony Bussier was present representing the Greene IGA.   The topics discussed are as follows:


The members present reviewed the Findings of Fact as provided by Mr Ferg Lea.   The following conditions were placed upon the acceptance of the plan;


Applicant must allow for low growing vegetation along the outer edges of the parking area and rear entrance.


The westerly access will be closed with 2 rows of curbing.


Handicapped access spaces will be constructed in accordance with ADA spaces.


Adequate paint and signs will be used to direct traffic thru the parking area.


The area adjacent to the parking area will be redesigned and graded for runoff to flow away from the parking area.


Adequate erosion control practices will be used during construction.


New light poles will have concrete bases or be surrounded by protective ballards.   No lighting will interfere with traffic visibility on West Main St or Route 202.


No wetland will be filled without Planning Board revision.


There was then a discussion of the wetlands applying to this project.   The applicant agreed to the requests.   The board signed the Findings of Fact for this application.


The discussions then went to the direction of when the state would be looking at any redesign of Route 202 in front of their establishment.   They want to work with the DOT at that time to redesign the entrances to the parking lot and expressed a desire to leave the entrances as is until that time.   There was then a discussion and disagreement on whether the state had anything to do with the request to close one entrance.   Mr Schott then commented on whether the change was necessary and that they had been down that road too many times already.


Mr Lea then commented that he was aware of changes being planned for the end of Meadow Hill Rd and creating a turning lane on Route 202 with the next 2 years.   He has no knowledge of any changes on Route 202 in front of the IGA in the next 2 to 5 years.


Ms Laliberte complimented the IGA on the improvements that they had already done and encouraged them to continue with the plan.   She further stated that this is just another step in growing their business.


Mr Breton the stated that he is still opposed to the closing of ant entrance at this time and to let the applicant make the closing of any entrance in their time.   He further stated that there has been no statistical data brought forward to prove that there is any danger in this area.


Mr Lea then reiterated that the closing of an entrance was in conformance with the towns ordinances for businesses.


Ms Leliberte then asked if the board needed to step back to look closer at the situation and request a traffic study in this area.


Mr Ray then read the ordinance stating; there should be a maximum of 1 entrance for every 200 feet of road frontage.   The applicant stated that they have 600 feet of road frontage.   Mr Lea then stated that to conform to the ordinance they would have to redesign the entire parking area.   There was further discussion on what could cause an accident with the current entrance conditions.   Ms Leliberte stated that if we went strictly by the ordinances we would be even more strict then what we are with requiring 1 entrance to be closed.


It was then agreed that the IGA only needs a paper copy of the plan for signing and the Finding of Fact will be added to the plan.


Mr McLean made the motion to  reconsider the application, Mr Schott seconded the motion.   With no further discussion the was 1 for and 3 opposed voting the motion down and the plan exists.




Mr Ernest Deluca, Recreation/Real Estate Enterprise Manager, was not present this evening.   Mr Schott explained that there was a Site Visit the day prior that many of the board attended with Mr Deluca.   There changes discussed that could not be made to the plan prior to this meeting.   The Public Hearing was scheduled for July 12, 2011, at 6:30 PM.   This hearing would be held prior to the next scheduled meeting and if there were a lot of people in attendance it could go beyond 7:00 PM giving everyone a chance voice their comments.






VII.                     INFORMATION EXCHANGE






VIIII.                  CORRESPONDENCE








Seeing no other discussion, Mr. Schott made a motion for adjournment.  Mr. McLean seconded the motion.  The Board Members voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 9:54PM.



Respectfully submitted by,




Peter Jolicoeur