$2 million Snow Bowl bond faces Camden voters
Camden — Topping the list of items Camden voters will address Nov. 5 is the proposed $2 million Snow Bowl bond. Several ordinance changes are also proposed.
Years in the making, a $6.5 million capital improvement project at Camden Snow Bowl requires $4.5 million in private matching funds — a goal that has already been met. In November 2008, voters approved the concept for private fundraising that would trigger the town to issue a $2 million municipal bond. Voters now must also approve the bond.
There are several phases planned to carry out the capital improvements. Proposed improvements include new chairlifts, snow-making equipment, parking and trail improvements, as well as, eventually, a new lodge. The Snow Bowl is owned by the town.
Ordinance changes to be voted on include one each in the Business-River District and Harbor-Waterways Ordinance and another addressing performance standards regarding storage containers.
An ordinance change in the Business-River District will allow single and two-family residential uses, provided an equal amount of square-footage is also available at the street level for commercial uses.
A proposed change to performance standards would allow the town to more closely regulate storage containers such as tractor trailer boxes, train cars and large dumpsters in all districts.
Updates to the Harbor-Waterways Ordinance include housekeeping details as well as the addition of several sections and updated definitions.
The section addressing mooring occupancy reflects substantive changes, with new definitions and changes to the way the mooring waiting list is handled. Graphics of the harbor and public landing floats and Inner Harbor Mooring Float plan also were added to the ordinance.
Voting is set to take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Building located at 31 Washington St.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. There are several ways to request an absentee ballot, including in person at the town office, online through the state website, by regular mail or through a third party. Further details are available by contacting the town clerk's office at 236-3353, ext. 116.
Courier Publications Editor Stephanie Grinnell can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at email@example.com.
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.
Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.
Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.
Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.