A Select Board vote is expected Sept. 7 on an agreement that fines an Atlantic Avenue property owner for trespassing on town property, cutting down trees, grading soil and installing drainage outflow on the property.

The actions — cited in a consent agreement between the town of Camden and Charles Robert Hefner Jr. and Laura Lee Hefner, owners of 22 Atlantic Ave. — concern violations of the zoning ordinance and town public tree policy.

The Hefner property and adjacent town property are across Atlantic Avenue from Camden Harbor. Dailey Brook flows through the town property and beneath Atlantic into the harbor.

The consent agreement is listed as an action item on the upcoming Select Board agenda.

The agreement cites that the property owners Charles Robert Hefner Jr. and Laura Lee Hefner violated the terms of a Feb. 5 building permit by trespassing on adjacent town property and removing four trees, and pruning other trees. The fine totals $4,000 — $500 for each tree removed and $250 each tree pruned.

The agreement also cites violation of town zoning ordinance performance standards that require maintaining existing natural vegetation within 75 feet of the normal high water line of the coastal wetland. The fine for this violation is $15,300 — $300 for each day since the violation occurred Aug. 16.

An additional $5,000 fine is for financial damages to resolve the trespass onto Camden property under common and statutory trespass laws.

A notice of violation and stop work ordered issued by the town Aug. 26 describes that the Hefners or companies they employed removed vegetation and trees from the town property, installed a subsurface perimeter drain that terminates on town property and placed a fill on town property and graded town land. All of these actions violate the approved building site and plot plan permits.

The fines are associated with the costs of “design, installation and oversight of a restoration plan of the Camden property” to be approved by the Camden Select Board and satisfactory to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, according to the agreement.

The Select Board meets at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 7, in the John French Conference Room on Washington Street. The meeting is also livestreamed on the town of Camden’s YouTube channel. The full agenda and package of background information can be viewed on the town of Camden website, camdenmaine.gov.

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