CAMDEN — Following a closed-door meeting Jan. 11, the Camden Select Board voted to approve an agreement with a resident who cut down tree branches and ornamental plantings by the falls on the public landing.

Town Manager Audra Caler confirmed Jan. 13 that the agreement with Daniel Gabriele of Camden, who did the cutting, has been signed and finalized.

The issue goes back to Sept. 28, when several lilac and other branches were cut and left in a pile along the side of the picnic area across from the falls.

According to documents from the town, the cutting was on town property and violated zoning ordinances.

As part of the agreement Gabriele takes full responsibility for the cutting and will pay $2,900 for restoration. The agreement also stipulates that he will pay for any Maine Department of Environmental Protection measures associated with the cutting and restoration, and for attorney’s fees.

In a letter to Gabriele in October, town attorney William Kelly noted the trees, including lilacs, were cut on town property in the shoreland zone adjacent to Camden Harbor and the spillway of the Megunticook River. The town Tree Warden determined that seven trees, including substantial lilacs, were entirely removed and about 70 limbs were taken.

“It is remarkable that you simply left all the cuttings on the ground, as much of it was falling into the water putting boats/motors in the Harbor in harm’s way,” Kelly wrote.

Johnson Arboriculture LLC. was hired to review the site and develop a restoration plan.

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