CAMDEN — In its Feb. 1 meeting, the Camden Select Board discussed fees for town services and use of facilities including the Snow Bowl, Codes & Planning and the Opera House. It also dealt with the resignation of a Select Board member.

The board voted to accept the resignation of Select Board member Matthew Siegel.

“Given the timing of the resignation it makes the most sense for this vacancy to be filled during the town’s normal election cycle, which would be the June town meeting,” Town Manager Audra Caler said in an email Feb. 2.

Camden will have two seats to fill — one for a 3-year-term (Marc Ratner’s current seat) and 1 for a 2-year-term (Siegel’s seat).

The board rescheduled its joint workshop with Lincolnville officials on the dams issue to Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Camden Town Hall. The board also rescheduled the Parking Management Study public meeting to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Turning to the Snow Bowl fees, Ratner argued the fee for adult use of the Snow Bowl softball diamond should be dropped from $300 to $100.

Chair Bob Falciani and Vice Chair Alison McKellar disagreed. McKellar said a lot of discussion had gone into setting those fees. It was also noted that the fees have not covered the cost of maintaining the field.

Caler said the rule needed to be that there would be no drinking or smoking at the field.

“It can’t be a free-for-all,” she said. “We need to know people are up there for safety reasons.”

Town officials, in discussing the issue, noted that people tend to drink beer when they play league softball games and restricting that might make the fee moot since leagues would pick another field.

McKellar said she would like to make the tubing hill affordable for local families. The board suggested $5 per hour.

The board voted 4-0 to approve the Snow Bowl/Parks & Recreation fee schedule with some minor changes to what had been proposed, including the tubing at $5 per hour and specifying that full facility rental for the lodge for $1,000 is a daily rate. They also called for more information on certain items.

Planning and Development Director Jeremy Martin had proposed increases to the fees for codes and planning, including raising costs for public hearings, to have the developer pay for the cost of public notices and advertising.

He suggested that demolition permits should be broken out into two fees, $250 for more than 400 square feet and $50 for structures smaller than 400 square feet.

McKellar said it should be broken down more by presence or absence of lead paint or asbestos.

The board also discussed setting the fees at $250 for every 1,000 square feet. Martin said the key was to have the fees cover the amount of work the town puts into administering the permits.

He said there will be a significant amount of demolition in the near future. He said toxic materials would be handled by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

A large demolition project can require more inspections and being on-site during the actual demolition for town employees, so that could drive up the costs for the town, Martin said. Dust is also an issue with demolition projects, officials said.

Falciani suggested another tier. For 401 square feet to 1,000 it would be $250. At more than 1,000 square feet, the demolition fee would jump to $500.

On the topic of shoreland zone and floodplain management fees, Martin wrote to the board, “Due to the level of technical review required for projects in the shoreland overlay zone and in the floodplain, I have proposed to increase the fees for major shoreland zone review from $100 to $200 and the fee for major floodplain (two-part) from $200 to $250.”

Martin said at the Select Board meeting he would like to see an erosion control fee added for projects on the shore. This could mean adding erosion control inspections. Falciani agreed, suggesting erosion control inspections at the discretion of the town planning and code office.

Flood hazard development fees for major projects would go from $200 to $250.

For site plan review fees, Martin proposed increasing full site plan review fees from $275 to $400 and the fee for a site plan amendment from $200 to $300.

Select Board members discussed whether fees for large-scale projects that create much more work for the town should cost more.

McKellar suggested increasing the fee for a wireless tower review from the proposed $300.

She and board member Sophie Romana said they could see setting that at $1,000 considering the amount of work reviewing towers takes and the fact that towers are only proposed by large commercial developers. Falciani agreed, directing Martin to raise it to $1,000.

Caler suggested the fee schedule for codes and planning might be something the board should discuss in a workshop. Falciani suggested publishing these fees and then making a long-term future plan in a workshop.

The board voted 3-1 to approve the fee schedule with the changes the board had discussed that evening. McKellar opposed the motion.

Next came the Opera House fees, which came with no proposed changes from previous years. Ratner said he did not think there needed to be major changes until they knew how the world would be, referring to the pandemic. The board decided not to vote on that issue since there was no change.

During public comment, Capt. Ray Williamson of Maine Windjammer Cruises again raised concerns about the decision that denied him use of a town-owned float. In October, the Select Board reduced the number of licensed daysailers from seven to six in the harbor and did not renew Williamson’s license for day cruises in his 1941 lobster boat, the Sally. Part of the issue at the time was that Williamson had not used the Sally much in recent seasons and others were waiting for a chance to have a spot.

Williamson has argued he was not properly informed of the meeting in which the decision was made. He said he has been waiting three months for the Select Board to get back to him on this issue. He has been attending Select Board meetings and raising it during the public comment portion.

Falciani said the town would get back to him on this but added that things do not move quickly with a town meeting form of government.

The board voted 4-0 to approve victualer and lodging license for Hartstone Inn at 41 Elm St., and 4-0 to approve the victualer license for 40 Paper at 40 Washington St.

The board voted 4-0 to authorize Caler to sign a consent agreement with Martha L. Rogers of Chestnut Street. Rogers violated town ordinance by cutting trees in a right-of-way on Cedar Street in December, according to the agreement document, and was assessed a penalty of $3,000. The agreement notes that some of the trees were in need of removal due to age and infirmity, making the penalty less than it might have been.

The board also discussed ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety and a proposed Erosion Control Ordinance Amendment.

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