Lookner reelected, Benzie joins Camden Select Board

By Susan Mustapich | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: Susan Mustapich

CAMDEN — At the polls June 12, voters elected Jenna Lookner and Taylor Benzie to the select board, Patrick McCafferty to the SAD 28/CSD school board, and approved a handful of zoning and ordinance changes.

Zoning changes will add four beds to a residential substance abuse treatment facility, allow non-related persons to share a room in congregate housing, and allow the Select Board to approve signage for special events. An ordinance change will allow the Select Board to approve food trucks at town-sponsored events, on town-owned land.

Select Board

In an uncontested race, Lookner, the incumbent, was elected to a three-year term, with 1,391 votes.

Benzie was elected to a three-year terms, with 767 votes.

SAD 28/CSD board

Patrick McCafferty was elected to a three-year term as a director of SAD28/CSD19, with 1295 votes. Incumbent Lynda Chilton dropped out of the contested race the week prior to the vote, but her name was on the ballot. She received 626 votes at the polls.

Camden Personnel Board

Stephanie Griffin was elected to a three-year term on the Personnel Board, with 839 votes in a contested election. Jonathan Beitler received 241 votes.

Bella Point

Voters approved, 1,435 to 214, a zoning change to congregate housing that allows non-related residents to share a semi-private room.

Bella Point is a private non-medical institution that provides 24-hour care for elderly residents.The zoning change will allow the facility to house 45 residents.

The change will bring costs in line with MaineCare reimbursement, which pays for a resident to share a semi-private room, but will not cover the full cost of a private room.

Borden Cottage

Voters approved a zoning change to allow Borden Cottage, a residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility, located on outer Bay View Street, to treat up to 12 patients (1,211: yes / 384: no). The facility was previously limited to eight patients and is large enough to house an additional four patients without renovation. It is affiliated with McLean Hospital in Boston, Mass., which specializes in psychiatric care, research, and education.

The zoning change to increases the front setback from the road to 100 feet and side setbacks to 50 feet was approved, 1,079 to 419.

Food trucks

Voters approved a change to the hawking and peddling ordinance, 1,417 to 211, to allow the town to license mobile food trucks for town sponsored events on town property.

Signage approval for special events

Voters approved, 1,184 to 351, giving authority to the Select Board to approve signs for temporary events.

Food service definitions

Voters approved, 1,067 to 439, a zoning change to update food service definitions.

Town Meeting

Voting continues at Town Meeting, June 13, 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, on the municipal budget, to authorize the Select Board to bond $13.9 million for repairs and upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, two pump stations, and a sewer main; approve $310,000 to repair the Seabright Dam; replace storm water infrastructure on Bay View Street, and a number of housekeeping items.

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