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South Thomaston Gravel Pit
  • Published
    April 13, 2017

    Gravel pit to return to Planning Board

    The Board of Appeals voted unanimously to send an application for a gravel pit back to the Planning Board April 12. The board rejected almost every argument in the appeal from residents opposed to the pit proposed for 532 St. George Road, but agreed that the site map submitted by applicant Maxwell Young was not sufficient to meet the requirements of the town ordinance. The hand-drawn map includes a note that ...

  • Published
    March 16, 2017

    Gravel pit application likely to return to Planning Board

    South Thomaston's Board of Appeals will likely send an application for a gravel pit at 532 St. George Road back to the town's Planning Board after reviewing an appeal by the "aggrieved residents of South Thomaston" March 15. The board is expected to take a final vote March 29 at 6 p.m., at the Municipal Building. Near the beginning of the meeting, attendees and the board discussed whether board member Dianne ...

  • Published
    March 10, 2017

    Emotions run high at gravel pit appeal meeting

    Voices were raised and emotions ran high March 8 as members of the Planning Board defended their decision to approve a gravel pit at 532 St. George Road. The heated exchange between Jeff Northgraves of the Planning Board and a member of the public opposed to the pit came during the first meeting on an appeal filed to the town's Board of Appeals. Northgraves argued the Planning Board did an outstanding job of ...

  • Published
    February 9, 2017

    South Thomaston residents file appeal hoping to block gravel pit

    A group listed as the "aggrieved residents of South Thomaston" filed an appeal with the town Feb. 7 opposing the Planning Board's recent approval of a gravel pit at 532 St. George Road. Paul Neagle submitted the 21-page appeal document and numerous attached exhibits at the Town Office on behalf of the group. Maxwell R. Young applied for a special exception to allow gravel extraction Sept. 19. The Planning Board ...

  • Published
    January 13, 2017

    Planning Board approves gravel pit

    The Planning Board voted unanimously to approve Maxwell R. Young's application for a gravel pit operation at 532 St. George Road at its Jan. 12 meeting, but only after imposing restrictions on the hours of operation, number of truckloads and noise levels experienced by neighbors. Vice Chairman Jeff Northgraves reiterated at this meeting that as long as the project meets the conditions required in the ordinance, ...

  • Published
    December 16, 2016

    Planning board finds gravel pit application complete

    The Planning Board voted unanimously Dec. 15 to find the application for a gravel pit on St. George Road complete and plans to issue findings of fact and take a final vote on the project Jan. 12. The vote came after neighbors of the property at 532 St. George Road again criticized the project, saying it would decrease the value of their properties and would kick up dust that could hurt their health. Maxwell R. ...

  • Published
    December 15, 2016

    Planning Board to decide if gravel pit application is complete

    The Planning Board will decide next whether the application for a gravel pit on St. George Road is complete after receiving more information from the developer via email, according to documents on file with town officials. The next meeting of the Planning Board on this issue is Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Town Office. The meeting will be open to the public, but will not be a public hearing where members ...

  • Published
    December 1, 2016

    Planning Board will not visit proposed gravel pit

    The Planning Board will not perform a site walk at the proposed site of a gravel pit project because the property owner does not want residents on the property, according to Planning Board Vice Chairman Jeff Northgraves. For the past few months the Planning Board has been considering the proposal of Max Young to have Curtis Adolphsen of Union extract gravel from an old pit at 532 St. George Road on property owned ...

  • Published
    November 24, 2016

    Transparency paramount in gravel pit debate

    The South Thomaston Planning Board did a poor job Nov. 17 of making the public feel welcome in its process as it continues to consider a proposed gravel pit operation. When more than 30 residents packed the small meeting room at Town Hall hoping to learn more about the project, Planning Board Chairwoman Eileen Skarka informed them that the meeting was only for the board members to speak and that the one and only ...

  • Published
    November 18, 2016

    Residents demand hearing on gravel pit

    The more than 30 residents who showed up to Town Hall Nov. 17 to learn more about a proposed 5-acre gravel pit voiced surprise and dismay when Planning Board Chairwoman Eileen Skarka informed them the public hearing for this project had already passed. "The public has no right to speak," she said. Board members said the public could stay and watch the Planning Board meeting, but could not ask questions or make ...

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