ATV park, spring water business OK’d

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LIVERMORE – The Planning Board unanimously approved site plan applications for an all-terrain park near the Turner line and a water storage and distribution operation near the Canton line this week.

The item that generated the most interest was the all-terrain park for use by ATVs and four-wheel-drive trucks, board Vice Chairman Kurt Schaub said Thursday.

The park proposed by David Lovewell on Route 108 is a quarter-mile from Route 219 in Turner.

Concerns voiced included noise and public safety for fires and crowd control, Shaub said.

The town’s site plan application doesn’t address noise as a reason to reject an application, he said.

The Lovewells will have a tanker truck on site with water on it for fire protection as well as to wet down the area. The observation area would be roped off to prevent people from wandering onto other property.

It was agreed that the operation would stick to a limited schedule this season with conditional approval through Oct. 31. At that time, the Planning Board would again hear public comment to see if there is any reason to impose additional conditions on the operation.

There will be two event areas: an ATV mud run on a track and another in a straight line with mud in one area and sand in the other.

The facility is designed to park up to 250 cars.

The parcel is 55 acres but they’re not going to develop all of it. The event area is roughly in the middle of the parcel.

It would operate during daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays only.

One of the things the Lovewells were adamant about was there would be no alcohol beverages and glass allowed at the site, Schaub said.

In the other project, Jean and Sue Castonguay of Livermore Falls received permission to take up to 16,000 gallons a day of water from a spring-fed well on their property on Shackley Hill Road, Schaub said.

The couple plans to have a water storage and distribution center that will include a 10,000-gallon stainless steel tank and two tanker trucks traveling the road, located off Route 108, a quarter-mile from the Canton line, each day.

If the operation was to expand to 20,000 gallons a day, Schaub said, additional analysis would be needed to determine impact on the stream that feeds Brettuns Pond.

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