More housing permits issued in Livermore

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LIVERMORE – Permits were issued for 15 new homes in town in 2006, compared to 10 in the last fiscal year, Code Enforcement Officer Richard Marble said in a written report to selectpersons Tuesday night.

Along with the new homes, permits were issued for nine mobile homes, 19 additions to structures, 13 garages, three barns and two camps.

The average price of the new homes was $140,133, compared to $115,312 last year. The highest priced home came in at $223,603, the lowest price was $40,000, “which, I believe, was a camp,” Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub said. “The price of a building permit is based on a flat rate, plus square footage,” he said.

Schaub advised that the Planning Board has decided the Barnyard All-Terrain track on Route 108 meets the town’s site plan ordinance and approved the application.

Several abutters had asked the board to reject the application because of the noise levels.

Selectperson Tom Berry said, “If a town decides to consider noise on applications, there’s a lot of necessary equipment to monitor that noise and standards you have to go by.”

“You can’t change things and shut someone down,” said Selectperson Wayne Timberlake, “when they have already met the existing criteria,” he said.

A contractor who lost his appeal for shoreland zoning violations has asked if he could provide $1,000 in service to the town instead of paying the fine.

Selectpersons Brenda Merrill and Chairperson Grace Jacques asked what jobs needed to be done.

“This spring there will be some small projects,” Schaub said.

Selectperson John Wakefield asked, “What experience does he have? Is he reputable?”

“He’s a general contractor and has completed a course with the Department of Environmental Protection which was required as part of his fine,” Schaub replied.

Timberlake said, “We have people here in town who can do those jobs. That contractor was warned at the beginning of the project. We should stick to the monetary fine.”

Tom Berry added, “If we we’re going to negotiate the fine, we wouldn’t have gone through the Planning Board and appeal process.”

“Based on what I’ve heard, he should pay the fine,” agreed Wakefield.

The board is reviewing lists of possible candidates for the Comprehensive Planning Board. “We will be sending out invitations to those who have expressed an interest in serving on the board,” Schaub said. He indicated that the list contains a very diverse group of people, “People who have been around for awhile, are established, and plan on staying around, which is good, because there’s a learning curve, and if we get nine or 10 out of the 12 on this list, we are in good shape,” he said.

Livermore will be hosting a rabies clinic from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 13. The cost is $12 per dog. Owners of dogs not registered by the end of January are subject to late fees and possible fines.

The Cemetery Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Town Office.

The Town Office will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Selectpersons will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Town Office.

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