WILTON — A Norridgewock motorcycle school is expanding to Wilton, pending Planning Board approval Thursday night.
Central Maine Motorcycle School LLC is planning to expand its Somerset classes to the Western Maine Expo, formerly Nichols Expo, on the Weld Road.
The school, owned and operated by Stephen Ireland of Norridgewock, now offers classes in Norridgewock and Skowhegan, but, his wife, Evelyn, said on Friday, they get a lot of calls from Rangeley, Mexico and the western Maine area. Since he is not aware of other classes in this area, he wants to expand to meet the needs of those students.
Ireland teaches a two-day, 15-hour course with five hours of classroom work and 10 hours spent riding around the parking lot, she said. Painting of lines for placement of cones in the parking lot will start Friday, if the permit is granted, so that a class can begin soon, she said.
There is an eight-hour course he offers in Norridgewock that allows one to obtain a permit to drive a motorcycle for practice until a license is obtained. This may eventually also be offered in Wilton, she said.
As for students, they range from 16-year-olds who have completed driver education to 80-year-olds, she said.
Ireland has 14 motorcycles for training in the class so students can try driving before investing in their own.
A retired Navy veteran with 21 years in the service, Ireland, 52, now contracts full time for the military, while also teaching motorcycle riding at the Brunswick base and throughout New England. He has been teaching motorcycle safety since 1992 and offering the Central Maine Motorcycle School for the past three-plus years, she said.
“He loves doing it. He loves teaching,” she added.
Other applications coming before the board Thursday included one from Jeanne Carter to operate a counseling clinic, Outpatient Therapy, on Route 2 East; an application from Community Concepts Inc. to operate a Headstart Child Care Center, also on Route 2, and one from John Black for a building permit for a greenhouse at Rocky Hill Landscaping.
Skyline Real Estate Services Inc. is requesting the board change the zoning of the Forster Mill on Depot Street from industrial to downtown village.