Planners want experts to look at Poland Spring project


KINGFIELD – Planning Board members Monday night discussed hiring experts to provide peer oversight of the board’s review of a Poland Spring application to build a bottling plant in town.

“We decided we will need some additional consultants to do a proper peer review of (Poland Spring’s) application,” Chairman David Guernsey said Tuesday.

Hydrogeologist John Tewhey and traffic consultant Tom Gorrill are reviewing the application, but board members decided Monday “we’re going to need someone to advise us in the area of noise, lighting and landscaping, and a civil engineer to look at the overall project.”

Poland Spring representatives were not at the meeting.

Planning Board members voted unanimously Monday to approve an application to extend a road into a Jordan Lumber gravel pit. The road was extended last year without a permit. Board members gave approval to Les Jordan’s request after he agreed to “seed and mulch the banks” along Route 27 and “plant some trees” to screen the gravel pit from view.

The pit is sited next to a state maintenance yard that was denuded of trees earlier this year, Guernsey said. Because the section of Route 27 where the pit and yard are located is classified as a scenic vista, board members asked the state and Jordan to contribute to landscaping the affected area. Jordan has two years to plant the trees, Guernsey said.