Proposed building code ordinance to be reviewed in Jay

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JAY — Selectmen on Monday will review draft ordinances on building and energy codes, subdivisions and a weatherization loan program at 6 p.m. at the Town Office.

Review of the ordinances was postponed in January due to stormy weather.

The building and energy code ordinance is based on the state requiring towns with 4,000 or more residents to comply with the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. It is optional for towns with fewer than 4,000 residents. Jay has a population of 4,885.

If the town doesn’t adopt new rules, the state will impose its rules, Town Manager Ruth Cushman said last month.

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The draft ordinance proposes building permits, third-party inspections and occupancy permits, among other things, for new buildings and for renovations to existing buildings.

Building permits would be required per the state code.

Selectmen also will review a Subdivision Ordinance amendment that has been approved by the Planning Board. Selectmen would have to certify it to go to town meeting.

The third ordinance selectmen will review has to do with the Property Assessed Clean Energy program.

For property owners to participate in the Efficiency Maine loan program, the town must adopt an ordinance. Eligible property owners could take out low-interest loans of up to $15,000 over 15 years to weatherize and make their homes energy-efficient.

If all three ordinances are approved, they will go to voters in a referendum Tuesday, June 12.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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