WILTON – Planners on Thursday approved a permit to operate a business to manufacture ice fishing traps.

Brian Maxham will make the fishing traps at his home on More Acres Road and sell them to stores and other outfitters. Maxham said he may also sell some from his home. While Maxham said he will not encourage people to come to his home to purchase the traps, some may stop by when they see his sign.

In other business, planners reviewed a letter from Maine Municipal Association concerning property near Wilson Lake that a couple is considering purchasing. At their last meeting, Bill and Susan Herliny asked planners for information before they decided whether they would purchase the Robert Sween property.

The Herlinys plan to turn the five-bedroom residence into a duplex, possibly sharing ownership of the home and having land in common. The land would not be divided and the couple does not plan to expand the building. They said they will only remodel the inside.

Susan Herliny said another kitchen would be added in an existing room and another access would be created to enter the basement.

Code Enforcement Officer Brenda Medcoff said the property is nonconforming and therefore conforming use is permitted if planners decide that what the Herlinys want to do would cause no more adverse impact on the lake. The question remained whether a new 50-foot right of way is needed because the home would no longer be a single-family dwelling. MMA attorney Jim Katsiaficas said in a letter to Medcoff that it is not. Medcoff said the Herlinys submitted an application for the property this week and she sent them a copy of the MMA letter.

Planners also continued their discussion of a proposed subdivision ordinance that would follow state guidelines.

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