Code enforcement officer

New code enforcement officer Richard St. John is getting settled in and working to establish fee structures.

Wednesday, selectmen approved a $25 application fee for work done on homes that costs more than $5,000.

They are discussing fees for plumbing inspections.

St. John recently set his office hours: Monday, Thursday and Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday 3 to 6 p.m. at the town office.

Sex offender restrictions

Selectmen want to limit where registered sex offenders can live in the town, barring them from being a certain distance from the school.

There is only one town, Waterboro, that has such an ordinance, committee member Beth Damon said during Wednesday’s meeting, and its law is being challenged for constitutionality.

Selectmen decided to see what happens in the Legislature regarding the issue, and proceed from there.

In the meantime town officials will look into putting a link to the state’s sex offender registry on the town’s Web site.

Other notes

The Winter Carnival Committee is hoping to host the second annual event Feb. 16 to 18. Planned activities include a variety show, ice fishing derby, poker runs and a Hawaiian beach party dance.

The historical society is working on a plan to preserve the old town house at 53 Bell Hill Road, society member Henry Hamilton announced to the board Wednesday. Necessary renovations include safety measures and bringing the building up to code.

“In present condition the old town house is not useful,” Hamilton said.

Illegal structures

There are two properties on Beehive Lane that may have illegal waterfront structures, planning board Chairman Richard Micklon said Wednesday.

They are two separate cases under review by the board, but with the same problem. Landowners tore down existing structures, a shed in one case, that were less than 100 feet from the water.

Then they rebuilt them without a permit, Micklon said.

Both situations have been in front of the planning board for more than a month, and will be resolved soon.

– Jessica Alaimo