SUMNER — A cottage owner on Labrador Pond was advised Tuesday night that sand added to her private beach requires a state permit.

Selectmen were told Tuesday night that Colin Clark from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection called the town office to report the situation and that no permits had been issued for adding the sand.

Dulcie Brown, the owner of Tilador camp, said she ordered three yards of sand and had no idea she needed a permit. She said she’s added sand several times since she bought the cabin in 1971 and never was asked for a permit.

Brown also said she thought someone was dumping wash water into the pond, which was making grass grow on the beach and she was trying to return it to its natural state.

Ute Simons, who summers on the pond, said she had noticed that the plants were growing well, which could be a sign of phosphorus in the water.

Code Enforcement Officer Sydney Abbott said he had been called to check on a house that might have been dumping wash water into the pond and found no evidence of a washing machine in the house.

Brown said she was returning to California in a few days and didn’t know what to do.

“We don’t want to do anything illegal,” she said.

Abbott said he would agree to her moving the sand back 25 feet and putting a silt fence around it while waiting for a permit. Otherwise the sand would have to be removed.

Cleanup of the Waterman property on Front Street is still an issue for the town. The board decided to have Abbott write up another violation and give the family two weeks to have the property cleaned up or face fines of $100 a day until it is done.

Abbott also reminded the board that anyone who wants to put a dock on one of the ponds must get a permit each year. He said the permits have stipulations.

A long discussion ensued over the width of Labrador Pond road, because one resident wanted to put up a rock wall.

Administrative Assistant Cyndy Norton said that once source says the road is four rods wide. Road Commissioner Jim Keach said he thought it was three rods wide.

Abbott said a setback should be measured from the center of the road and if the road were three rods, it should be measured 25 feet from the center of the road. A final decision on the rock wall will be made at the board’s next meeting.

The board opened bids for tax-acquired property on Route 219. The high bidder was George Andrews for $6,690.02.

There will be hearings on the new valuations on Aug. 28 and 31.

There will be a Shoreland Zoning Map hearing with John Maloney on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m.

The Town Office will be closed Saturday, Sept. 4.


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