OTISFIELD — Selectmen said Wednesday they will get legal advice on whether the 30-day limit to appeal the approval of a wedding barn on Gore Road can be extended.

Robert Becker, who owns land near the site, asked the board of clarify the process. He is appealing the Planning Board’s recent decision to approve the application by Tammy Ray Webster. 

Webster, a florist formerly of Auburn, plans to use a barn at the 1840 Linnell Farm at 439 Gore Road for weddings and other gatherings of up to 150 people. She purchased the 65-acre property last year and presented her project to the Planning Board in February.

Her plan includes using the main house for an inn for up to 12 wedding guests and renovating one of the barns for her home.

At a public hearing in April, Webster answered questions from more than a dozen neighbors about issues ranging from noise to traffic.

The Planning Board eventually approved the application but attached conditions, including installation of a sprinkler system in the reception hall recommended by Fire Chief Kyle Jordan. He said previously that he has seen a fire pond on the property and supports the concept, but recommends engineering to ensure its usefulness.

According to Becker, Webster presented an engineering report at the Planning Board meeting July 19. The report, by Albert Frick Associates, recommended a liner and dry hydrant for the fire pond.

Becker said that at that meeting, the board voted to let the owner work with Jordan on whether or not other recommendations could be made because of the cost of the work called for in the report.

The 30-day limit to appeal the Planning Board approval ends July 21, and Becker asked the board Wednesday if it could be extended to give abutters time to research the most recent information.

“This is a legit question,” Selectman Rick Micklon said.

“We will check on this and get back to you as soon as possible,” Chairman Hal Ferguson told Becker.

Selectmen agreed to consult the town attorney.

Becker’s appeal hearing is set for Aug. 9.

In other news, the board:

* Learned from Saturday Pond Water Shed Association member Ellen Attaliades that recent research on the water showed conditions to be excellent and that an adjustment to water levels was not necessary;

* Agreed to discuss with abutting landowners to the Town Pound the possibility of having a deed signed showing ownership of the pound by the town, based on the most recent survey. That survey and deed showed ownership and exact property lines to be in question;

* Approved the request of Heniger Park resident Irene Moody for a handrail to be installed at the entrance to the park’s south side beach;

* Reassigned a Heniger Park lease for Lot 17 to Karen MacGregor;

* Agreed to have Maine Survey Consultants pursue an easement approval with residents bordering the Saturday Pond Dam so needed repairs to the dam could be made;

* Agreed to have an independent party check on solutions to erosion issues at Bell Hill Cemetery;

* Learned from Administrative Assistant Anne Pastore that elections will take place at the Otisfield Community Hall because of space limitations at the Town Office; and 

* Approved a low bid of $106,568 from F.R. Carroll Inc. for paving at the fire station and paving Powhattan Road.


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