NEW GLOUCESTER – The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 Monday night to approve a consent agreement with Ronald Henry for violations of his home occupation permit for Ron’s Small Engine Repair on Route 100.

Terms include:

• Keep a 30- by 25-foot area for the home occupation storage area visually  screened;

• Keep items such as unregistered personal vehicles and personal lawn and garden equipment in a designated storage area;

• Dedicate a 674-square-foot garage area for repair of equipment, with no outside storage of machines allowed;

• Comply with the agreement or it becomes void and the town will pursue legal action.

• Sign the agreement within seven business days and he can reopen his business after an additional 30 days.

Last spring, the board pulled Henry’s permit because of violations over a period of years. Code Enforcement Officer Debra Parks Larrivee worked with Henry, who made significant progress in addressing what became a junkyard.

The CEO will continue to monitor the site.

In other business, the board got an update from attorney Shana Cook-Mueller on a proposed Tax Increment Financing amendment for the Pineland Development District. It allows the town to use some of the TIF money collected from Pineland Center toward debt service payments on a new Public Works facility, administrative costs and other development projects.

A public hearing and town meeting vote are required. The state Department of Economic and Community Development must give final approval to the amendment following the town vote.

The Pineland TIF was established in 2001 and continues through 2031. The town is authorized to receive 100 percent of the increased assessed value in the district and use the revenue on all economic development projects and public improvements.

Finally, the board will hold a special town meeting, before Nov. 8, on a six-month moratorium on retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs. The moratorium will give time to develop zoning ordinance provisions.


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