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TREMONT — About two dozen voters attended a special town meeting here Tuesday, approving all five articles on the warrant in ten minutes, according to town manager Millard Billings.

 

Voters gave the nod to the transfer of up to $77,750 from the town office construction account to the account for the federal dredging of Bass Harbor. The money is what was unused for the construction of the town office.

They also authorized the transfer of remaining funds in a revaluation reserve account to the harbor management reserve account. The amount to be transferred is $36,250 plus interest earned since June 30, 2009 and would be used to cover the town’s “piggyback” dredging project at the Bernard Wharf.

Voters adopted two amendments to the town’s zoning ordinance.

One regulates communications towers, allowing for towers up to 125 feet in height, sets a minimum setback from property lines, requires a locked eight-foot-high fence to surround the tower and related equipment and the posting of a sign with the name and contact information of the owner of the facility. It also requires the applicant to complete an alternative analysis study that details the site selection process and gives reasons why an existing tower can not be used.

A second amendment requires junkyards and automobile graveyards to go before the planning board to obtain a permit. Existing facilities with a valid permit from selectmen are exempt from the new requirement.

Voters also approved raising or appropriating $8,690 for updating the town’s comprehensive plan.

For more community news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

 

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