Demolition ordinance on agenda at Winter Harbor town meeting

WINTER HARBORA proposed ordinance prompted by the tear-down of a gas station by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby will be put before voters at Town Meeting June 19.

The ordinance would allow, among other things, the public time to weigh in on the proposed demolition of any building 50 years old or older.

Voters also will be asked to approve a municipal budget of $1.57 million, which includes funding for schools and the Hancock County tax. Last year’s budget was $1.635 million.

Local elections will be held June 11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Masonic Hall.

Selectman Larry Smith Jr. is running unopposed for a three-year term.

Planning Board members Bruce MacKay and Alan Nauss are unopposed for re-election to their seats.

The proposed demolition ordinance is one of 38 articles on the warrant for the 7 p.m. Town Meeting Wednesday, June 19, at Hammond Hall.

Voters will be asked to consider another proposal to reduce the setback for construction in side yards from 20 feet to 10 feet.

Regarding the demolition ordinance, the owner could still tear down the building.

But Planning Board members who drafted the proposal said the hope is alternatives might be discussed, such as moving the building.

Quimby purchased the former service station at the corner of Main and Newman streets and had it torn down this spring to the outcry of some local residents and the applause of others.

The service station, which was located at the corner of Newman and Main streets, had been shuttered for several years.

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Jacqueline Weaver

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