Franklin Planning Board won’t develop noise ordinance

FRANKLIN — Voters here were evenly split Tuesday on whether to allow the Planning Board to develop a noise ordinance to be considered at the town’s annual meeting in March.

Two hundred forty-one voters approved the development of such an ordinance and 241 rejected it.

Town Clerk Deborah Lurvey said a recount has been conducted and that per Maine Municipal Association guidelines, a tie vote means that the measure does not pass.

The question to allow the development of a noise ordinance made its way to the ballot via a citizens’ initiative petition and was prompted by an application from TC Gravel, LLC, for a special exception permit for the development of a rock quarry on the South Bay Road.

The development of a noise ordinance would not have affected the application for the quarry but would have applied to future projects.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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