Franklin voters approve amendments

FRANKLIN — Voters approved all nine articles on the warrant for the town of Franklin’s special meeting held June 28. The meeting is typically held this time to year to address leftover business from the town’s annual meeting in March.  

Articles included appropriating $1,500 in unexpended funds for the town’s Bicentennial Committee and celebration and to indefinitely postpone appropriating funding from the town’s unexpended funds to reduce the 2021 tax commitment. 

Voters also approved amendments to ordinances proposed by the town’s Planning Board. 

Amendments include increasing the fee from $100 to $250 for those applying for a special exception permit, adding definitions to the solar ordinance and changing the requirements for publishing information on public hearings scheduled after a special exception permit has been filed. 

The change requires the town to post notice of public hearings at the town office at least 13 days ahead of the hearing and publish notice of the hearing at least two times in a newspaper that complies with state statute. The first date must be at least 12 days before the hearing and the second date at least seven days before the hearing. The purpose of the amendment is to make requirements consistent with other notice requirements within the town’s land use ordinances.

Additionally, voters approved changing the time frame for Planning Board decisions following a public hearing from 30 days to 30 days “or within such other time limit as may be mutually agreed.” The reason for the amendment is to “add flexibility in the decision-making process.”

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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