LAMOINE — Campaign signs urging voters to reject the proposed new gravel ordinance were stolen from several locations in town overnight Oct. 29.
Carol Korty of Friends of Lamoine, which purchased the signs, said almost all of the 50 campaign posters were taken.
She said she reported the loss to state police and the Hancock County Sheriff‘s Office, “expressing my regret that this kind of mean-spirited vandalism should have occurred.”
“These had been paid for, almost $500, by many small contributions from lots of Lamoiners,” Korty said.
The signs were posted at about a half-dozen intersections Oct. 25.
The proposed ordinance would ensure that existing gravel mining operations could dig up to 50 feet to the nearest abutter.
The proposal also would lengthen the life of a permit from three years to five years, as well as make other changes.
The ordinance does not address a major change to the Building and Land Use Ordinance made by voters in June 2014.
The amendment prohibits any gravel mining in the town’s rural and agricultural zone, which encompasses most of the town.
Korty said there were hundreds of signs posted around town prior to the June 2014 vote and none was removed or vandalized.
She said the Friends of Lamoine group also purchased direct mailers that went to every resident.
There were no signs posted in support of the ordinance.