Lamoine gravel pit expansion gets green light; permits issued



LAMOINE — The Kittridge gravel pit in Lamoine, owned by Harold MacQuinn Inc., will be expanding following action by the town’s board of appeals.

In June, the appeals board found in favor of MacQuinn and overturned a previous decision by the town Planning Board denying expansion of the Douglas Highway site. The proposal would expand the site from 45 acres to 110.

McQuinn first applied to expand the gravel pit in 2012. That application was denied by the Planning Board more than once, most recently in December of 2017. The Planning Board cited potential impact on the aquifer underneath the gravel deposit, which could adversely affect the groundwater that supplies the Cold Spring Water Co. The board also cited adverse impact on properties near the pit area. The Appeals Board began reviewing the case in February of 2018. It was the subject of more than half a dozen meetings.

The Lamoine Appeals Board found that the MacQuinn application was supported by a hydrogeology report and testimony prepared by Michael A. Deyling and peer reviewed by a second hydrogeologist, Robert Gerber. The findings also stated that “the proposed expansion would not affect the Cold Spring Water Co. aquifer hydraulically, nor would the aquifer be impacted by any unanticipated release of petroleum product within the pit excavation area.”

The Appeals Board also concluded that expansion of the gravel pit would not involve excessive excavation or trucking activity.

Permits for the expansion were written by the Planning Board on July 9. Stu Marckoon, deputy town clerk and administrative assistant to the Board of Selectmen, said no further legal action had been taken to contest the most recent decision.

Maxwell Hauptman

Maxwell Hauptman

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Maxwell Hauptman has been reporting for The Ellsworth American since 2018. He covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties and welcomes story tips and ideas. He can be reached at [email protected]