Longtime Gouldsboro Planning Board chairman re-elected

GOULDSBORO — Ray Jones was unanimously voted in as the Planning Board’s chairman for another term Tuesday. Jones has headed the board for more than 20 years. John Korth and Jay Higgins were elected as vice chairman and secretary, respectively.

In addition, board members unanimously voted to recommend to selectmen that Deb Bisson and Paul Stewart be appointed as alternates. They also recommended that selectmen make Bisson a full Planning Board member to replace former member Robert Harmon, whose seat expires in 2022. Harmon was elected selectmen at the annual Town Meeting June 9.

Bisson, in her role as Comprehensive Plan Committee chairwoman, reported that five members so far have committed to serving on the newly formed town committee to update the plan. She is seeking at least an additional five members to participate in updating the plan that was adopted by townspeople 20 years ago. She also said that the Hancock County Planning Commission’s new executive director, Jarod Farn-Guillette, who is being contracted to assist the town in the process, will meet with committee members at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the Prospect Harbor Women’s Club building. The meeting is public and local residents interested in participating are encouraged to attend.

Attending Tuesday night’s meeting, Solid Waste Committee member Jerry Kron informed the board that a majority of Solid Waste Committee members had voted to seek “standing” in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s review of American Aquafarms’ waste discharge permit application for its proposed 30-pen operation to raise Atlantic salmon in Frenchman Bay.

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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