Appendix C Yanked From Ballot

BAR HARBOR — The controversial Appendix C table of land uses was pulled off of the November election ballot by a unanimous town council Tuesday.

Voters were to have had a chance to ratify the Appendix, which has been the subject of questions, confusion and a lawsuit since changes to it were made at the June 2010 town meeting. But the version that was to be sent to voters in an attempt to rectify that situation is rife with mistakes, town manager Dana Reed told councilors Tuesday.

While there may be time to fix the errors before the November election, the discovery of mistakes at this point in the process is enough to scuttle the vote and lose the confidence of the townspeople, Mr. Reed wrote in a memo to councilors.

“There have been so many foul-ups to Appendix C that what little credibility the town may have had is, at least to my mind, completely blown,” Mr. Reed wrote. “I cannot recommend risking further loss of confidence by placing a flawed document before the voters and asking them to trust us.”

Councilors voted 4-0 Tuesday to remove the Appendix vote from the November election ballot. Councilors Paul Paradis and Jane Disney were recused from the matter because of perceived conflicts of interest.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]