Steuben Voters Approve Two New Ordinances

STEUBEN — Voters Nov. 8 approved two new ordinances governing junkyards and floodplain areas as well as changes to the existing shellfish ordinance.

The junkyard ordinance, which passed 196-61, reinforces what has been in practice for many years.

The ordinance requires automobile junkyards and automobile recycling businesses to obtain a permit in order to conduct business.

Applicants must submit a site plan with their application detailing property boundary lines, nearby sand and gravel aquifers, water supplies, roads and buildings.

The businesses must be screened from view, have sufficient setbacks from other buildings and water supplies and all related fluids must be properly handled.

The flood management ordinance was approved 170-80 and will enable Steuben to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

The ordinance establishes a flood hazard development permit system with review procedures for development in designated flood hazard areas.

The areas of special flood hazard are identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The amendments to the 2003 Shellfish Conservation Ordinance passed on a vote of 171-71.

The amendments create a new $10, seven-day permit aimed at seasonal residents or weekly renters.

In addition, commercial clam diggers who are residents and complete 10 hours of conservation activities will pay a permit fee of $100, or $300 without the conservation time.

The same fees for nonresidents will be $200 and $400, respectively.

The year-round resident and nonresident recreational license fees will remain $50 and $100, respectively.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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