Property owner notification ordinance back on the table in Brooklin

BROOKLIN — Residents will be asked once again whether to adopt and enact a “Notice of Intent to Alter or Construct” ordinance, which raised ire and was voted down at the 2015 annual Town Meeting.

This year’s Town Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m. at the Brooklin School.

Polls will be open Friday, April 1, at the town office from 2 to 8 p.m.

The ordinance would require property owners to notify the town of any changes to their real estate. This would help make the work of the town’s assessors more efficient.

Residents opposed the ordinance last year, in part, because the language wasn’t clear, particularly about what penalties might result from noncompliance.

Selectman Bill Cohen said Tuesday that the town has better defined “what is the trigger and two, what would be a penalty.”

“We’d appreciate it being passed,” Cohen said. “But if it doesn’t pass, life will go on.”

In other business, residents will be asked to approve a few “housekeeping” ordinance changes, Cohen said.

Brooklin’s Flood Plain Ordinance needs to be repealed and a new ordinance passed “in order for the town and anyone to qualify [for aid] should something happen,” Cohen said.

“There’s a new shellfish ordinance; it’s more housekeeping than anything else,” he said.

Cohen said the financial articles on the warrant for municipal and school budgets are much the same as last year.

In election news, there is a contested race for two seats on the School Board.

Emily Stribling’s term expires. She is seeking re-election. School Board member Stacia Nevin is not seeking re-election.

Also running for School Board are Elizabeth Chamberlain and Jodie Schneider.

Neil Allen is seeking re-election to a one-year term as road commissioner.

Tax Collector Jeannine “Gigi” Hardy also is seeking re-election to a one year term.

Laura Sherman is running uncontested for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen.

Selectman Lori Gallo’s term is expiring and she has decided not to seek re-election. Gallo said she needs more time to run her campground.

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