Multiple moving chairs on town planning board

TREMONT — Despite being affected by illness, unexcused absences and vacationing members, the town’s planning board has been able to continue business as usual.

“We have a quorum,” said Code Enforcement Officer John Larson about the Monday night meeting with four members present. “We haven’t missed a stroke.”

Members of the planning board recently voted 3–2 in favor of dismissing Scott Grierson from his seat that was not set to expire until 2022, citing unexcused absences. Selectmen had the final say of whether Grierson remained on the board; they agreed with the recommendation from planning board members to remove him from the seat.

Recently Wayne Patton, a former fire chief of the town and current member of the planning board, was diagnosed with an illness that prevents him from being present at meetings for at least a month. Meetings for the board are scheduled for every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

According to the town ordinance, four consecutive unexcused absences can be reason for dismissal from the board.

Recently appointed member Mark Good was elected chairman once the decision was made to remove Grierson. Susan Snyder is the vice chairman of the board. There is also currently a vacant seat to fill for a three year term. Full terms on the board are for five years.

According to Larson, there is not an unusual amount of building or construction projects going on in the town. The board is working on changes to the town’s zoning ordinance. Those changes, that include removing the wireless communication tower and site plan review aspects from the ordinance, are slated to go to voters at the annual town meeting in May.

A public hearing regarding those changes is scheduled for March 12 in the Harvey Kelley Meeting Room at the town office.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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