Zoning, citizen’s petitions on ballot

BAR HARBOR — Residents will go to the polls Tuesday, June 9, to vote on open Town Council and School Committee seats, as well as three articles relating to the Land Use Ordinance (LUO).

Polls in the municipal building auditorium will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

Two seats are open for three-year terms on the Town Council. Incumbents Gary Friedmann and Peter St. Germain are on the ballot. Matthew A. Hochman is a declared write-in candidate. In accordance with the Town Charter, write-in candidates must receive at least 25 votes, the same number of signatures required if he had circulated nomination papers.

Dwayne Bolt is running unopposed for the two-year term on the superintending school committee, also as a write-in, to fill the seat vacated this year by Ronald Wrobel. Melisa Rowland is running unopposed for reelection to a three-year school committee seat. Robert L. Jordan Jr. is the sole candidate for a three-year term as MDI School District trustee.

Article 2 is the “repeal and replace” of the town’s LUO.

Articles 3 and 4 are citizen’s initiatives and amendments to the LUO that grew out of debates this year over a proposed new electrical substation.

The Town Council initially put the initiatives, Articles 3 and 4, on the ballot at the November election, citing concerns of contradictory results if they and the LUO replacement were all to pass.

In February, attorney Arthur Greif filed a lawsuit with co-plaintiff Sam Dunlap, asking the Hancock County Superior Court to order the Council to place both warrant articles (3 and 4) on the June warrant. Justice Robert Murray did so, but questions remain as to whether a simple majority or two-thirds vote is required to enact a zoning change through a citizen’s initiative.

Article 3 adds a definition of Public Utility Installation to the LUO.

Article 4 adds a definition of Public Utility Facility and amends Appendix C in three specific districts to include these facilities with conditional use permits.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.