May 17, 2013
Sue McCarthy greets Bob Bond and Bob Carlton at MFPC’s booth at the 2013 Northeastern Forest Products Expo in Bangor today. Sue and Pat Sirois staffed the booth Friday. Patrick Strauch and Roberta Scruggs will be on hand Saturday, along with Dick Robertson and Allan Ryder. Please stop by the Bangor Auditorium and say hello.
ACF merger makes it through another vote
Support for the ACF merger stood firm this week, although it was certainly tested when Commissioner Walt Whitcomb told the ACF Committee that they needed to include five new positions in the amendment to LD 837.
“I’m having a hard time understanding how we can combine two departments and end up with more people,” Sen. Troy Jackson, D-Aroostook, co-chair, told Commissioner Walt Whitcomb.
Wednesday’s work session could have just been a quick run-through of the changes to the LD 837 amendment that the committee approved 11-2 last week. But when Whitcomb began talking about new positions, he also unleashed a discussion of everything from the size of his office staff, to Di-Cap funding, to the reception a request for new positions would receive in Appropriations. Read more.
In a unanimous vote May 16, the Criminal Justice and Safety Committee held over until next year LD 297, the bill that would have armed Maine’s forest rangers. Committee members decided to wait for the report of of a task force ordered by Gov. Paul LePage. Read more.
Committees also were working this week on wind power, bonded labor, mining, use of aquatic pesticides and corporate income tax disclosure. Read more.
The Land Use Planning Commission is seeking public comment on the standards that comprise the Certification Criteria for Projects Requiring DEP Site Permits. Notice of the public comment period and the draft Site Law Certification standards are posted on the commission’s website. The deadline for submitting written comments is the close of business Monday, June 3. If you have any questions, contact Marcia Spencer Famous, 207-287-4933. It’s important for landowners to participate in the upcoming hearing on the LUPC certification process. The document defines the land use standards that are addressed by LUPC when an application for a project in the unorganized territory is submitted to DEP for Site Law permit. Environmental advocates have argued that the CLUP itself should be a compliance standard. Land owners have fought to make sure that the CLUP is used to guide zoning districts and land use rules, and is not itself a land use standard for each permit. We will send out more information about MFPC concerns prior to the hearing.
Sarah Medina of Seven Islands provides an update of Aroostook County’s community guided planning efforts after the second meeting of the steering committee. Read more.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking for award nominations for “Organized Land User Groups who have gone above and beyond cooperating with and supporting landowners.” Nomination form.
The Maine Forest Products Council Annual meeting will be held Sept. 8-9 at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Carrabassett Valley.
You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have fun and catch up with your friends. Please join us at at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course on July 18. Learn more.