Board discusses pesticides, fees
Post Office painting bid comes in high
DUBLIN — Issues regarding the use of pesticides at the Dublin Lake Club golf course were brought up again at the Select Board meeting Monday. Select Board Chair Sterling Abram said attorneys for the town are holding meetings with attorneys from the club to discuss the pesticide use in the club’s greens near Dublin Lake.
Abram said he had meet with the representatives from the golf club to discuss further actions. “It is clear in the [wetlands] ordinance that pesticide use is controlled near the wetlands,” Abram said.
Abram said the town’s previous code enforcement officer and building inspector had visited the golf club and had not found any irregularities. He also reiterated that the inspectors from the Pesticide Control Division in the state Department of Agriculture had conducted a site visit to the club and determined all the requirements were being meet.
In other business, board members and Michael Borden, the town’s current building inspector and code enforcement officer, discussed the possibility of increasing the fee the town charges property owners for building permits. The fees in Dublin are currently 15 cents per square foot for residential buildings and 20 cents per square foot for commercial buildings. Borden said 25 cents per square foot is a moderate fee that other towns are charging.
Selectman Study Thomas stated he wouldn’t oppose the increase, however, he suggested the group do more research before coming up with a proposal. “We don’t want to be making money on our citizens,” Thomas said.
Town Administrator Sherry Miller said in order to increase the fees, the town officials would need to hold a public hearing.
Also, the Select Board discussed the possibility of amending the farming ordinance in Dublin. Abram brought up concerns about having laws and regulations that did not benefit local producers. “We want to have reasonable restrictions that people can meet,” Abram said.
Abram proposed having a meeting with local farmers in the near future.
“I would like to have them come in and give us provide input on current regulations and tell us what they would like to see done,” he said.
The Select Board also reviewed a painting bid submitted by Esteban Spectacular Painting. The bid includes painting and completing various repairs in the Post Office building. The proposed bid, for $14,950 plus $3,000 for miscellaneous repairs, goes well beyond the $8,000 that was approved for the project at Town Meeting in March.
Board members discussed the possibility of completing the project in two stages.
“People will be upset if the warrant article establishes a certain amount of money and we go way over it,” Abram said.
In an interview Wednesday, Miller said one of the selectmen will meet with the bidder to discuss the proposal.