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LURC rejects utility line permit for project along Schoodic Lake

Article from Bangor Daily News, Friday, June 09, 2006

By Diana Bowley
Staff Writer

DOVER-FOXCROFT - In an unusual move, the Land Use Regulation Commission on Wednesday rejected a staff recommendation to approve a utility line permit in Lake View Plantation.

Eastbrook Timber Co. Inc. had sought amendment approval to install about 10,500 feet of utility line and poles on a former rail bed on its property along Schoodic Lake's eastern shore. The line, an extension of an existing utility line approved last year by LURC, would serve two existing seasonal camps on the lake, Ted Wolfertz of the LURC staff said Wednesday.

The commission saw the move as an encroachment on undeveloped Seboeis Lake, a lake that has two or more outstanding values.

Seboeis Lake is about a mile from the proposed project. Because of this concern, the commission directed the staff to return to a future commission meeting with a recommendation to deny the request.

Commission member Edward Laverty reminded the panel Wednesday that the applicant had guaranteed it would not extend the line, yet now was asking for an extension. He also voiced his concern about the applicant's financial and technical capability.

Familiar with the area, Laverty said the former rail bed was known as the Medford cutoff. Once it was abandoned, it was used as a logging road and then as a snowmobile trail. When the timber company plowed the road in the winter months, it essentially opened up the east shore of Schoodic Lake to year round use.

The applicant was not represented at the meeting.

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