Local Board Rejects Maine’s RV Dumping Plan
A local planning board has rejected a proposal from Maine officials to build a septic dumping station at the state park on Eastern Bay near Lamoine, Maine.
Gordon Donaldson, vice chairman of Lamoine’s planning board, said the board gave conditional approval July 14 to a request from the state Bureau of Parks and Lands to build a roofed, open-air picnic pavilion in Lamoine State Park on a hillside overlooking the bay.
However, the board rejected the state’s request for approval to build the dumping station, Donaldson said, because of septic concerns and because there wasn’t enough of a buffer between the proposed site and a nearby home, according to the Bangor (Maine) Daily News.
The board said that if the state conducts a hydrological study of the area where the pavilion will be built and is satisfied that the pavilion, an attached bathroom and a nearby parking lot and septic field won’t affect the water quality of the bay or any nearby properties, that it can build the pavilion facility.
"There’s a lot of concern in Lamoine about the quality of water," Donaldson said.
Approximately 30 residents attended the board’s meeting at the town office to express their concerns about the proposed project. Chief among their concerns were the potential environmental effects the septic dumping station and the picnic pavilion might have on neighbors and water quality.
Neighbors who said they had issues with the proposal also said they were unhappy that they found out about it from the town rather than being informed of it directly by state officials.
State officials affiliated with Lamoine State Park and the state Bureau of Parks and Lands had said they wanted to install the dumping station and the pavilion, which would be on a hillside overlooking the bay, to better serve the needs of park visitors. Similar facilities exist at other state parks, they said, and are likely to be popular among out-of-town users at Lamoine State Park.
There is a seasonal campground at the park that has about 60 camping sites. Last year, about 16,500 campers stayed at the park, according to state officials.
No word yet on whether the state plans to appeal the board’s decision.