Cape Elizabeth Town Council
February 9, 2015
Cape Elizabeth Town Hall
Convening by Town Council Chair Katharine N. Ray
00:32 Roll Call by the Town Clerk
00:51 Town Council Reports and Correspondence
03:21 Finance Committee Report
05:28 Citizen Opportunity for Discussion of Items Not on the Agenda
05:37 Town Manager’s Monthly Report
08:52 Review of Draft Minutes of January 12, 2015 meeting.
11:09 Item # 33-2015 Request to Extend Deadline of Planning Board Review of Special Events Ordinance
Councilor Wagner brought to the council’s attention at your last meeting the desire of the planning board to receive an extension of their time period to review the draft special events ordinance.
The current deadline is March 31, 2015.
13:09 Item # 34-2015 Winnick Woods New Trail Request
The conservation commission would like to install a new trail at the Winnick Woods Conservation area.
Item # 35-2015 Paper Streets
A report on the status of paper streets may be found here but please be alerted it is a large file.
A list of the streets may be found here.
Paper copies will be printed and provided to council members and will be made available to the public at cost. It is proposed to refer this item to a future town council workshop meeting.
18:58 Item # 36-2015 Political Signs on Traffic Islands
The Town Council referred to the Ordinance Committee a review of the Sign Ordinance regulation of political signs. Advice from Town Attorney Tom Leahy was reviewed, as well as the current Sign Ordinance at the January 16, 2015 meeting. The Ordinance Committee voted 3-0 to remove the prohibition on political sign placement in the public right-of-way, and agreed to retain the six-week time restriction. It is proposed to refer their proposal to a public hearing on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cape Elizabeth Town Hall.
Article II Permitted Signs
Sec. 21-2-1 Signs Allowed in All Zones Without a Permit
. The following signs shall be allowed in all Zoning Districts without a permit:
(c) Political signs announcing
candidates seeking public office, political parties, and/or political and
public issues contained on a ballot may, within the public right-of-way, be
erected no earlier than six weeks before an election and must be removed within
one week after the election.
No political signs shall be placed on the pavement
of a public roadway or bikeway, on traffic islands, nor on Town-owned property
except signs authorized by the Town Clerk of Cape Elizabeth to indicate the
date, time and place of polling.
Political signs as contemplated in this
sub-section shall be limited to eight (8) square feet per exposed face, or 16
square feet in total area, per sign, with the maximum horizontal measurement
being four (4) feet.
The maximum sign
height shall not exceed three and one-half (3 1/2) feet.
[Amended Eff. 10/12/2005]
20:47 Item # 37-2015 Speed Limits in Town Center Area and on Shore Road at the South Portland line
Councilor Grennon and the chief of police will present an update on findings
related to speed limits in the town center area and on Shore Road at the South Portland line. Any change in speed limits could only occur upon the council sending a letter to the Maine Department of Transportation petitioning for a change in a speed limit. MDOT would then review any such request and decide the speed limit to be implemented.
01:02:17 Item # 38-2015 Renewal of Agreement for the William H. Jordan Farm, LLC to Continue to Operate the Composting Program at the Recycling Center
The William H. Jordan Farm has operated the composting program at the recycling center since February 2005 after another firm began the program in late 2000. This program saves the town labor and equipment costs, provides a significant organic recycling opportunity and helps to preserve one of our family farms. The successor agreement is for the next five years.
01:04:10 Item # 39-2015 Fort Williams Park Use Requests for 2015
|Cape Elizabeth Little League
||March 25 to Mid July Fields
||per November 14th Letter
|Cape Elizabeth High School
||June 3‐7, 2015 Graduation Practice and Commencement
|Family Fun Day
||June 13 and Raindate
|Taste of the Nation ‐Maine
||June 28, 2015 Event
||Per January 12th Letter
|TD Beach to Beacon 10K
||July 28‐August 2 Event
||Per November 24th Letter
||One Art Show September 6, 2015 Art Show
||Per December 20th Letter
|Lucy Fund 5K
||October 17, 2015 Race
||per December 16th Letter
|American Cancer Society
||October 18, 2015 5K Walk
||per December 15th Letter
The fees are based on the fee schedule and intended use of spaces. All fees were reviewed by the Fort Williams Advisory Commission. The council previously approved a Portland Symphony Orchestra Concert sponsored by the 250th Anniversary Committee and the Fort Williams Foundation on August 29, 2015.
01:05:42 Citizen Opportunity for Discussion of Items Not on the Agenda
The council will recess into workshop format and will have a public workshop to discuss the recent findings of the study undertaken to take actions to eliminate the combined sewer overflow at Ottawa Road.
01:05:53 Item # 40-2015 Town Manager’s Annual Evaluation
Draft Motion: Ordered the Cape Elizabeth Town Council in conformance with 1 MRSA §405 6 A. hereby enters into executive session to continue the annual evaluation process for the town manager.
Link to Monthly Financial Reports