On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, the Lamoine Board of Appeals signed a document officially acknowledging the Maine Supreme Court verdict rejecting the Appeals Board’s overturning of the Planning Board’s decision to deny the gravel permit for mining the rest of Cousins Hill at Lamoine Corner. According to their November 9, 2020 meeting agenda, the Lamoine Planning Board will consider a revocation of one of the two permits (site plan, “SPRO”) they were compelled to approve by the Appeals Board. They may also vote to ask the Code Enforcement Officer to prepare a statement of whether any restoration should happen due to illegal extraction which may have taken place during the time of the various appeals. This means the 7 year effort to prevent Harold MacQuinn, Inc. from removing Cousins Hill is over, and the hill will remain.
At the Appeals Board meeting, the board members signed the document but insisted on Lamoine’s Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon adding a sentence indicating the Board’s displeasure with having to see their decision reversed. We have not seen that version.
Meanwhile, the group responsible for opposing the permits and later for bringing the lawsuit, Friends of Lamoine (FOL) is about to send a questionnaire to its donors asking about future plans for the group now that this battle is over. We will be sending the survey via SurveyMonkey on or about November 12 to those for whom we have email addresses. A printed paper survey will go out to others. It is very important to hear back from our supporters; we will use the results to decide our future. Only donors will receive the survey but it will be open to all members of the donor’s household. We look forward to hearing from you.