Belfast City Council Considering Cannabis Deal, Refunding K-9 Officials, Holiday on the Harbor


BELFAST – Belfast City Council will hold its regularly scheduled public session on Tuesday 7 December at 7pm. The council will meet in an executive session earlier in the day at 5 p.m. to discuss two matters. The first is listed as a legal matter to be discussed with the Public Prosecutor, while the second item is listed as a personnel matter under the December 7th agenda.

Two public hearings are also on the agenda. The first public hearing listed relates to a new application from Michael D’Amico, who works as Buon Vivente at 132 High Street, for a Malt, Vinous and Spiritous restaurant / lounge license for the inside of the venue.

The second hearing will be held under Belfast’s Victualer License Regulations for a Victualer license for Danny Costa, who, according to the agenda, operates as DCMP Group LLC (Dunkin Donuts).

An application for approval of a 12-month flat-rate license for gambling (bingo) for Tarratine Tribe # 13 is also heard. The Tarratine building is at 153 Main Street.

Another topic of discussion is a request for use of a facility by Samantha Maheu on behalf of Troy Howard Middle School. The group plans to install a Christmas exhibition in the windows of Belfast City Hall by December.

Permission to use Steamboat Landing during this year’s event will be requested at the upcoming Holiday on the Harbor event. Vacation at the port is planned for December 11th from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

A number of business topics are on the agenda, including a first reading of the proposed amendments to Chapter 82 Shoreland and Chapter 102 Zoning relating to the regulation of adult marijuana plants. The reading will be followed by a discussion of recent retail marijuana inquiries.

The Belfast Planning Board held five meetings between September 1st and November 17th, in addition to a public hearing on October 6th. During that session, the panel received a comment from Origins Cannabis, a developer who proposed the development of a Tier 4 marijuana plant in the old Mooszelt building, in accordance with the proposed regulation changes. (Page 44/218)

According to the proposed changes, the board proposes three topics. One is to allow small-scale cultivation of less than 2,000 square feet of adult plants in rural areas; extensive plant canopy up to 20,000 square feet on Route 1 South and Searsport Ave.

A motion from the Director of the Planning and Coding Department will be heard at the meeting to consider an additional lease for materials storage for the Clark & ​​Eisele boat builders at Belfast Yards at 45 Front Street.

The Belfast Police Commissioner will ask the council to accept the takeover of their K-9, which has moved from the Belfast Police Department to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office with his handler, Deputy Travis Spencer.

In an email to City Manager Erin Herbig, Belfast Police Chief Gerry Lincoln estimates the cost of reimbursing the K-9 at $ 24,500. This amount was calculated, among other things, on the basis of the costs for the dog, in addition to the training for the dog and dog handler. Lincoln also suggested using the funds to rebuild the K-9 program at the Belfast Police Department.

The library director will request the council to appoint Kelly Lange as a full-time library assistant for the Belfast Free Library.

Meetings begin with a call by name from Belfast Mayor Eric Sanders and Councilors Mary Mortier, Neal Harkness, Michael Hurley, Brenda Bonneville, Paul Dean and City Manager Erin Herbig and Administrative Assistant Manda Cushing.

Information and documents related to this meeting are available on the city’s website.

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Belfast City Council meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The sessions are conducted online with Zoom and can be streamed on the Belfast City website. They are also broadcast live on BEL TV and on Belfast Community Radio at WBFY 100.9.