CHINA: Rollins, Wilkens to lead planning board

by Mary Grow

China Planning Board members began their Nov. 9 meeting by electing new leaders, since former Chairman Randall Downer has retired. Co-chairman Toni Wall moved that Scott Rollins become chairman and James Wilkens co-chairman; the motion was approved.

Rollins welcomed new member Michael Brown.

Board members then unanimously approved both commercial applications on their agenda, finding they met all criteria in town ordinances.

Jayson Mortimer has approval to open an automobile service business in the existing garage by his home at 86 Vassalboro Road. Michael Marois has approval to add more than 100 cubic yards of fill to expand seating and parking at his MJEK Seafood and Grill, at 239 Lakeview Drive.

The board’s short public hearing on Mortimer’s application drew no comments. Mortimer still needs a sign permit from Codes Officer Jaime Hanson, and he said he is waiting for state approval of his proposed inspection station.

Marois intends to move the outdoor seating area south and turn the present seating area into parking, he said.

Rollins reminded the applicants that neighbors have 30 days to appeal the board decision. Neither man expects objections. Mortimer said at an earlier meeting that he has helped several neighbors with their vehicles, and Marois commented, “Most of my neighbors are family.”

The next China Planning Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23.


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