We purchased a home in Bethel to escape the city and opted for the “Maine's Most Beautiful Mountain Village” which offered less traffic, little pollution, and cultural and natural values, or so we thought. The past seven years we renovated our home and land including installing many gardens and preserved the natural beauty of the surrounding area and wildlife. We have wildlife roaming our property and enjoy feeding the deer in the winter and raising several chickens.
Weeks ago we received a notice that an asphalt plant petitioned the planning board to set up operations in our back yard and the planning board was seriously considering approving the petition. We walked the proposed property and to our surprise there was substantial trees removed from the property line and the proposed asphalt plant had built an enormous ramp for their plant operations. Is this Audacity or have they received an unofficial approval.
What has happened to maintaining aesthetics, natural beauty, preserving the landscaping, and wildlife and overall concerns of the community? Not to mention what has happened to Protecting Property Rights and Values. Noise, odors, and traffic will be increased and we will be adversely affected in use of our land and will experience a decrease in property value.
Please help in attending the next planning board meeting on Jan. 12 to "Stop the Asphalt Plant" so we do not become "Maine's Most Smelliest Mountain Village.”
Margaret and Stephen Collins