Let's Take a Vote
The asphalt plant – time to stop talking and vote? Case in reference -- the old zoning issue:
After the March 1968 regular Town Meeting both sides on the zoning issue got down to business. General grumbling about zoning had been going on for months. When the Planning Board held it first 1968 meeting in the third week of March, the town manager already had a petition signed by more than 200 to abolish zoning. It reads now like the Planning Board was scrambling to solve complaints by proposing a number of amendments to the zoning ordinance. Three of these addressed Industrial Zones: it was then proposed to allow mobile homes, gas stations and improvement of pre-existing single family homes in the Industrial Zone. At their meeting the next week the Planning Board discussed articles to be published aimed at clearing up misunderstandings about the Zoning Ordinance.
On April 15 and 22 those opposed to zoning met at the Western Maine Supply store to organize their effort to repeal the Zoning ordinance. “It was the general feeling that zoning in the present form is based on the personal feelings of the Planning Board alone and does not represent the good of the town,” was the opposition group’s feeling as reported in The Citizen. A third meeting was called for April 29. On May 2 there was a public hearing at Odeon Hall to discuss: Proposal to abolish zoning, proposed zoning amendments, and the creation of a Bethel Sewer District. On May 14, a special Town Meeting was held at the Fire Station. The vote was 527 to abolish zoning and 206 to keep zoning. At the same time voters turned down a Bethel Sewer District 532 to 177. The Congress of Bethel had spoken.