Town of Searsport Maine
P. O. Box 499
Searsport, Maine 04974
548-6372 548-2300

April 22, 2004

Department of Transportation
David Cole, Commissioner
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016

Good Day Commissioner Cole,

The Town of Searsport will be holding a Public Hearing on May 4, 2004 to help better inform the residents of Searsport regarding the Marine District (this includes Sears Island) of what a moratorium means to that area and the reasons for possibly placing a moratorium in that district.

The Town's reasons are currently that our ordinances for our Comprehensive Plan are not as yet in place even though the Comprehensive Planning Committee has been diligently working toward this goal. The threat of an LNG terminal coming to our small community has made people realize that we need to fast track the already in progress Ordinance process. The moratorium would allow our committee, along with the appropriate State Agencies, the time needed to finish this process before any major industry might come knocking on our door. This letter is to formally invite you or a representative of your office to attend this Public Hearing. We are in hopes you will attend or send a representative from your Department for our residents to ask questions of or possibly just for your information.

The Town wants very much to work in conjunction with the State Agencies for any all issues that affect us collectively. I do hope you will attend or have someone attend on your Department's behalf.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Sandra L. Blake, Town Manager Town of Searsport
P.O. Box 499
Searsport, ME 04974

cc. Alan Steams Greg Nadeau

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