WATERVILLE — City councilors tonight are scheduled to consider proposed changes to the zoning ordinance for two housing projects.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center and will be preceded by an executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss labor relations.

Herbert and Heidi Goudreau plan to build multi-family housing behind their assisted-living facility, Goudreau’s Retirement Inn, at 110 College Ave.

The Goudreaus want to provide meal service for residents and guests and a beauty parlor for guests only, but a change is needed to the city’s zoning ordinance to allow for those uses.

Councilors on Aug. 21 took a first vote to approve the zone change; three votes are needed for final approval. Councilors may take one or two votes tonight.

In another zoning matter, councilors will consider taking final votes to amend the zoning ordinance to allow a parcel off Fieldstone Drive to be rezoned as part of Paul Lussier’s housing development, Fieldstone Meadows LLC.

In other business tonight, the council will consider:

• Authorizing a mobile food vendor’s license for Darling’s Auto Group, of Brewer. Darling’s has an ice cream truck that gives away free ice cream and accepts donations for charities. Operator Robert Dennis wants to park the truck in Waterville to raise money for Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen.

• Signing an agreement to allow Waterville Development Corp. to act as the city’s agent in marketing, selling and developing land the city acquired recently next to Robert LaFleur Municipal Airport, known as Airport Industrial Park.

• Donating 0.054 acre of landlocked property next to the new Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on Colby Circle to the homeless shelter.

• Updates by City Manager Michael Roy on the police station project and a grant for Quarry Road Recreation Area.

• Approving an ordinance change that would eliminate the regulation of certain fundraising activities such as bottle drives, bake sales and car washes. A memo from City Clerk Patti Dubois to councilors and Mayor Karen Heck, dated Aug. 31, says Dubois met with police Chief Joseph Massey and Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey to determine whether there is any reason the city would want to continue regulating such fundraisers.

“To my knowledge, there are no other municipalities in Maine that regulate these types of activities,” the memo states. “As you can imagine, processing these types of permits takes up valuable staff time, with no ability to recoup any costs, as the fees are waived for these types of nonprofit activities.”


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