EXCERPT FROM THE TOWN COUNCIL PACKET AND AGENDA for MARCH 9th MEETING. LINK TO TOWN COUNCIL PACKET HERE.
9. All items involving the town attorney, town engineers, town employees or other town consultants or requested officials.
(030115-1) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a hearing in accordance with17 M.R.S. Sec. 2851, to determine if the structure commonly referred to as the former Mary’s Store, located on the lot or parcel of land at or about 40 Old Post Road in Kittery, Map 8 Lot 25, is a dangerous building and if so, what action, if any, the Town Council orders to be taken to address such dangerous conditions of said structure.
By Jesse Scardina
March 08. 2015 3:39PM
Kittery Town Council to take up bus depot property
KITTERY, Maine – The Town Council’s meeting Monday night will touch on whether the town will determine whether a property on Old Post Road being used as a bus rental company is dilapidated and needs to be removed.
The ongoing discussion about the property, which has been caught up in litigation for roughly 30 years, has moved from the buses that sit on the property of Jim Dineen to the structure on the property that, for a long time, was a convenience store before Dineen purchased the property in 1992.
The town believes the structure poses a threat to the community if it were to fall, and is dangerous in its current condition. The property, on 40 Old Post Road, is right next to a public pond often used for ice skating, and down the road from the town’s football and baseball field complex.
By Jesse Scardina
February 01. 2015 2:01AM
Dilapidated building battle in Kittery rages on
KITTERY, Maine – A property dispute involving the town and a resident that has been ongoing for roughly 30 years is active again, as the town seeks to have a dilapidated building removed on Old Post Road.
Since 1985, litigation battles have ensued between the town of Kittery and Jim Dineen, who, since 1973, owns property on Old Post Road near Legion Pond and has been running a charter bus company from that property. The town deems the property as an unpermitted vehicle graveyard and has ordered several thousands of dollars in fines on Dineen as well as the removal of any non-functioning vehicles.
Dineen said he has complied with the court orders, and that each vehicle on the property is operational and that spare buses are commonly used for extra parts.
“Every vehicle on my property is a running vehicle,” Dineen said over the phone Wednesday. “The town has been on a crusade against me since 1985. Even if I had all new buses, that wouldn’t satisfy them.”
Town Council Chairman Jeffrey Thomson sees the situation differently, saying that if Dineen wanted to run a bus charter company in the commercialized zone, the town would be more than willing to let him do that.
“(Dineen) has every right to operate a legitimate business on that site,” Thomson said from his living room, which looks out toward Legion Pond and Dineen’s property. “And if that means he has more buses than can fit in his garage – as long as they are road-worthy – that is fine. That’s part of a normal business. But when you have these carcasses there, that’s not normal.”