[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Islesboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This article is enacted for the health and welfare of the inhabitants of the Town of Islesboro and to conserve and to protect the groundwater supply of the Town. This article is titled "Groundwater Protection Ordinance."
This article is enacted under the authority of 30-A M.R.S.A. § 3001.
Within 30 days after the enactment of this article, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint at least five persons registered to vote in the Town of Islesboro to the Groundwater Protection Committee and may further appoint up to two persons to the Committee who need not be registered voters in the Town of Islesboro.
Of the initial five registered voter members, one person shall be appointed for an initial term of one year; two people shall be appointed for an initial term of two years; and two people shall be appointed for a term of three years. Additional members shall be appointed for three years. All reappointments shall be for a term of three years.
The Committee shall annually elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman and a secretary.
The Committee shall develop and maintain programs to monitor the quantity and quality of the Town's groundwater resource. These programs shall use the voluntary cooperation of householders and businesses (unless otherwise required by law) in their implementation.
The Committee shall, in an advisory capacity and in cooperation with the Codes Enforcement Officer and local Plumbing Inspector, recommend corrective action to identified sources or potential sources of groundwater pollution.
The Committee shall develop and publicize educational and informational materials and programs from time to time regarding groundwater protection and conservation for year-round and seasonal residents.
The Committee shall be responsible for requiring adherence to the provisions of the "sole-source aquifer" designation by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Committee may apply for grants and donations for its purposes in addition to any funds appropriated to it by the Town.
The Committee shall prepare an annual budget in cooperation with the Town Manager.
The Committee shall prepare an annual report for the inclusion in the Town's Annual Report as well as such other reports as the Board of Selectmen may require.
The Committee shall cooperate with the Town of Islesboro Planning Board, all other boards and committees and the Town Manager with regard to procedures, rules, or ordinances that may affect groundwater protection. This cooperation includes but is not limited to suggesting new rules or ordinances or amendments to existing rules and ordinances as well as changes in procedures. This cooperation shall be advisory in nature.
A certified copy of this article shall be filed with the Town Clerk and shall be accessible to any member of the public. Copies shall be available to the public at the Town Office at reasonable cost at the expense of the person making the request.
This article may be amended from time to time in the manner provided for by law.