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Old 12-10-2010, 08:49 AM
 
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We're looking for help in the Waterville/Belfast area. We own a year round home on a lake with seasonal residences on either side of us. One of the adjoining land owners has fixed up one of the residences to try to stay in the winter. The residence was purchased as a "seasonal property". We have gone to the Town council and gotten no where even after citing to them the Maine "conversion permit" laws and related plumbing codes. Can anyone recommend a local attorney that specializes in this type of situation, or has anyone dealt with a similar situation where we can find a ruling from another case? We want to know our rights and direction in bringing this situation to a quick conclusion. Thanks
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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We're looking for help in the Waterville/Belfast area. We own a year round home on a lake with seasonal residences on either side of us. One of the adjoining land owners has fixed up one of the residences to try to stay in the winter. The residence was purchased as a "seasonal property". We have gone to the Town council and gotten no where even after citing to them the Maine "conversion permit" laws and related plumbing codes. Can anyone recommend a local attorney that specializes in this type of situation, or has anyone dealt with a similar situation where we can find a ruling from another case? We want to know our rights and direction in bringing this situation to a quick conclusion. Thanks
Just did a quick scan of the conversion law. If they have a legal septic, there should be no reason why it couldn't be a year round residence.

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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I don't understand what the problem is with having a year round residence near by-there'd be someone close to sort of keep an eye on the seasonal ones, right? No?
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Maine's garden spot
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I don't understand what the problem is with having a year round residence near by-there'd be someone close to sort of keep an eye on the seasonal ones, right? No?
I like having the year rounders next door to my camp.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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The problem lies in the fact that they don't have a legal septic and cannot meet the
setback and lot size requirements to put one in. Our well is in very close proximity to
their "septic system" and increased septic usage would not be a good thing for our well
or the water quality in the lake>
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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Let me get this straight. frustrated77 wants to schedule when his neighbors can stay at their property. Any guesses where frustrated77 is from originally?

There is such a thing as an incinerating toilet if there is not room for a new leach field. They can also use a pumped system. It's legal.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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if the problem is the spetic, why not get in touch with epa? or whatever agency handles wayer polution issues?
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The problem lies in the fact that they don't have a legal septic and cannot meet the
setback and lot size requirements to put one in. Our well is in very close proximity to
their "septic system" and increased septic usage would not be a good thing for our well
or the water quality in the lake>
What did your water test say is the problem?
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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Just did a quick scan of the conversion law. If they have a legal septic, there should be no reason why it couldn't be a year round residence.
Thank you - "legal septic" being the key words, as in 144A CMR 242 in the Maine rules for Conversion in the Shoreland Zone..... The guidelines
under this topic are quite fefinitive...
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Call the state plumbing inspector if there is no local inspector in Burnham (I think there is one though). The DEP may also have some input into it. There is a specific distance a well can be to a septic. Grandfathered systems may cloud the law up though. You may wind up drilling a new well. Get the big spoon and start stirring.
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