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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - April 5, 1990, Biddeford, Maine The daily newspaper of York county Maine 35 cents april 5, 1990edwards farm project killed Appeal possible by Michalk Valway staff writer Biddeford a a divided planning Board wednesday shot Down Edwards farm 3v2 years after the controversial residential subdivision was proposed. It was a Victory for the Biddeford association for reasonable development a Biddeford Pool citizens group that fought the project every step of the Way. A i think i kind of honestly went Blank with the vote. I think in a still dazed by it a Gary Macmullen of 84 old Pool Road said wednesday night following the vote. The developers doing business As Biddeford Pool associates refused to discuss whether they would bring a revised proposal Back to the Board or Appeal the rejection in Superior wife charged in York murder by Tom Borg staff writer York a prominent businesswoman Jacqueline g. Bevins 49, was scheduled to face arraignment in York county Superior court at i . Today for the alleged murder of her husband in their stately Seaside Home tuesday. Police arrested Bevins in a Portland Hospital at 9 . Wednesday a Day after they interviewed her about the shooting of her husband John w. Bevins Maine department of Public safety spokesman Stephen Mccausland said today. Bevins was taken to York county jail where she was held without bail until her formal arraignment. Police this morning still were tight lipped about the shooting death of John Bevins found dead in his Home shortly after 1 10 . Tuesday. An autopsy wednesday revealed Bevins died of a multiple gunshot wounds a Mccausland said. He would not reveal what kind of gun killed Bevins where he was shot or How Many times he was shot. A somebody is being tried for the most serious crime in Maine a he said. A the attorney general a office prefers Many of the intimate details come out in judicial Mccausland said police believe they know the motive behind the shooting As Well what happened in the Home tuesday but he would not reveal that information either. A we Are investigating a wide variety of information regarding the Bevins marital situation and finances a he said. State police sgt. Michael Harriman said police were checking a an altercation the couple had a three or four years Ogunquit police chief William p. Hancock or. Today said mrs. Bevins a a supposedly stabbed her husband with a screwdriver in Florida a few years ago. A i think she found her husband with another woman a he said. Hancock said he believed police a locked her up for the night a then released her when her husband refused to press charges. In a separate incident in 1982, Jacqueline Bevins reported someone barged into her restaurant office stabbed her and stole $10,000 Cash Hancock said. He noted that the cuts were not severe and that a police had questions As to the Validity of what a homicide continued on Page 12 j f it. R a a f i. Ltd a 5 i 11 a v a i w pages Abby 19 business 9 classified 18c-27c comics 18 Community 23 lifestyle 8 lotteries 12 movies 19 obituaries 2 opinion 10,11 sports 13-18 television 19 world National 4,5 weather court. A if my clients done to know i done to know a said their Portland attorney Christopher l. Vaniotis. The 44-acre subdivision of 35 Homes priced originally around $150,000 was planned off old Pool Road at Biddeford Pool. It was rejected by a 3-2 vote with debate entered on whether it met two criteria in Maine a subdivision Law. Under the regulations a development a must not cause unreasonable Highway o Public Road congestion or create unsafe traffic conditions. A must not have an undue Adverse effect on the Scenic or historic characteristics of an area or on Public Access to the Shoreline. Planning Board members Janice Deroche Ronald Goulet and Christina Manikas opposed the project. Chairman Philip Masse and member Marc Boutot favored approval but with conditions outlined in a seven Page document drafted by the developers. Much of the controversy involved ownership of old Pool Road and whether proposed changes to the Road would fail to meet regulatory requirements. The actual Width of the roads right of Way was never determined from City state and York county registry of deed records. But property owners including Macmullen noted their deeds said ownership extended to the Edge of old Pool Road. He said the developers would have taken at least a 5-foot-wide strip along his property line. Portland attorney r. John Wuesthoff who represented the citizens group warned the Board that it would be a inviting a series of takings and litigation so by approving the Road and a sidewalk As proposed. Wuesthoff also objected to Biddeford Pool associates expectation that other developers would be obligated to pay them for the use of improvements to old Pool Road. He said the City could be liable it it failed to collect a reimbursement due Biddeford Pool associates. A a you re inviting a lawsuit later on because you re going to be a toll collector for developers a Wuesthoff said. But Vaniotis said the developers would build Only seven of the 35 Homes. And if the Road improvements and sidewalk could not be a Edwards farm continued on Page 12 Wadlin building renovation is Given thumbs Down too Biddeford a the City Council could be asked to override a planning Board decision wednesday not to approve John b. Wasileskie a plan to create 46 apartments in the historic former Junior High school on Alfred Street. Wasileski of Lyman also had proposed a a a Latchkey Center for children who would otherwise go Home to an empty apartment or House after school. He also sought approval for a contract zone to allow an apartment building in the neighbourhood in a contract zone a special development District can be designated for a single property. Board members Marc Boutot Janice Deroche and chairman Philip Masse opposed the project. They cited concerns with density and parking. Members Ronald Goulet and Christina Manikas favored the proposal. A i guess i was disappointed because i think we had a Quality proposal that merited planning Board approval a Wasileski said this a Junior High continued on Page 12 Saco shuffle in j a ii. V apr. A Tom Wallace staff photographer three year old Jennifer Waice of Saco shuffles through a Large puddle outside Fairfield elementary school As she and her father Leonard Waice wait for her sister to get out of kindergarten class wednesday. After several Days of rain the weather is expected Clear today and remain Clear through most of Friday. Snow flurries Are expected to move into the area Friday night. Legal issues Force town to drop line item budget by Windy Watkins staff writer Sanford a selectmen backed Down wednesday from their stance that the school departments budget should be broken Down into a line item format after being warned it could be a violation of state Law. But some selectmen Are calling for a referendum to change the town charter to allow the budget to be voted on in a line item fashion starting next year. T the line item voting would give town meeting members the Chance to vote Down specific items in town budgets rather than allowing officials to shuffle Money around in specific accounts to cover shortfalls or beef up spending for High priorities. On advice from town attorney William Dale based on state statute and local provisions the Board voted to put a chunk sum school budget article on the May town meeting warrant As requested by the school committee and which is Standard warrant procedure. Several weeks ago selectmen scrapped the school committees request and on recommendation of the warrant committee put the line item budget on the warrant. Monday night the school committee had authorized its attorney Thomas Humphrey of Sanford to investigate the Legal aspects of the line item budget proposed by the warrant committee and selectmen. That move Drew barbs at wednesdays selectmen a meeting. A if they feel they should protect their budget so badly they have to go to court on it then they should go to court on it a selectman Daniel Flanagan said. A a in a amazed they would want to spend the towns Money so easily on Legal fees a he questioned the committees rationale saying a lawsuit would a take Money away from the children to sue the single article budget which has town meeting members voting on the budget in its entirety in a single vote allows the school department to a hide its budget a charged Flanagan. But school committee chairman Gary Sullivan countered that the school department has always provided detailed information about its budget and would gladly do so again this year. Ii a a a a a a a a a bomb someday town meeting might vote Down the entire school budget because of a single item in it. John r. Tucker Iii Sanford selectman selectmen voted unanimously to submit the single article school budget into the warrant but Flanagan and selectman John r. Tucker Iii said they were in favor of the line item approach. Tucker suggested the referendum which would Amend the town charter to require budgets be voted on in a line item fashion. A someday town meeting might vote Down the entire school budget because of a single item in it a Tucker said. A i m still in favor of line budgets have been for years and years. We just went about it the wrong he said being Able to veto a single item in the budget was part of tile democratic process. Sullivan questioned whether the town budget would be As closely scrutinized in the line item approach As the schools budget. A Sanford continued on Page 12 Cloudy Page 2. Bridging the River the Kennebunk set aside quarrel by Imily Caldwel staff writer Kennebunkport selectmen from the Kennebunk agreed wednesday to Settle a Kennebunk River Harbor master dispute an Issue that has divided the two boards like the red sea for nearly a year. The two towns boards also agreed to consider teaming up to promote recycling fight what they Call unfair school funding formulas and ease potential problems at a proposed july 4 fireworks show in Kennebunk. The meeting Between the two towns boards at Kennebunkport a town Hall wednesday night went smoothly and remained amicable even after some Board members had indicated that they looked Forward to Hearty debate with their counterparts across the River. The River has continued to be a Snag in otherwise smooth relations Between the boards. And last summer a dispute Over a mooring resulted in Kennebunk s appointment of a second Harbor master after years of allowing one person to serve As Harbor master for both towns. A we were sitting there saying a screw them a and you Guys were saying a screw us a a Kennebunk selectmen chairman Boyd Long said wednesday night describing the past sparring Between the two boards. Since then As the River committees examination of Public Access to the River sparked discussion of the possible hiring of an assistant Harbor master and funding a study of Public Access the two towns were again at Odds. On wednesday however they agreed to work their Way Back toward one Harbor master. But Kennebunk town manager Richard Erb suggested that Don Tison of Kennebunk who is also the towns code enforcement officer and David Emmons of Kennebunkport should deputized each other in an Effort to get the Best of both Harbor master worlds. A Dave is there on the River and Don has Access to things in the office and. Attributes in the administrative role a he said. A i like the concept of two Harbor Tison and Emmons together developed a waiting list of 87 people who want moorings in the River Many of whom get passed Over As people Transfer their moorings secretly a Kennebunk continued on Page 12 i

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