South Portland tar sands moratorium heads to Planning Board

November 21st, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH PORTLAND — A proposed temporary ban on bringing diluted bitumen “tar sands” oil into the city is headed to a Dec. 3 Planning Board public hearing.

Council, School Board leadership set for 2014

SOUTH PORTLAND — City Councilor Jerry Jalbert and School Board member Tappan Fitzgerald were selected in caucuses this week to become the next mayor and board chairman, respectively.

Formal votes to elect them will be held beginning at 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 at City Hall.

Jalbert, the only mayoral nominee in a caucus held after Monday’s City Council meeting, received a 5-2 show of support. Current Mayor Tom Blake and Councilor Patti Smith opposed the nomination by Councilor Linda Cohen.

“I asked Councilor Cohen (to accept a nomination),” Smith said, “but she said she wasn’t ready.”

Jalbert, a former Planning Board member, is entering the final year of his first term representing District 5, on the city’s west side. The mayor serves a one-year term.

Fitzgerald, serving his second term in District 5, will also serve his second term as chairman. He preceded current Chairman Rick Carter in 2012.

School Board member Karen Callahan, an at-large representative since 2007, will become vice chairwoman for the first time.

City councilors approved the moratorium, which would amend Chapter 27 of the city code, Monday by a 6-1 vote. It specifically bans “development proposals involving the loading of oil sands/tar sands products onto marine tank vessels docking in South Portland” for 180 days.

A simple majority was needed to pass the

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