Oct. 23—NORWAY — The Select Board voted 5-0 Thursday to approve a beer, wine and spirit license for The Wolf and Harp, a new establishment at 76 Pleasant St.
Co-owner Darren Elder spoke to the board about their plans for a high-end wedding and event center, as well as a pop-up restaurant on the site of the 1896 Victorian home. The property is the former home of a restaurant named 76 Pleasant Street, which received high marks and reviews before closing within the past year.
Elder said The Wolf and Harp is named for the two co-owners. His partner, Dustin Burnett of Brentwood, Tennessee, is a musician who uses the stage name Dustin Wolf. Harp comes from Elder's Irish heritage, he said.
The board unanimously approved the liquor license.
Elder said they hope to open as soon as possible.
In other business, Town Manager Dennis Lajoie said there is temporary power to run the pump for the fuel dispensing system at the new town garage on Grove Street.
MarWin Construction of Falmouth was awarded the bid to build a fuel dispensing system at the garage. The old system was out of compliance and needed to be replaced, according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The electricity required to run it was hooked to the old garage, which has been torn down.
The board heard from summer residents Ray and Charlotte Snedeker, who wondered why it has taken so long for the town to respond to a structure along Hobbs Pond that they say violates the town's shoreland zoning ordinances and Maine shoreland regulations. It also violates the nonconformity regulations, they said. The structure, which they referred to as a treehouse/shed, is within the 100-foot setback requirement.
The couple said they filed their first complaint with the code enforcement officer 13 months ago but the structure still stands. They said they were told by the CEO on July 1 that the structure would be removed in 30 days. But during that time, work continued on the structure, such as finishing the roof and adding windows, Ray Snedeker said. About 70 days later, the structure was moved to another location on the property, but it remains within 100 feet of the pond.
Charlotte Snedeker added that she has been harassed for seeking the removal of the structure.
Selectperson Sarah Carter apologized to the Snedekers for the problems they were having and said she would study the issue since this was the first time she and the board were made aware of the issue.
Lajoie reported that the townline monument on Route 26 between Norway and Paris is 75% complete by Maine-ly Monuments of Paris. The work is paused because cement is difficult to find.
The bridge repairs on Main Street are expected to be completed by Nov. 15, Lajoie said.
To enhance the town, Selectman Thomas Curtis suggested adding a public bathroom to the downtown area and setting aside a couple of acres, perhaps near the recreation area on Cottage Road, for a dog park.