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REVISED CRADLE BEACH PLANS APPROVED

The Evans Planning Board Wednesday night approved revised site plans for Cradle Beach Camp in Angola, virtually giving the the green light to plans for year-round activities in two of the camp's buildings.

Board Chairwoman Sandra Brant said the plans now go to the town building inspection department for further review before a certificate of occupancy is issued.

"We're very happy with the outcome," Rodney Jones, executive director of the camp, said after the board's decision.

The project, begun about two years ago, calls for winter use of the Jim Kelly House and infirmary. The proposal was tabled last month so the board could hear from the fire marshal and address concerns raised by some of the camp's neighbors.

Changes in the revised site plan include emergency access for the Fire Department, drainage improvements and the relocation of a dumpster.

Drainage problems were a big concern of residents who live near the camp. The new site plan calls for a large ditch to help alleviate the problem.

"What they have done is a responsible approach," said Ms. Brant, adding that the board will be monitoring the camp over the next several months to gauge the success of drainage improvements.

"We'll need to monitor it until the summer," she said.

Jones said the camp wants to be a good neighbor.

"If there's something we can do to help the situation, we'll be happy to do so," he said. "We want a positive relationship with our neighbors and will work to maintain it," he added.

During last month's board meeting, some residents complained of noise from the camp.

"What we'll try to do is minimize those noises by redirecting speakers -- those kinds of things," Jones said.

Jones said the two buildings in question are the only ones capable of year-round use. The camp, which services about 1,000 developmentally and/or economically disadvantaged children over five sessions every summer, now will be able to use the two buildings for some of the same kinds of programs during the winter months.

He said final approval would come through the Building Inspection Department.

"We'll be set to go forward," he said.

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