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REVISED CRADLE BEACH PLANS WIN APPROVAL

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

Sandra Brant, the board's chairwoman, 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 deal with issues raised by some of the camp's neighbors.

Changes in the revised site plan include emergency access for fire departments, drainage improvements and relocation of a trash container.

Drainage problems were a big issue with residents living near the camp. The new site plan calls for a large ditch to help alleviate the problems.

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.

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 covered by the plan are the only ones capable of year-round use. The camp, which serves about 1,000 developmentally and/or economically disadvantaged children over five sessions every summer, now will be able to use the structures for some of the same kinds of programs during the winter.

He said final approval would come through the building inspection department.

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