Spring Park approves construction at Rockvam Boat Yards, hears results of tobacco compliance checks

by Lorrie Ham
The Laker

The Spring Park City Council unanimously approved a request from Jerry Rockvam to expand the Rockvam Boat Yards building at 4029 Sunset Drive at its Dec. 21 meeting. Plans include a partial teardown of the existing building and new construction of a taller building addition on the site. The addition is intended to provide indoor space for the maintenance and cleaning of larger and taller boats.

Representing Northwest Associated Consultants, Inc., the city’s planning firm, Bob Kirmis reported that the existing building is legally non-conforming with a zero setback from Sunset Drive. City ordinance allows the expansion of such buildings, provided that the new addition meets all required setbacks and performance standards of the city’s zoning code. Kirmis said the new addition will meet the requirements and recommended approval of the request.

In the city planner’s report, it was noted that most of the site is already hard surface so the expanded building will have little impact on stormwater drainage.

“I thought the plan looked perfectly compatible with the site,” said Mayor Bruce Williamson, who added that the only question he had was adequate parking. Kirmis said he assumed that parking was a non-issue.

Rockvam suggested the council make an assumption that what he has now meets the current parking requirements and therefore the application of any parking standard would apply only to the additional square footage of the new addition.

After further discussion, the council agreed and unanimously approved the request for the expansion, provided the building plans meet building and fire codes for new construction.

In another matter, the council reviewed a report from the Orono Police Department regarding tobacco compliance checks. The department conducted compliance checks at tobacco license holders within the city of Spring Park on Dec. 7.

All license holders passed the check, with the exception of the Spring Park BP, which sold tobacco to an underage person. The results of the failed compliance checks have been forwarded to the city attorney for review of possible charges, according to Investigator Tony White.