Proposed Marina UPDATED 11/28/17

Proposed marina siteThe Mousam Lake Region Association (MLRA) is providing this letter to inform our membership of a recent marina project being proposed on Lower Mousam Lake. On Thursday, November 2nd, the MLRA BOD became aware of a proposal to build a marina on lower Mousam Lake, across from the Acton Trading Post, in the Town of Shapleigh. According to the Shapleigh Planning Board (SPB) meeting minutes from October 10, 2017 (posted on 10/25 on the Shapleigh website), Marc Boisse, (principle owner of The Whole Nine Yards Aluminum Docks and Property Maintenance) applicant, and Wayne Berry, Property Owner at 17 Emery Mills Road (Map 19, Lot 8) have applied to the Town for a Conditional Use Permit – Marina. The applicant is proposing options for the development of a 2.43 acre lot on Lower Mousam Lake with approximately 720 feet of waterfront and 278 feet of road frontage that includes seasonal dockage for boats, a dock sales area, a parking lot, and a showroom for a business that will offer boat, canoe, and kayak rentals on a daily or weekly basis. Mr. Boisse attended the 10/10 SPB meeting to obtain additional information from the SPB in preparation of his future application submittal for the proposed marina.

Mr. Boisse is currently in the process of obtaining an engineering certification on the number of porta-potty’s required on-site and a traffic study at the proposed entranceway to the business, both to satisfy requests for additional information by the SPB. Much more detail on the project as well as the steps taken through the SPB process is available on the MLRA website. As of this writing, it is not known when the Mr. Boisse will complete the requests from the SPB or when the topic of the marina proposal will appear next on the SPB agenda. The SPB meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30, holding public hearings when needed just prior to the scheduled meeting, The meeting agendas are not publically available, although the Town of Shapleigh is able to inform the public of the meeting agenda on the Friday before a scheduled meeting is to take place.

As landowners on Mousam Lake, you have a right to know when proposed activities have the potential to impact Mousam Lake. Below, we have provided the contact information for the Towns of Acton and Shapleigh Board of Selectman and SPB. If you feel strongly that the proposed marina has the potential to impact your safety, experiences on the lake, or the condition of the lake we encourage you to contact the representatives from your community to express your concerns. MLRA will continue to monitor the progress of the project, voice the concerns of our members, and provide updates through our website and social media. We would also like to remind our members that you also have choices when it comes to addressing the seasonal maintenance needs of your waterfront property. Please strongly consider those local businesses whose practices align with the mission of MLRA to preserve and protect the natural character of Mousam Lake, Goose Pond and its surroundings, for today and for future generations.


MLRA Board of Directors

We encourage you to use the following information to contact members of Town Government directly:
Shapleigh Executive Secretary

Secretary (Planning Board)

22 Back Road, P.O.Box 26, Shapleigh, Maine 04076

Shapleigh Board of Selectman; (3) 

Mark Cobb

Michael Perro

William Mageary


Acton Board of Selectmen

Ed Walsh
Elise Miller
Kimberly Stacey-Horn


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