Town of Cumberland, ME
Cumberland County
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[Adopted 5-20-1985]
[Amended 9-10-2012]
No person, except by direction of the Road Commissioner, when acting within the scope of his authority, shall dig up any part of a street, highway, or Town way without first obtaining written permission from the Town Council. Whoever violates this section shall be punished as provided in § 200-5.
[Amended 9-10-2012; 7-14-2014]
A. 
Whoever, being the owner or person having the care of any sheep, swine, horses, oxen, cows, or other grazing animals, shall permit them to go at large or to graze on any street, lane, park, square, cemetery or other public place within the limits of the Town of Cumberland, or permit any such animal to go or stand upon any sidewalk therein, and whoever shall fasten any horse or other grazing animal to any tree growing in any street, public way or park within said limits, shall be subject to violations as provided in § 200-5.
B. 
Dogs shall be considered at large when on Town-owned public property such as cemeteries, Prince Memorial Library, the Cumberland Historical Society, Town Hall, and any other Town-owned open space located within 100 feet of a residential property, as well as all athletic fields, unless controlled by a leash of not more than 15 feet in length. Dogs are permitted in the Rines Forest and on all Town-owned open space located more than 100 feet from a residential property, except as otherwise specifically excluded above, provided that they are on leash or under voice control. Dogs shall be permitted on all other Town-owned property pursuant to the times and rules as designated in the table below:
[Amended 12-28-2015]
Twin Brook
(Tuttle Road)
Twin Brook
(Tuttle Road)
Twin Brook
(Greely Road)
Twin Brook
(Greely Road)
Val Halla
Val Halla
Broad Cove Reserve
Prohibited from turnaround on Beach Drive to the water
3/1 to 12/1
12/2 to 2/28
3/1 to 12/1
12/2 to 2/28
3/1 to 12/1
12/2 to 2/28
Year-round
Open to 12:00 noon
Voice control
Not allowed
Leash only
Voice control
Not allowed
Voice control
Leash only
12:00 noon to close
Leash only
Not allowed
Voice control
Voice control
Not allowed
Voice control
Leash only
During organized activities
Leash only
Not allowed
Leash only
Voice control
Not allowed
Voice control
Leash only
C. 
"Voice control" shall mean that the dog returns immediately to and remains by the side of the owner in response to the owner's verbal command. The owner of a dog under voice control shall have in hand at all times a leash of not more than 15 feet in length in order to restrain the dog as needed. A leash shall not include an electronic control collar or other device. "Owner" shall mean any person who is an actual owner of a dog or is in possession or keeping of a dog on public property. No more than three dogs shall be under the control of one owner at one time while on public property.
D. 
"Public property" shall mean all land owned by the Town of Cumberland, including without limitation Twin Brook Recreation Area, the Rines Forest, the Town Forest and Val Halla Golf Course and Recreation Center. All additional regulations and policies as adopted by the Town Council for specific public property as well as Chapter 17, Animal Control, of this Code shall also apply to animals at large and owners. Where the provisions of this article and another applicable policy or chapter are in conflict, the more restrictive provision shall apply.
[Amended 9-10-2012]
Whoever, except a person employed by the Town for the purpose, removes, mutilates, damages, or destroys any ornamental tree, shrub, flower, or other plant, planted or growing in any cemetery or other public property of the Town, shall be punished as provided in § 200-5.
A. 
Whenever the Town becomes the owner, by reason of three or more tax deeds or tax liens on which the period of redemption has expired, of any woodlot within the Town, the Town Council shall have such woodlot appraised by a trained forester and after such appraisal shall determine whether or not it is in the best interests of the Town to hold such woodlot as a part of the Town forest. The determination of the Town Council to hold a woodlot as part of the Town forest shall be recorded by the Town Clerk, and thereafter it shall never be sold except after a vote by the Town Council to do so.
B. 
Immediately after a woodlot is designated as part of the Town forest, the Town Council shall locate the bounds of the lot and have them plainly marked and shall place suitable signs on the lot identifying it as property of the Town of Cumberland.
C. 
The Town forest shall be managed by the Town Council. The Council shall seek the recommendations of the Forestry Department of the University of Maine and advice of the Maine Extension Service Forester, or other trained person, when cutting, thinning or planting in the Town forest and in all other places of forest management.
[Added 9-10-2012; amended 7-14-2014]
Whoever violates § 200-1, 200-2 or 200-3 of this article shall be subject to a civil penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $250 for the first offense and not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each subsequent offense.