CAMDEN, Maine — Two businesses booted from the slopes of the Camden Snow Bowl earlier this month hope to return by the end of January.

At a special meeting meeting Thursday, the Camden Select Board voted to allow Cold Toes Tacos and Sidecountry Sports to go before the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals to ask for a special exception that would allow them to return to the ski area this winter.

“This expedited the process for them, but they’ll still have to go back through the [zoning board],” Select Board Chairman John French Jr. said Monday.

The town is required to publish notice of meetings 10 days in advance, making next week the earliest possible date.

Both businesses worked out agreements in the past with the town manager and the town’s parks and recreation director, who also manages the town-owned ski venue. Those deals allowed the taco stand and sports equipment shop to set up at the ski area in exchange for giving 10 percent of their profits back to the venue, according to Brian Beggarly, owner of Cold Toes Tacos and Boynton-McKay Food Company in Camden.

On Jan. 7, the town told Cold Toes Tacos and Sidecountry Sports they could no longer operate at the Camden Snow Bowl, after the town’s attorney argued their agreements skirted local zoning ordinances and procedures.

The businesses’ owners and dozens of supporters crammed into a board meeting held last Tuesday to express their displeasure with the sudden change.

The board ultimately decided the only way to get them back on the hill without violating the town’s regulations would be to send them through the zoning board, while speeding the process up as much as possible.

The zoning board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the Washington Street Conference Room at Town Hall.

Depending on the results of that meeting, French said, the town Select Board could schedule a special meeting soon after the zoning board decision, or take the matter up again when the board meets in February.

“I’m satisfied as long as we do what the ordinance says we can do,” French said.

Some members of the board said last week that they wanted to find a way of getting the businesses back on the slopes sooner. One idea floated by board member Donald White was to issue a zoning noncompliance letter and allow the businesses to continue operating on the mountain while working through the zoning issues.

“Overall, the handling of it I’m definitely not pleased with, but the process is taking place,” Andrew Dailey, owner of Sidecountry Sports, said Monday.

His company offered fat-tire bike and ski demos during weekends on the mountain.

Dailey and Beggarly say they’ve paid the fees and submitted paperwork necessary to make it through the zoning board review.

Beggarly said he and Dailey hoped to contribute to a vibrant, unique ski area, but they already have lost out on the chance to participate in a good chunk of the short winter season.

“We’re not trying to broker a peace treaty here,” he said Monday. “We’re trying to sell $3 tacos to skiers.”

French said the town’s attorney also weighed in on another question raised during last week’s lengthy, contentious meetings — whether vendors who take part in February’s U.S. National Toboggan Championships should have to go through zoning approval under the town’s ordinance. Dozens of vendors from across the state, including a beer tent this year, descend on the Camden Snow Bowl for the event. Though they’re required to pay a vendor’s fee, they don’t go through the zoning board process.

French said the attorney found that businesses taking part in the toboggan championships are exempt from the zoning process because they are participating in an annual town-sanctioned event and are not long-term tenants.

Dailey questioned the validity of this distinction, however, saying he believes Cold Toes and Sidecountry are unfairly being treated differently from other vendors who use the venue.

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