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Jean Libby Honored as Citizen Planner of the Year by Maine Association of Planners

At its annual meeting on May 17, the Maine Association of Planners honored Jean Libby as Maine’s Citizen Planner of the Year, in recognition of her tireless service to the New Gloucester community. Fittingly, Libby was presented with the award and plaque at a meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, on which she serves.

The citation for Libby’s award reads as follows: “This award is given to a citizen in recognition of time and dedication that increased understanding of planning principles, planning process, and organization’s goals and that promoted the cause and advanced the merits of planning.  Jean’s work exemplifies these practices. Jean has served on many town boards and committees including: New Gloucester Capital Improvement Committee (27 years); Planning Board (22 years); Land Management Planning Committee (20 years), Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, and the Budget Committee.”

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Public Forum with Candidates for Select Board – Now Available Online and on NGTV

The four candidates vying for two seats on the Select Board—Peter Bragdon, George Colby, Tammy Donovan, and Stephen Hathorne—participated in a candidate forum on May 15 at the meetinghouse.  Video of the hour-long forum is now available on demand at this link and will also be broadcast on NGTV Channel 1302 until election day, Tuesday June 11, 2019.  The detailed broadcast schedule is available below.

The candidate forum was co-sponsored by the New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee and the Maine League of Women Voters. It was moderated by Barbara Kaufman of Freeport, a member of the League board.

Select Board Candidates Peter Bragdon, George Colby, Tammy Donovan, and Stephen Hathorne await the moderator’s first question at the May 15 Candidate Forum

GNG Community Service Club works with Environmental Resources Committee at the NG Fairgrounds

On Saturday May 4, seven students from the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club worked with members of the New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee to clear invasive plants and plant two trees at the fairgrounds. The photo pictures the students posing with volunteer Joanne McKee.

Dick Allen, Environmental Resources Committee

From left to right: Hannah Purdy, Cordelia Lambert, Izzy Castrucci, Mia Millet, Joanne McKee, Sydney Lefebvre, Ellyce Kline, and Allison Kimball.

Patti’s May 24 Inside New Gloucester Column

Amelia, 8, and 6-year-old Erica Reed enjoy a May 9 Royal River Conservation Trust Rain or Shine Club scenic hike at Big Falls Preserve, which bisects New Gloucester and Auburn.
Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Memorial Day parade

New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at the Memorial School at 86 Intervale Road on Monday, May 27. Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade route will proceed north along Route 231 and then heads to the right at the blinker light onto Route 100. The procession stops at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services at approximately 9:30 a.m. Afterward, the parade route takes a right onto Peacock Hill Road, then left onto Gilmore Road. The route ends at the Amvets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location to begin lining up at 8 a.m. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, leave a message for Bill Greene at 514-6994.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to:

MSAD 15 Budget Validation Vote TONIGHT – Thursday May 23 at 6:30 pm

District voters will vote tonight on a proposed $27.8 million fiscal year ‘20 school budget.  Voter registration begins at 6:00 and the budget meeting at 6:30 pm in the GNG High School cafeteria. 

The proposed budget reflects a 3.96 percent increase over the current year and a 4.92 increase in New Gloucester and Gray’s combined local share, according to district administrators.  Flat funding from the state due to declining district enrollments and increases in salaries and benefits underlie the budget picture.  For New Gloucester, which is responsible for 35 percent of the $16.1 million local contribution, administrators estimate a $0.52 uptick in the overall mil rate, an increase of $102 on a $200,000 home.  Detailed budget documentation can be accessed here.

Tonight’s budget vote is the first of two; a school budget validation referendum will follow on Tuesday June 11, when New Gloucester voters will also elect two members of the Select Board and vote on whether to create a town charter commission.

Planning Board Sets Hearing on Sabbathday Lake Dock

The Planning Board on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. on June 4 on a request to install a 70-foot dock on Sabbathday Lake.

The board will visit the site at the seven-lot Sabbathday Shores subdivision at 6 p.m. on May 29.

The public hearing will be held at the Meeting House on Route 231.

Developer Allen Hamilton wants a 4-foot-wide, 70-foot-long dock that ends with a 36-foot-long T section.

All boats using the dock must be launched at Outlet Beach.

Ellie Fellers special to the Sun Journal.

Reasons and Timeline for a Town Charter

Third in a series of articles about town charters by John Salisbury

Why should the Town of New Gloucester approve a Charter Commission to draft a town charter?

The most compelling reason is “local control.”  Many have probably heard this term bantered about.  Local control is to a great extent a mirage for towns that have not adopted a municipal charter.  This is because towns that do not have a charter only have limited options provided by the state statutes for determining their town governing and management structure. 

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“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

New Gloucester Democratic Committee members Penny Hilton, left, Misty Coolidge, Mark Stevens and David Hilton welcome customers to the 2018 “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale.

The 12th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $50 gift card to the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

New Gloucester voters to decide on tax, public safety ordinances — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal

New Gloucester — The Board of Selectmen voted 3-1 on Monday night to hold a special town meeting June 19 to vote on a revised Property Tax Assistance Ordinance.

The ordinance would allow residents 70 or older to get a tax reduction of $1,000 or a pro-rated share of the money in the program fund, if their annual household income is $40,000 or less.

At the annual town meeting earlier this month, the board asked voters to reject the ordinance because it needed revisions. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s article in the Sun Journal

Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week

In 2018, emerald ash borer, a tiny wood-boring beetle from Asia, was found in northern Aroostook and York counties in Maine. Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a threat to all ash trees in North America, and has already done considerable damage to ash in forests and residential properties across the eastern US. In addition to comprising an important part of our forest ecosystem, the wood from ash trees is valuable for flooring, cabinetry, hockey sticks and baseball bats. Many streets in many Maine towns are lined with ash trees and ash trees have been planted in residential landscapes for shade and to increase property values. In Maine, brown ash is an important part of the Wabanaki creation story and culture, and has been used for generations for basket weaving. Keep reading on the Cumberland County Soul and Water District’s website.