Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal | Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm
NEW GLOUCESTER — Public Works Director Ted Shane told residents Wednesday night that he supports building a six-bay public works garage to keep town equipment under cover.
“I’m not a fan of leaving vehicles outside,” he said. “The life expectancy is longer with the six-bay garage over the five-bay garage and will provide security, too.”
Wednesday’s meeting was the first of two on building a six-bay garage for $4.6 million or a five-bay garage for $4.3 million, and an 80- by 160-foot salt shed. The site for both structures is 611 Lewiston Road.
The site is 25 acres and was chosen from among six because it’s got the Fire Department building, has adequate space, suitable soils and slopes, and has the greatest potential for shared services. The site also has an approved road entrance permit off Route 100 issued by the Maine Department of Transportation.
The town garage and salt shed in Upper New Gloucester has cracked load-bearing walls and crumbling masonry blocks. In addition, roof and wall leaks, and water damage and lack of insulation make working conditions difficult. The building is undersized with outdated mechanical systems and drainage problems, along with driveway safety issues. Continue reading
An open note to the voters of New Gloucester
Three short years ago, on the urging of a few people, I decided to run for Selectman here in New Gloucester. You honored me by choosing me in a contested election and I have been ever grateful for it. You welcomed a gray-haired, oxygen-tank-dependent senior lady to represent you on our governing board. Thank you so very much for the opportunity. It has been a rewarding experience for me and I hope that I have lived up to your faith in me. It was a chance for me to pay back the acceptance that I have felt in my chosen hometown. I truly enjoyed the experiences that I have had during these past three years and the new relationships that I have been privileged to develop. Continue reading
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Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal | Thursday May 25, 2017 at 11:15 pm
GRAY – Voters in School Administrative District 15 on Thursday passed a $25.5 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The budget is an increase of 3.94 percent, or $967,450.
The estimated tax increase for a home valued at $100,000 in Gray is $78 and in New Gloucester it’s $55.
Moderator Donald Libby of New Gloucester moved voters through 18 warrant articles, which drew questions from the public about the reduction of $254,000 in local share from the Maine Department of Education over the current year.
The district will receive $9.65 million, a reduction from the current $9.9 million. Continue reading
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In a follow-up message to the community, New Gloucester selectman Laura Jane Sturgis has shared her plan to withdraw as a write-in candidate for school board in favor of Gary Harriman, a New Gloucester resident currently serving on the MSAD 15 board. Harriman will run in June as a write-in candidate. Sturgis’s full May 7 message follows. Continue reading
In a May 4 letter to the community, Laura Jane Sturgis has announced that she will run for MSAD 51 School Board as a write-in candidate. Sturgis will complete a term on the New Gloucester board of selectmen in June. Her letter announcing her run for school board follows:
“At our annual Town Meeting I was shocked to learn that no one had taken out nomination papers for School Board. It is not good for New Gloucester to have an understaffed representation from our town. There are a great many issues facing public education today that will impact many families in our two towns. Continue reading