Category Archives: Board of Selectmen

Hearing on extending solar project moratorium set for New Gloucester

| Ellie Fellers, Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen agreed Monday night to hold a public hearing on extending the 180-day moratorium on large-scale solar energy projects that voters approved in May.

The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the New Gloucester Meeting House. Voters will decide at a town meeting whether to lengthen the moratorium.

The board did not say Monday how long the extension would be.

The Land Management Planning Committee is working on a solar project ordinance which will require voter approval. Keep reading

New Gloucester board nixes loader for lack of money

| By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER – Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday night not to buy a loader for the transfer station because the price is nearly $30,000 more than what voters approved last May.

Public Works Director Ted Shane had recommended buying the machine, however when bids were opened this month the offer for a 1.8-yard Caterpillar loader was $127,500. It was the only bid for that machine, which officials believed would best meet the town’s needs. Keep reading


New Gloucester revaluation reaches nearly half of properties

| by Ellie Fellers, Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER — Assessing agent Michael O’Donnell told selectmen Monday night agents have visited 1,200 of the more than 3,000 properties being revaluated across the town.

The representative of John O’Donnell & Associates of New Gloucester, which was hired for $220,000 for the job, said he hopes to reach 2,500 “before the snow flies.”

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Select board briefed on solar installation

[Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal]

Nick Sampson, spokesman for Revision Energy of South Portland, updated selectmen Monday night on installing rooftop solar energy panels on the fire station, public works garage, transfer station and Town Hall.

The commercial solar consultant said his company was started in 2003 and employs over 250 people in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The company has installed 8,000 systems. Continue reading

New Gloucester Board Sets Votes on Ordinances, Moratorium [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

Selectmen on Monday signed the warrant for a special town meeting June 19 to vote on three ordinances and a moratorium.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the AMVET Hall on Route 100, with voter registration at 6:30 p.m.

Voters will decide on a Property Tax Assistance Ordinance, which selectmen at the annual town meeting last month asked voters to reject because it was flawed. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

A Selectman is More than a Policymaker

Peter Bragdon – Candidate for Selectman

In my opinion, town selectmen are more than just policymakers. They set the tone in town. As selectman, I feel I could offer a positive vibe for our community.

I also feel that selectmen visibility and casual accessibility should be increased, and I promise to show up around town! I understand that everyone is very busy. I also understand that it is not a requirement as a selectman to do any more than the administration stuff.  But with that said, among the five elected officials there could be more presence at community events.

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Four on ballot for two selectboard seats

Four candidates are running for two three-year Selectboard seats, while the other local races are uncontested. 

Terms are up for board member Lenora Conger and Vice Chairman Steven Libby, and neither is seeking reelection. Peter Bragdon, George Colby, Tammy Donovan and Stephen Hathorne are running to fill the two seats.  Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s story on keepmecurrent.com

Two hearings set for Tuesday on New Gloucester warrant articles

A Property Tax Assistance Ordinance and the 2019-20 municipal budget are topics, along with information on the public safety budget. Read Ellie Fellers’ story in the Sun Journal.

Materials for April 16 meetings now posted on town web site

Town of New Gloucester MEETING NOTICETuesday – April 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. Amvets Hall 1095 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester, Maine

Board of Selectmen Public Hearing
Property Tax Assistance Ordinance
Please click here to view the Proposed Ordinance

Informational Meeting Public Safety (Fire and Rescue) Budget

Budget Committee Public Hearing
FY2020 Proposed Budget
Please click here to view the FY2020 Budget 

Budget Committee Meeting to follow


Board of Selectmen Considers Budget, Reviews Warrant, Sets Special Meeting/Public Hearing for April 16

Deep into hour three of their April 8 meeting, the Board of Selectmen discussed the FY19 NG Fire and Rescue budget to be given to the Budget Committee for its April 11 meeting, and shed light on possible changes ahead for the department.  The Fire and Rescue budgets, now combined in a single “Public Safety” account, #117, have remained uncertain as the board considered options—and costs—for providing 24/7 emergency response coverage.  The board had previously set a placeholder amount of $700,000 while it deliberated.  The new FY19 figure will be $643,112.  The Fire and Rescue budget this year was $380,000. 

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