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Home Rule and Municipal Charter Facts

(Second article in the Q&A Charter Series)

  • In 1969 Maine Citizens adopted an amendment to the Maine Constitution that provided municipal “home rule”.
  • Home rule is very important for municipalities because it affords the citizens of a municipality the opportunity to adopt a municipal charter rather than depend upon the state legislature for their governing authority.
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New Gloucester Transfer Station Spring Clean-up Week

May 14th (9am – 7pm)
May 16th (9am – 7pm)
May 17th (9am – 2pm)
May 18th (9am – 5pm) 

Spring Clean-up Week allows residents to bring Bulky Waste items to the Transfer Station at no charge (a bulky waste sticker is not necessary).

Stumps, leaves, pine needles, large drums or closed metal containers are not accepted at anytime.

All types of oil including Clean Waste Oil, are accepted (year round).

(Did you know? When you recycle clean waste oil at the New Gloucester Transfer Station, the oil is being used to heat the Public Works Garage, saving taxpayers’ dollars.

Face Time: New Gloucester’s multi-tasking Misty Coolidge

Wedding expert, business owner, community volunteer, Mrs. Maine International, wife, busy mom of three, political candidate and did we mention she’s related to Calvin Coolidge? Read Jon Bolduc’s story in the Sun Journal.

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

Big budget increase expected in New Gloucester

The town’s Budget Committee said Tuesday night municipal spending could increase significantly for 2019-20 — perhaps by as much as 26%.

During a budget hearing that drew about two dozen residents, the committee said the proposed municipal budget is $4.95 million, up by $552,093 — almost 12.6% — from current spending. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece in the Sun Journal.

April Update from Senator Ned Claxton

Senator Claxton’s April update includes information about office hours, protecting access to affordable health care and drugs, improving lead testing rates, protecting student borrowers, grants for Bi-centennial marketing, visitors to the State House and a call for volunteers to sing the National Anthem.

Morrison Center rep to speak

Amy Whitmore, development coordinator at the Morrison Center, which is a southern Maine social service agency, will be the speaker for the Thursday, April 18 meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society. This free, public program will be held at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road and will start at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Rep. Amy Arata’s newsletter for April

Read Rep. Arata’s newsletter, including information about Child Abuse Prevention Month, anti-scam guide, the moose lottery and increasing numbers of cars crashing into police.


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